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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Unmarried couple with 2 kids. House and vehicles only in my name. Can she take one vehicle and I'll pay for it?

If she takes one vehicle, does that subtract from child support or do I pay for it still plus all of the child support?

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jun 4, 2021

Unmarried couples who are trying to split property face different challenges than those going through a divorce. You should speak with an attorney who can look at your situation in more detail and lay out a path forward.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: I have a support order in Indiana but ex lives in new state of Georgia, how do I know which state she filed in?

I have a support order in place in Indiana, and up to date on support payments. The court also granted parenting time, but the judge said it may be difficult to enforce because the children live Georgia with their mother. Paternity affidavits were completed and signed by both myself and their... Read more »

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on May 6, 2021

If your support order is out of Indiana, then it likely contains the custody provisions as well. You can check with the court clerk to see if the case is still based in Indiana. You can bring an action in Indiana to enforce your parenting time. However, keep in mind that it may be difficult to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Can my x have his gf around my daugher

They will not tell me her name. And my x went against my wishes when I asked him to not have his gf around our toddler till I met her and was comfortable with it

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Feb 10, 2021

That will largely depend on the girlfriend's background, and also whether you have a formal custody order in place (and what it says). You should speak with a family law attorney to discuss your case in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Child support was never taken out of my pay. My ex will confirm it has been paid. How do I prove that to the court?

My children are now both over 19 years old. Per Indiana law they are emancipated from child support. It was never set up to take child support out of my paycheck / wages. However I made all payments and my ex-wife will confirm that I have. What document(s) do I need to provide for the court as... Read more »

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jan 27, 2021

How did you pay her? If you paid with anything other than cash (e.g. checks, money orders, electronic payments) then the best thing to do is simply produce that documentation (cleared checks, money order receipts, etc.). If you paid by cash, then any receipts you received from the mother will help.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Do I have to pay child support if child has been removed from the home by dcs for the reason the mom kicked them out?

Mother is having felony neglect charges

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jan 25, 2021

That depends. It is possible, but usually that decision will be made by the court that is handling the DCS case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: What Court Form do I use to petition Indiana court to terminate arrearages on two adult children if both parties agree?
Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jan 11, 2021

You should contact your local court clerk, they may have templates you can use. You should also consider consulting with a family law attorney, who can possibly help you draft the document you need.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Can I get back child support for the 16 months we were seperated before child support was court ordered?

My husband and I have been seperated since August 2018. I finally got child support ordered in Dec 2019. He did not help with the kids and has no contact with them. Can I get support for the 16 months prior to when we had our hearing in Dec 2019. Due to Covid our divorce hearing has been moved... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 5, 2021

The short answer is generally yes. But if you have an attorney you should be consulting directly with him.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it possible to end *back* child support payments if both parties agree?

I was married in Indiana in 1993, had a child in 1994, and divorced in 1996. My ex wife had sole custody until he turned 19. There was no child support order in place (that I know of) for this whole time, but once she became disabled and was forced to stay for quite some time in a nursing facility,... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Dec 17, 2020

It is possible for the party receiving support payments to waive child support arrears. However, if the state provided cash benefits to the mother at any point during the child’s minority a waiver of child support by the mother will only be granted up to the amount owed less what the state is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Can a judge ask for a step parents income in child support modification?

My husband filed modif. Of child support due to work loss and disability. The hearing was today where his ex wife's attorney wanted to know my income and how many hours I work a week. The judge made my husband answer. I feel violated as it's my personal right to my own information and i... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Dec 11, 2020

Generally the answer is “it depends”. The judge can allow the question, but he or she should not make a finding or ruling on your ability to pay child support that includes consideration of a step parents income. There are caveats to that. For example, if the income is derived from your work... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Indiana on
Q: Should I hire a lawyer for my divorce?
Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Dec 9, 2020

Always a difficult question because it does involve a financial commitment and often times emotions get in the way of rational decisions when it comes to separating a household.

If the divorce is amicable (rarely), there are no disareements about assets and debts (and your financial...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: What should I do if the other party isn’t paying child support that is ordered? She is almost $900 behind.

