Fort Wayne Indiana Divorce Attorneys

Going through a divorce is an emotionally challenging experience. Hiring a family law attorney does not mean that you want to start or continue a conflict. It means that you are committed to working towards a peaceful resolution and to put the conflicts behind you. You and your family deserve a fresh start.

Questions regarding property division, child support and child custody bring about fear and anxiety. One of our goals is to reduce these negative emotions and help you look at your case calmly and objectively.

At Van Gilder & Trzynka, P.C., we understand that your goal is a fresh start in life. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to protect your legal needs through mediation and collaboration. If necessary, we have the trial experience to ensure that you have the best representation in court. Please contact us to schedule a meeting with one of our Fort Wayne divorce lawyers.

Elements to the Divorce Process

Regardless of where you are in the divorce process, there are several elements to consider:
  • Child custody: If you and your spouse are unable to agree upon a custody and visitation plan for your children, the court will base its decision on the Indiana law.
  • Child support: When determining child support, Indiana courts look at factors such as the parties income, number of children and parenting time arrangements.
  • Visitation: Indiana law is designed to afford the noncustodial parent a reasonable amount of visitation (parenting time).
  • Property division (division of assets): When a couple divorces in the state of Indiana, their property (assets and debts) is divided in a fair but not necessarily equal fashion.
  • Spousal Support: Spousal support may be awarded to either party, and is usually determined by considering factors such as the length of the marriage, the financial needs of the parties and each party’s respective income.

When you come into our office, you will sit down with an experienced attorney to discuss your situation. We encourage you to have your finances in order and to bring any other relevant documentation or paperwork to you to your initial meeting. This will help us to achieve our ultimate goal, which is to resolve your issues in a manner that is both time efficient and cost-effective.

Fort Wayne Indiana Child Custody / Modification Attorneys

When parents divorce, they often recognize their top priority is to protect the best interests of their child(ren). However, the potential for conflict is very high during and after a divorce, so disputes over child custody and visitation frequently arise.

At Van Gilder & Trzynka, P.C., we understand that you are going through an emotionally challenging time. Our experienced attorneys will do their best to make you comfortable with this difficult process from the moment you first call. We encourage you to contact us to set up an appointment.

Custody Decisions in Indiana

In order to determine the “best interests of the child,” Indiana Courts consider eight factors set forth in the Indiana Code when making a custody determination:
  • Age and sex of child/children;
  • Wishes of each parent;
  • Wishes of the child/children (after the child turns 14 years of age, the court will give more consideration to his or her wants and desires);
  • Relationship between child and parent/s, as well as any siblings or other person who has the ability to significantly affect the child;
  • Adjustment of the child to his or her home, school and community;
  • Mental and physical health of each party involved;
  • Evidence of domestic or family violence by either parent;
  • Evidence that the child is being or has been cared for by a de facto custodian.

Our custody attorneys have worked with all of the above issues and we understand how important your family is to you. To that end, we will put our negotiation skills to work in an effort to achieve a favorable solution for everyone involved.

Generally, it is in your best interest to resolve your case by mediation or informal negotiation efforts. If, however, that does not happen we have proven trial attorneys who will vigorously assert and defend your rights.

If you are facing a child custody or parenting time legal matter, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your situation. To meet one on one with one of our Fort Wayne child custody lawyers, please call 888-255-7910.

Fort Wayne Child Support Attorneys - Protecting the Rights of Your Child

At Van Gilder & Trzynka, P.C., we understand how important it is to have financial resources to adequately care for your child. We also recognize that this can be especially difficult during or following a divorce. As experienced child support attorneys, we will work on your behalf to ensure that your child's most basic needs are met, giving you the financial security you need to move forward in your new life.

