With a focus solely in family law, attorneys at Harden Jackson, LLC are available to assist Zionsville-based clients with family law needs. Harden Jackson’s attorneys focus in a number of practice areas. For example, the firm has experience with adoption, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy. The firm also practices in the more traditional family law practice areas, including: divorce, custody, child support, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, post divorce modification, property division, and simple wills.
Harden Jackson sets itself apart by bringing experience to these family law matters in both the litigation and alternative dispute resolution arenas. Alternative dispute resolution techniques (including collaborative law, mediation, and others) allow parties to try to resolve their disputes in hopes of avoiding litigation. These methods afford parties a certain amount of privacy and control over their cases which does not apply in the courtroom; parties meet outside the courtroom to discuss their case- this can be with a third party mediator, or merely with each party and his or her respective counsel coming together to talk through the issues. These methods of resolving legal issues may be applied to a number of the family law practice areas outlined below.
Adoption, Assisted Reproductive Technology, and Surrogacy: As the law struggles to catch up with medical advances in reproductive technology and societal views on reproduction continue to change, these areas have become fraught with legal issues. Adoptions are often made difficult by state laws, international laws, and other complications, and each individual or family seeking to adopt a child will encounter different legal hurdles; this pattern is also true for individuals or families looking to create a child through assisted reproductive technologies. These technologies- artificial insemination, egg/sperm donation, surrogacy, etc.- bring with them a host of legal dilemmas. Attorneys in these areas are accountable for contractual arrangements between parties, filing all required court documents, as well as other integral responsibilities.
Divorce, Child Custody, and Paternity: Laws governing these issues vary wildly by state, and Indiana’s unique outlook on these issues is reflected in its laws. For example, divorce, or dissolution of marriage, is considered to be “no fault” in Indiana. In other words, with certain exceptions, a court generally will not consider the reasons behind the dissolution in its deliberations. Indiana has its own unique rules concerning division of property, what constitutes a final dissolution of marriage, and the awarding of spousal maintenance, as well.
Like divorce laws, Indiana’s laws governing child custody differ from other states’ laws. Indiana uses the “best interest” standard when awarding custody; the best interests of the child guide the court’s decision making. A number of factors (the child’s age and gender, the child’s wishes, the parents’ wishes, and other factors) go into this deliberation.
Indiana’s laws also govern establishment of paternity. Usually, paternity will turn on a number of factors, the most predominant of which is the woman’s marital status at the time she gives birth. If she is married at that time, Indiana law states that her husband is the father of the child. If she is not married at the time she gives birth, Indiana law provides for methods to establish paternity for the child.
These select descriptions detail only a few of our focuses at Harden Jackson, LLC, and attorneys within the firm are devoted to serving clients throughout the state of Indiana. Please do not hesitate to contact us at our Carmel location to set up an initial consultation.