Will she lose her license? She is refusing me to talk to my children when she has them.

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Dec 8, 2020

You can bring an action for contempt in the court that has jurisdiction of the case. The court will hold a hearing, at which point you would present your evidence, and ask the judge to hold the mother in contempt and force her to pay the money owed. I would recommend that you speak with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Q: I live in GA. I have a court ordered child support payments from the State of IN for arrearage.

There is a Statute of Limitations of 10 years after the child turns 19...she turned 19 in 2007....GA has been enforcing the support order even after the statute of limitations has run out. What do I do? Am I still required to pay? If not, can I recoup what I paid after the statute of limitations... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Dec 4, 2020

If the order was from Indiana, that state’s law controls. If the case originated under Title IV-D (Social Security statute), which it sounds like it might, there is no statute of limitations if what you owe are arrears for non-payment while the child was a minor. Yes, you are required to pay... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Can a divorce decree be altered years later when still dealing with minor children?
Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Nov 23, 2020

Yes. While matters of property division generally cannot be altered once a divorce is finalized, issues of custody, parenting time and support may be modified while the children are still minors. In order to get a modification, you would need to petition the court, explain the circumstances, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Father was ordered to pay child support in 2016 and has never paid anything. Why isn’t the state keeping track of this?
Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Oct 29, 2020

They may be. If there was a court order in place, and child support was properly set up, then the state should be keeping track. However, you may need to contact them or initiate a court filing in order to hold the father responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Hi I have an initial hearing scheduled for this wed 10/21 and have no representation for the hearing.

This is to set initial custody child support etc.

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Oct 20, 2020

You should consider contacting one of the lawyers on Justia to see if you can set up a brief consultation to review your matter. Having representation for a case like this can be very helpful. If you cannot find an attorney by the time of tomorrow's hearing, you can ask the court for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Petition to establish custody and parenting time as to minor child born out of wedlock

Father of minor child has filed with the court a petition to establish custody and parenting time as to minor child born out of wedlock. DNA has been confirmed that he is not the biological father. Minor child is 19 months old. Petitioner has established paternity, minor childs biological father... Read more »

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jul 14, 2020

It is not clear from your information what question you are asking. Once a petition has been filed, the court will hold a hearing to make determinations on paternity, custody, and support. You will have a right to appear and present evidence and testimony regarding the issues that you discussed.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Does requirement to pay child support automatically end at age 19 (Indiana) or does a court motion have to be filed?

Does non-custodial parent have to file some kind of motion with a court (Indiana) to make sure that they no longer have to make CS payments? Child finished secondary school, is not going to college and is not handicapped.

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Jul 13, 2020

Motion has to be filed requesting it.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: How do you present text message evidence so it's admissible in court?

Myex filed a protection order as part of divorce dissolution. 14 pictures of sunburn entered as evidence. Have the texts stating I put sunscreen on the kids several times. Just want to show that to the judge. Also is sunburn really enough to keep an active father from his children for almost a... Read more »

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jun 29, 2020

If the text messages are communications between the parties to the case, you should be able to admit them with little trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Where could I find a child support order / modification? Would it be public knowledge if modification in Indiana mycase?

Mother and father never married, ex-girlfriend taking father back to court for more money because she wants to go back to school, but want babY daddy to pay more money. Father has four children, total. The newest being born 4/29/2020

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Jun 25, 2020

Based on the information provided in your question if the child support was ordered in a divorce proceeding it may be public, if the order was in a paternity matter then it would not be public, but the person paying the support can go to the local county clerk's office or child support clerk... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: My (current) husband and I are in the process of building a house, the mortgage loan is in his name...

However, the property is in both of our names. Infidelity on his part has caused me to research my potential options going forward and I would like to discuss my legal options. We have two innocent children involved in this mess as well. We live with his parents in one county (the same one we were... Read more »

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jun 19, 2020

The issues you raise are complex ones, and detailed answers would require a more in-depth review of your situation. It is possible, once a divorce is filed, to get through the process amicably and with little effect on the children. However, that largely depends on the respective postures of you... Read more »

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