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Family Law

Lawyers for property distribution, alimony, child custody and support

Lee Groves & Zalas sees the big picture of your divorce. The firm’s lawyers have the experience to predict the most likely outcome of a divorce action. They take the time to explain their vision of the process ahead and the results you can expect from mediation or trial.

Distribution of property

Indiana divorce law instructs the family courts to presume that marital property should be divided equally. However, the law allows the court to hear evidence to the contrary. Considerations may include each spouse’s:

  • Contribution to the acquisition of the property
  • Economic circumstances at the time of the divorce action
  • Conduct with regard to the disposition or dissipation of the property during the marriage
  • Anticipated future earning capacity

Lee Groves & Zalas presents persuasive arguments in court to help ensure that you receive a fair and equitable share of the marital property.

Alimony

The legal term for alimony in Indiana is maintenance. The court may order alimony to be paid indefinitely if a spouse:

  • Cannot work due to mental or physical incapacity
  • Has insufficient property, including the allotment from the division of marital assets
  • Must forgo employment to care for a disabled child

Alimony is limited to three years if the reason for the order is based on the spouse’s:

  • Insufficient education
  • Reduced educational opportunities during and due to the marriage
  • Lesser earning capacity
  • Need for occupational training

Lee Groves & Zalas presents clear and compelling arguments to help achieve an alimony scenario that is acceptable to you.

Child custody

The court has broad discretion in the determination of child custody. The judge considers factors including, but not limited to:

  • The age and sex of the child
  • The wishes of both parents and the child
  • The child’s relationship with you, the other parent, siblings and others
  • The child’s adjustment to home, school and community

Lee Groves & Zalas provides the judge with specific information to clarify these highly subjective criteria and help get you the custody arrangement that is in your child’s best interests.

Child support

Indiana provides child support guidelines to determine the monthly payment that is usually paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. However, the amount may be contested in court. Lee Groves & Zalas shows the judge every relevant detail that may positively impact your child support position.

Get practical solutions to your divorce concerns

Lee Groves & Zalas gives you strong and satisfying representation in your divorce, from mediation to trial.