Family Law Practice Areas

Divorce & Family Law Attorney Serving Indianapolis, IN.

PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Divorce & Dissolution of Marriage

I understand that divorce can cause permanent changes in one’s life, and I am dedicated to helping my clients through the challenges of divorce with compassion.

Child Related Issues

While my primary practice is handling divorces, I also provide services in custody, paternity and guardianships cases.

Relocation

Whether you are a relocating individual, or you are a non-relocating individual contesting relocation by another parent, I can help you to articulate your case to the court.

No Court Resolution

My training in collaborative law takes the adversarial nature out of the family law case and provides a more holistic approach to reaching a resolution.

Contemporary Family Law

In our modern society, many partners prefer to use non-traditional legal avenues to form a cohesive family unit. I am well versed on all methods to achieve your goals and ready to discuss your options at any time.

Grandparent Visitation

In today’s society, where extended family, particularly grandparents, play a big part in a child's life. We can help ensure that relationship is protected.

Guardianships

I understand the well-being of a child is of utmost importance. The guardianship process is helpful to establish custody and provide medical, school and related authorities to the acting parent in a legally defined manner.

Protective Order

We understand that issues relating to protective orders can be a stressful and emotional time in one’s life, and our staff is equipped to provide the compassion and prompt attention needed to alleviate further conflict.

Gloria K. Mitchell

Attorney at Law

When it comes to helping you through your legal issues, my years of experience as a dedicated family law attorney is my strength that will be put to work for you. You deserve a seasoned advocate in your corner who knows and will fight for your rights and your interests. I can simplify the complexity of any situation and I will take time to know you and your case and guide you along the best path as you move forward. I am solution-focused and approach each case with a plan, co-developed with you, designed to meet your unique goals, and always directed towards reaching the best results possible for your individual case.

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I am dedicated to helping you through your family law and litigation challenges with compassion and care.
Indiana is a no-fault state. This means the actual reasons for the breakdown of the marriage are not at issue with the Court, although they are relevant to understanding the dynamics of your situation as we move ahead. Once a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage has been filed, there is a sixty (60) day “cooling off period” before your divorce can be finalized. Most counties now require the parties attend a parenting class if there are younger children of the marriage, and, alternate dispute resolution methods, such as mediations, are often required prior to proceeding to a final contested trial.
I frequently assist clients with handling sizable assets including businesses, real estate, and personal property. I work with leading business valuators, financial and tax experts, and appraisers to accurately determine the value of the assets available to you within your marital estate. I also frequently assist clients with protecting sizable personal and business assets within the divorce process. Working with a team approach, I can often identify assets of which one or both of the parties may not be fully aware, to your financial benefit. While most financial disputes are resolved outside the courtroom, I am very accustomed to dealing with adverse parties and adverse expert opinions in the courtroom to reach your goals.
Indiana follows the “one-pot theory.” Any assets and debts brought into the marriage, or acquired during the marriage, regardless of title, are all included in the marital estate. In Indiana, the presumption is that the marital estate is divided 50/50; however, if one party does not believe this a just and reasonable division of the marital estate, then there are several factors that can cause a deviation from this presumption. I will go over all the possible scenarios with you to achieve the best result for your case.
At the conclusion of a divorce proceeding, often a retirement account needs to be divided to achieve an equitable distribution. Depending on the type of account, these accounts may be divided by a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. This is a document, drafted by one, or both, of the parties’ attorneys is recognized by the IRS as a method of allowing a penalty-free transfer of retirement funds between spouses’ incident to a divorce.

Collaborative law provides a holistic approach to reaching a resolution by incorporating other family professionals that all work together to help resolve your issue out of court.  This is also known as a “no court” divorce and involves a series of individual and group meetings designed to meet your goals and reach a positive conclusion to your situation. I am trained to provide this service and I would be happy to provide additional information and discuss this method of resolution with you at any time.

 

Mediation is a process that can allow people to utilize a neutral third party to resolve disputes outside the courtroom. It is often required by the Court and is favored as a method to resolve family disputes with as little disruption to their lives and in avoidance of expensive and often painful courtroom litigation.

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Over 30 years of legal knowledge and experience

With over three decades of experience, I have helped many clients through complicated family situations. I have also helped clients navigate less complex situations to reach a financially beneficial result while controlling costs. No matter what family law issue you may be facing, I will apply cost-effective and client-driven strategies for your unique individual case needs.

Compassionate and reliable service you can count on.

Dealing with family law-related issues is not only emotionally overwhelming, but it can potentially have a long-term impact on the life of you and your children. Whether you are going through a legal separation or divorce, or if you are seeking help establishing paternity or visitation rights, I have the skillset you need to fight for the best possible outcome for your case while offering you the necessary support during this difficult time.

 

As an experienced family law attorney, I am committed to providing you and your family with the compassionate counsel you need to trust that I have what it takes to help you get through tough times. I strive to help you resolve your case out of court, through alternative dispute resolution methods, but if they are not available or in your interests for any reason, then I am always dedicated to fighting for your rights in court.  Reach out today to put my experience on your side.

 

**As with all other information contained on this website, this information should not be considered legal advice and you should seek advice from an attorney.

Gloria K. Mitchell

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