A Family Law Attorney Representing Clients With Skill And Compassion
Whether your divorce will be uncontested or highly contentious, hiring a family law attorney is one of the first steps you should take. An attorney representing you in all matters related to your divorce or child custody issues is an excellent investment in your future, your family and, ultimately, your happiness. In Indianapolis and surrounding areas, the firm to contact is Frangos Legal, LLC.
We can help you with all aspects of your family law matter, including:
- Legal separation
- Divorce (contested and uncontested)
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Parenting plans and other child custody issues
- Child support
- Modifications of court orders related to parenting plans and child support
- Enforcement of agreements
As a military combat veteran with more than 30 years of experience, our attorney is uniquely suited to help military families facing divorce or custody concerns.
Experienced Legal Guidance In Divorce Matters
Divorce is formally known as “dissolution of marriage” and is the legal action to terminate a marriage. If you are considering ending your marriage, it is imperative that you have the support of an experienced divorce attorney in your state.
Our founder, David C. Frangos, brings his diverse legal background to the process, a significant advantage, particularly in high net worth cases or when it is suspected that one party may be hiding assets. We employ advanced investigation methods in these cases.
Types Of Divorce And Your Options
Divorces are as unique as the two partners involved. In some cases, the separating spouses are generally amicable and can sort through the process with minimal professional assistance. In others, there is little hope that the two former partners will come to an agreement.
The two main types of divorce are:
- Uncontested divorce: This type of divorce is when two former partners can come to an agreement without taking the divorce to court. This may be achieved through their own discussions or by engaging in mediation or collaborative law. Once the matters between the two parties are resolved, an attorney is retained to review the agreement and measure it against Indiana law before the agreement is prepared for submission to the court. At a final court hearing, the marriage is dissolved, and the mutually decided agreement is issued as a court order.
- Contested divorce: When a marriage breakup is more contentious, it may be impossible to resolve the issues without litigation. The opposing attorneys attempt to come to an agreement between the two spouses. When this does not lead to resolution, the case will proceed to trial. In a divorce trial, witnesses will testify, evidence will be presented, and the attorneys for each side present arguments. The judge will come to a decision once the trial is concluded.
Our firm is prepared to assist you in either contested or uncontested divorce.
Divorce Judgments In Indiana
A divorce judgment may be based upon an agreement of the parties made in mediation, by negotiations through their attorneys, or by the court after a divorce trial. A judgment includes provisions for child support, spousal maintenance, property division, debts, taxes, attorney fees and other factors relevant to the marriage and the process of ending it.
Finding Fair And Enforceable Child Support And Spousal Support Solutions
The two most-argued subjects in divorce and family law cases are children and money. Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is one of the most contentious aspects of divorce because of its ties to finances. When it comes to matters of child support, both your children and finances are affected.
At Frangos Legal, LLC, we understand the importance of securing child and spousal support payments to ensure you and your children are taken care of following a divorce. Whether you are the one being asked to make payments, or you are expecting to receive money from your spouse, you can rely on us for experienced advice and guidance
Factors Considered In Child Support Calculations
In most cases, the parent who has primary custody receives payments from the other parent. However, child custody arrangements can be complex, leading to confusion about who pays who and how much they should pay. There are specific guidelines used by Indiana family courts to ensure children are properly provided for. Using a percentage of the parents’ incomes and a few other factors, the court can determine how much should be paid.
A few factors that are considered in a child support calculation include:
- The income and earning capacity of each parent
- The health care and educational needs of the child
- The existing or proposed child custody agreement
We will ensure that the court has accurate information and is able to consider all relevant factors when making support decisions in your case.
How Spousal Support/Maintenance Works In Indiana
Spousal support is a type of payment made by one spouse to another during and/or after a divorce. Spousal maintenance is intended to provide the lower-earning spouse with a similar standard of living to what they had during their marriage. Spousal support may end at the end of divorce proceedings, when the receiving spouse gets remarried, or at another time specified by a judge. In some cases, spousal support may even be awarded permanently.
The court will decide spousal support based on several factors, including:
- The age of each spouse
- The assets and liabilities of each party
- The education level of both spouses
- The health – physical and mental – of both spouses
- The income and earning capacity of each spouse
- The length of the marriage
- The retirement benefits of both parties
- The standard of living maintained during the marriage
All support decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. The court is ultimately responsible for determining whether spousal support is necessary, how much will be awarded, and the duration of the payments.
An Adoption Attorney Dedicated To Supporting Families In Indiana
Families choose to adopt for a wide variety of reasons. Adoption can be a beautiful and highly rewarding experience, but you will need to overcome numerous legal and financial hurdles before and after you bring your new family member home. With professional support, however, you can complete this process efficiently and definitively.
Our attorney possesses an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the Indiana adoption process. We are honored to handle the legal complexities of adoption, so you can focus on what matters most: bringing your new family member home as soon as possible.
What We Can Do For Your Family
In our years of practice, we have counseled and represented many different types of families with varying adoption goals. No matter your unique situation, our team can counsel and represent you with a steadfast commitment to your rights and your child’s well-being. Every step of the way, we can explain the adoption process, assist you with all required documentation, and advocate for you in court.
Our firm can help you if:
- You are bringing a new family member into your home
- You are adopting a niece, nephew or other relative
- You are looking for the right home for your child
- You are adopting your stepchild
Stepparent adoption is one of the most common forms of adoption in the U.S. This may occur if a child’s biological parent has passed away or is no longer involved in their upbringing. If the child’s other parent remarries, the stepparent may wish to become their “official parent” and adopt their stepchild.
When a child is adopted, they have the same rights as a biological child, including rights to inheritance and parental support.
Adult Adoption In Indiana
At Frangos Legal, LLC, we have assisted countless families with adult adoptions. Fortunately, the process is fairly straightforward in our state. This is because once someone reaches the age of 18, they no longer need the consent of their biological parents to be adopted, among other reasons. We can help you through all stages of the process as well as provide advice and counsel when needed to ensure your adult adoption runs smoothly.
There are many reasons to adopt an adult, including:
- Legalizing inheritance rights so the adoptee can inherit their adopted parents’ estate without being biologically related to them
- To better provide caregiving to adults who have physical or mental health challenges
- To legally become a family after bonding during foster care or the introduction of a stepparent
- For adoptees to reunite with their birth families
- For adoptees to gain health or other benefits from their adoptive parents
- To allow an older sibling to take on the role of parent for a younger sibling
Whatever your reasons, our firm is here to help you through the process.
Terminating Parental Rights
In cases such as stepparent adoption, the biological parent’s rights must be formally terminated. This process is easiest when the biological parent agrees. It may be more challenging if the parent does not agree or cannot be found.
In either case, this can be an incredibly emotional process for everyone involved. Ultimately, the court will need to assess the situation and make a final decision. The court will generally disregard a biological parent’s desire to maintain parental rights if the parent abandoned the child or was abusive.
When a court terminates parental rights, the parent:
- No longer needs to pay child support (except for what was already owed)
- Loses the right to visit the child
- No longer has decision-making authority over the child
Our firm has the experience needed to help you navigate this complex legal terrain. We also have the compassion needed to provide empathetic support as you handle this sensitive and emotionally taxing process. When you hire us, you can trust us to take time to learn about your family and situation. Our goal is to ensure the adoption proceeding is as efficient as possible and provides the legal foundations your adopted family member needs.
Learn How We Can Help You During A Low-Cost Consultation
Frangos Legal, LLC, serves clients in and around Indianapolis. To discuss your family law needs with our experienced and caring attorney, contact us to schedule a low-cost initial consultation. You can reach out online or call 317-348-2150.