Indiana Child Support Modification Lawyer

The state of Indiana defers to specific child support guidelines when calculating the amount of child support that will be awarded or owed. There are several factors that go into this calculation including:
  • Amount of parenting time between custodial and noncustodial parents
  • Income of both parties, including overtime pay and bonuses
  • Health insurance costs
  • Expected day care expenses
  • Extracurricular activities for children
We share your desire to develop an agreement that satisfies your goals, while completely supporting your child's best interests. Whether you're a custodial parent who feels as though the amount of support your child receives is too low, or a noncustodial parent who is finding it difficult to make the child support payments you are currently ordered to make, we will work to obtain resolutions.
Modifications of child support require court approval. You cannot change your agreement without informing the Court. Our attorneys always attempt to resolve this out of court which will save you money; however, court appearances are often necessary. When you come into our office to discuss your case, we encourage you to be prepared to compromise. Bring with you proof of income, tax returns, pay stubs, etc. This information will assist our Fort Wayne child support lawyers as they try to resolve your legal matter as efficiently and effectively as possible. Please call us at 888-255-7910. You may also contact us online.

Fort Wayne Child Visitation Lawyers

Helping You Understand Your Rights
If you are a parent, you know how important it is to forge and maintain meaningful relationships with your children. Unfortunately, if you are unable to spend meaningful time with them, those relationships suffer. This can be made more difficult if you do not have a good relationship with the child's other parent.

At Van Gilder & Trzynka, P.C., we understand your desire to secure an adequate amount of parenting and visitation time with your children. Our lawyers do more than represent your legal rights. We also advocate for the best interests of your children. For answers to your visitation questions, or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced family law attorneys, contact us to discuss your situation.

Indiana Visitation Modification Attorney

Courts determine visitation agreements by consulting the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. These guidelines can be modified, but a skilled, experienced attorney can advise you of consequences if you deviate from the Guidelines. Courts interpret visitation disputes based on the last Order on file, so be very careful about new "agreements" that you make with regarding visitation.

Custody and Visitation Modifications

Life is ever changing. A divorce decree that was based on past circumstances might not accurately reflect the circumstances you or your former partner is presently experiencing. If you are interested in finding out if your custody, support or visitation agreement can be modified, we can help. In addition to considering the best interests of the child, the courts look for substantial changes in circumstances that may have occurred for either party. This can include a job loss or transfer, an illness or injury, or a change in legal status. Sometimes, Court hearings or formal mediations are required to obtain the best results.

Let us help you work toward solutions that work for you. In all of our cases, we take a problem-solving approach that affords us the ability to examine a situation from every angle, giving you the comprehensive representation you need. To schedule an appointment with one of our Fort Wayne child visitation attorneys, please call us at 888-255-7910. You may also contact us online.

Family Law Resources

Parenting Time Guidelines

24 hour YWCA Woman's Shelter Crisis Line 1-800-441-4073

Department of Child Services 1-800-800-5556

Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) 421-5000

Sexual Assault Treatment Center 423-2222

Family Law Resources

Crisis Hotline 260/426-4561

Fort Wayne Police Dept. - Victim Assistance Program 260/427-1205

Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, Inc./Crisis Hotline 260/426-7273 or 260/665-6666

Child Support Obligation Worksheet

Parenting Time Credit Worksheet

Post-Secondary Education Worksheet

Guideline Schedules for Weekly Support Payments

Our clients find that their cases are often settled through mediation or collaboration strategies. Let us help you settle your uncontested or contested divorce issues outside of court. To learn more about how we can help or to schedule an appointment in our office, please call 888-255-7910. You may also contact us online.

Van Gilder & Trzynka, P.C., represents clients throughout Fort Wayne, Indiana, and in the cities of New Haven, Huntington, Bluffton, Auburn, Angola, Columbia City, Kendallville, Albion, Churubusco, Huntertown, Woodburn, Ossian, Butler and Ligonier, as well as individuals in the communities of Allen County, Whitley County, DeKalb County, Adams County, Wells County, Noble County, Huntington County, Steuben County and LaGrange County, Indiana.