Our Law Firm is Celebrating 25 Years!

This year, Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. celebrates a milestone.

Our experience makes us one of the top family law firms.

Our dedicated lawyers can help you overcome the adversities of your divorce while protecting your rights, your financial interests, your family, and your future. We look forward to serving clients in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas for many more years.

We want to thank our clients, family, friends and colleagues for their support over the years!

For a consultation with a lawyer at our firm call (317) 580-9295 or contact us online. We are here to help.

Divorce Filings Peak In March And August

According to experts and a University of Washington study, divorce filings peaked consistently in March and August over a 14-year period.

The study, conducted by University of Washington associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini, examined divorce rates in Washington over a 14-year period between the years of 2001 and 2015.

The study showed a rapid decline in divorce rates after the month of August, gradually decreasing until December before climbing up again in January and reaching a peak in March, where once more divorce rates dropped (past research suggests that January through March are months which have the highest incidences of divorce). The results of the study make it clear that holiday divorces are much more common than we may have thought, and that August divorce season can have a profound effect on unhappy couples with children.

This study was for the state of Washington but is consistent with divorce filing increases across the country during the end of Summer months. Many couples see August as a good time to separate or divorce. The Summer is ending with family vacations and couples often try to postpone their divorce until the family vacation is over.

Some couples look at a vacation as a time to try and reconcile their marriage. They feel that a vacation might give each other one last chance to see if they can make their marriage work. It seems that in most situations they are well past the point of making the marriage work and the vacation is their breaking point.

If you are considering divorce we are here to help you through this difficult process. Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. has exclusively represented family law clients throughout Indiana for more than 24 years.

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. represents clients in the Indianapolis and Central Indiana area. Give our experienced law firm a call at (317) 580-9295 with any family law questions. Your future is our concern.

AFCC National Scholarships

Congratulations to Lainie Hurwitz for receiving 1 out of the 10 AFCC National Scholarships offered for the 58th Annual National Conference. The AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) focuses on improving the lives of children and families through resolution of family conflict. 

Lainie A. Hurwitz

As President-Elect for 2022 of the Indiana AFCC Chapter,  Lainie looks forward to attending this year’s conference, which focuses on the challenging dynamics of a child rejecting a parent and how to be part of the solution, not the problem, so that she can continue to improve her family law practice.

Grandparents Visitation Rights and Third Party Custody

If you are seeking answers regarding grandparents visitation rights or your rights as a third party, our attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., can help. We stay up to date on the latest changes in Indiana family laws and will be able to guide you through any issues you are having.

Attorneys

As experienced family law attorneys, we have helped numerous grandparents achieve their visitation goals. There are several occasions that arise, which allow grandparents to seek visitation rights, including:

  • A child’s parent is deceased
  • The marriage of the child’s parents has been dissolved
  • The child is born out of wedlock and the child’s father has established paternity
  • Visitation is in the best interests of the child according to the court

Grandparents may not petition for visitation rights when the marriage of the parents is still intact. Our family law attorneys will explain all of your options to you and guide you
down the right path. Simply because you do not qualify for visitation rights does not mean that you do not qualify for third
party custody rights.

Call us at 317.580.9295 or contact our law firm online to arrange for a consultation.