Introducing Paralegal Shannon Kenney

Shannon Paralegal

  1.  How long have you been with the practice?  4 1/2 years.
  2.  What do you do when you are not working?  I have a second job at The Disney  Store, I volunteer as a GAL for Hamilton County, and I spend time with family and  friends.
  3.  Where is your favorite place to vacation? Florida!
  4.  Do you have any pets? Two dogs and one cat.
  5.  What’s your favorite sport to watch?  Baseball in the summer, football in the  winter.
  6.  What’s the best book (or movie/TV show) you’ve read (watched) lately? The Handmaid’s Tale.
  7.  What’s your favorite local eatery?  Bru Burger.
  8.  Who would you play in a movie?  According to a client: “I am thinking Shannon should be played by Debra Winger for sure.  She always plays those strong roles where she stands her ground and never takes no for an answer.”
  9.  What do you like most about being a lawyer/paralegal/working in a law firm?  No two days are alike:  I’m never bored!  Every case and every client is different.  Helping clients:  being a paralegal gives me the opportunity to help others, many of them when they are suffering through one of the most difficult experiences of their lives.  It’s very rewarding to help someone through a difficult process and see that I truly made a difference.

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

Legal Separation vs. Divorce: Which option is right for you?

Clients contemplating divorce often have questions about legal separation.  Typically, they want to know how legal separation differs from divorce, and which option is best for them.  What should you know about the two?

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Legal separation is, like a divorce proceeding, a legal proceeding that formally separates you from your spouse. To grant a legal separation, an Indiana Court must find that conditions in the marriage are currently so intolerable that the couple cannot live together, but the marriage itself should nevertheless be maintained. A legal separation is not required before filing for divorce in Indiana.

During a legal separation, you may reach an agreement or obtain court orders that set forth what both spouses will do during the period of legal separation, addressing matters such as custody, parenting time, child support, and financial issues related to the marriage.  Any orders or agreements entered during a legal separation end when the legal separation ends.  A legal separation can last up to one year.  After one year, you will need to decide if you want to get a divorce or reconcile with your spouse.  If you choose to proceed with divorce proceedings, your legal-separation case can be converted to a divorce proceeding.

By contrast, divorce proceedings, once complete, permanently terminate your marriage, and permanently divide your marital property.  During a divorce, you may also reach an agreement or obtain court orders regarding child-related issues, although those may be modified in the future. Divorce proceedings may, and often do, last more than one year.  If one spouse initiates divorce proceedings, the other spouse may not then petition the Court for legal separation.

Legal separation may be right for couples who are not certain they want to end the marriage, but nonetheless desire a trial separation.  The attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., are available to speak to you about which option is right for you. Call us at (317) 580-9295; your future is our concern.