Indiana’s Home Improvement Contract Act

At Slotegraaf Niehoff, P.C., we have represented home improvement contractors as well as home improvement customers in litigation. Though complaints about the quality of the contractor’s services may be the source of the initial dispute, questions about the contractor’s compliance with Indiana’s Home Improvement Contract Act (“HICA”) often arise. HICA requires that certain information be Read more…

Collaborative Divorce

Divorce is a stressful time.  In addition to the emotions involved, parties must deal with the often mysterious legal process as well.  Collaborative Law offers divorcing couples another way. A Collaborative Divorce starts by retaining an attorney who is trained in Collaborative law. Both parties must be in agreement with the Collaborative process, and each Read more…

Family Law and Post-Secondary Educational Expenses

In 2012, Indiana lowered the age of emancipation for child support purposes from age twenty-one to age nineteen. As such, a child support obligation for a minor child terminates on his or her nineteenth birthday. Since a child normally graduates high school, moves out, and/or attends college between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, child Read more…

Using a Life Estate in Estate Planning

Estate planning provides many diverse options to individuals. One such option is the use of a life estate. A life estate creates the right for an individual to occupy and use property during their lifetime, or the lifetime of another (known as a life estate autrie vie), while being owned by a different individual. The Read more…

Relocating with Children

You and your spouse have divorced. You spent hours reaching a settlement agreement in mediation, and while the process was hard, you feel the final settlement was fair. You have settled into parenting post-divorce and are enjoying your new relationship with your children when you get the call that your ex-spouse intends to relocate with Read more…

Obtaining and Enforcing Child Support Orders

    Indiana provides a systematic calculation for payment of child support by one parent to the other, based on the parents’ income, amount paid for health insurance premiums for the children, child care costs, the amount of overnight parenting time with each parent, and payments made for prior born or subsequent children. Indiana also Read more…

ABLE Act

Indiana’s legislature is currently considering how it will implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2013, more commonly known as the ABLE Act. Families of those with developmental disabilities are familiar with the conundrum of contributing to a loved one’s financial security without disqualifying that person from Medicaid and/or SSI by exceeding resource Read more…

Parol Evidence

At Slotegraaf Niehoff, P.C., we always advise our small business owners to closely review contracts and be very careful with respect to formalities before executing in order to avoid personal liability. A recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision helps underscore why these formalities can be so important. In Yellow Book Sales and Distribution Co., Inc. Read more…

Legal Separation

Have you and your spouse separated but aren’t ready for divorce? Has your spouse moved out and is no longer providing for your children but you hope to reconcile? Indiana allows for married couples to file for a legal separation, instead of a dissolution, if the couple wants to remain married while living separately. A Read more…

Social Media and Litigation

Attorneys frequently remind their clients that statements made on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are frequent sources of evidence in legal disputes. Social media posts are constantly being cited in dissolution of marriage, child support enforcement, criminal, protective order, personal injury, guardianship disputes and other contested matters.  More than 50 appellate opinions, included Read more…