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We serve businesses and individuals in Indiana and Michigan in the areas of Litigation, Estate Planning, Business Law, Bankruptcy, Family Law and Real Estate.

Family Law

Divorce

It’s hard to imagine anything having a more profound impact on your family life, financial life, and personal life than a divorce. It’s not easy. And it requires you to juggle interpersonal dynamics as well as advocate for yourself. But you don’t have to go it alone.

When navigating such tricky situations, you need a trusted divorce lawyer. We’ll get you through your divorce, no matter the situation. If you have a prenuptial agreement, the divorce proceedings will likely be more straightforward, but we’ll be here to help you through regardless.

We know how emotionally taxing divorce proceedings can be, but you can count on the divorce lawyers at Jones Obenchain to make it all a little easier. We have decades of experience on all sides of the issue, meaning that you get strong counsel and great representation all the time. So rest easy, and contact us to find out how we can help you.

Guardianship

Guardians have the legal authority—and obligation—to care for and protect another’s personal interests, property interests, or both. A guardian acts on behalf of a ward. The ward could be anyone from an incapacitated senior to a developmentally disabled adult to a minor.

Since guardians are fiduciaries—a person who holds a legal and ethical relationship of trust with another party—they are held to a very high standard of care in exercising their powers. This responsibility should not be taken lightly. And whether establishing a guardianship is proactive or reactive, counsel from an experienced guardianship lawyer is essential.

We’ve helped many clients just like you either establish a guardianship or leave instructions for your own guardian should you become incapacitated. To protect both the ward and the guardian, this process must be done correctly. We’re here to assist you with your guardianship needs to make sure it gets done the right way. Contact us to find out how you can put our knowledge to work for you.

Legal Separation

It’s important to know that separation and legal separation are two very different things. And if you’re considering a separation, you’ve likely got questions. Need some breathing room to decide your future and work through your marital issues? Maybe an informal separation is the right move. Or perhaps you’re unwilling to sever the marriage bond for personal, religious, or financial reasons? Then a legal separation might be best. Either way, our family-law attorneys can help you consider your options.

In a legal separation, the court will decide how to divide your marital assets and deal with child custody, child support, and alimony issues. Then the court will issue an order granting the separation while the marriage remains intact. Whether an informal or legal separation is best for you, our family-law lawyers can help.

This can be a complicated, stressful, and emotionally taxing process. We get it, and we’re here to help. Our extensive experience in all facets of family law, not just legal separations, means that you benefit from a well-rounded approach that considers every issue—and makes your life a little bit easier. Give us a call to discover how our robust experience can help you.

Mediation

Divorce mediation is a bit different from mediation in your standard lawsuit: the process is the same, but the issues are different and more interpersonally complex. Divorce mediation is about you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse deciding what is best for you and, most importantly, your children.

As in a traditional mediation, you and your spouse will meet with the mediator, and with their help, work through the issues you need to resolve so the two of you can end your marriage as amicably and cost-effectively as possible. Such matters might cover property distribution, child custody, parenting time, child support, retirement, and taxes.

And unlike divorce trials—which are open to the public and expose your dirty laundry for all to see—mediation is confidential. It gives you and your spouse a way to settle the conflict between you in a way that helps you to work together as parents without fear that your issues will make the front page.

Sometimes agreements come easy, and sometimes they take time and effort. No matter your situation, whether it’s an easy agreement or more like rowing upstream without a paddle, our experienced family-law lawyers are here for you. We’ll help keep the lines of communication open, brainstorm ideas, reality test the parents, model empathy, and help you make the tough decisions. Contact us today to discover how our decades of experience can help you effectively navigate your divorce.

Paternity

A child’s paternity has many important considerations. Paternity law deals with the legal relationship between a father and a child, including the rights and obligations of both the man and the child to each other and others. Paternity may be relevant to issues of legitimacy, inheritance, rights to an assumed father’s title or surname, and the biological father’s rights to custody and obligations for child support.

If a child’s paternity is disputed, a court may determine paternity between one or more possible fathers (called putative fathers), typically based initially upon sworn statements and then upon testimony or other evidence. These situations are emotionally and relationally taxing for everyone involved. That’s why you need a trusted family-law lawyer on your side.

At Jones Obenchain, we’ve been handling such family-law matters for over a century. That depth of experience means that we have the know-how to get you through this challenging process. We’ll walk with you through every step to ensure the best outcome for you and, most importantly, your child. Give us a call to find out how we can help you navigate this tricky situation.

Pre Nuptial Agreements

Are you getting married? Congratulations! We wish you and your future spouse the happily-ever-after you’ve always hoped for. But even though you’re planning a wedding, you might have some concerns. Perhaps you’ve experienced the stress and uncertainty of a previous divorce or witnessed a loved one go through a tough break-up. If so, you might be wondering about a prenuptial agreement.

Sometimes called antenuptial agreements, these are contracts couples sign before they wed. The contracts typically list all the property each person owns, their debts, and they specify what each person’s property rights will be after they tie the knot. Or have to untie it.

But how do you know if this is right for you? There are several considerations. Do either of you have children from a previous marriage? Does one of them have special needs? Are one or both partners bringing significant wealth—like a family business or a house—into the union? What about substantial assets you want to protect from your spouse’s creditors? Or what if you want to avoid lengthy delays and hefty legal bills if the marriage fails?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, a prenuptial agreement may be a good idea. It can be an uncomfortable subject, but it’s even more so if you wait until the last minute. Our family-law attorneys can help mitigate the potential relational discomfort with professional and straightforward legal advice. Plus, our decades of experience writing prenuptial contracts means that we’ll make sure every base is covered so that if that unfortunate situation does occur, you’re protected. Contact us to put our experienced family-law lawyers to work for you.

Child Custody

Few things in life are both as challenging and rewarding as raising children. And few areas of the law are as delicate—and emotionally charged—as child-custody disputes. Questions about child custody and everything that entails (like parenting-time rights, child support, grandparent visitation, tax consequences, etc.) arise in a variety of contexts including divorce, paternity, guardianship, and even estate planning.

While courts consider a variety of factors when deciding custody issues, ultimately the court’s focus is on the child’s best interests. And that’s our focus, too. We’ve helped clients navigate child-custody concerns in all arenas, always keeping in mind that children need and deserve as much protection as the legal system can offer.

Our experience helping families like yours means that we’ll provide the best advice for you, and most importantly for your children. We’ll be there if the dispute heats up, but ultimately, our goal is to help parents peacefully handle this transition. We know that each family’s situation is different, so give us a call to share your particular child-custody concerns so we can help you address your children’s unique needs.