Chosen to 2020 Super Lawyers.

We are proud to be selected as 2020 Super Lawyers.

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. has exclusively represented family law clients throughout Indiana for more than 23 years.

Super Lawyers 2020

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.



What is a Certified Family Law Specialist?

You’re sitting in an office building, waiting to meet with an attorney about a family-law matter. While you wait, you notice various plaques and certificates on the walls. One catches your eye—Certified Family Law Specialist by the Family Law Certification Board.  What exactly is a Certified Family Law Specialist?


In Indiana, certification in family law is individual and voluntary. An attorney applying for certification must submit a detailed and comprehensive application that includes the following information:

  • Proof that the attorney has been practicing law for at least 5 years;
  • Proof that the attorney is of good character and reputation;
  • A full and complete legal work history;
  • A sufficient number of professional references who can attest to the attorney’s qualifications;
  • Substantial involvement (shown by meeting numerical quotas) in the field of family law, including practice in specific family-law areas; and
  • Sufficient continuing legal education in family law.

In addition to compiling the above information, the attorney must pass an examination prior to achieving certification. Certification in family law pertains to all aspects of family law, including divorce, taxation issues incident to family-law practice; contempt; enforcement proceedings; mediation and negotiation of family-law disputes; psychological and counseling aspects of family law; family law appellate practice; premarital agreements; non-marital domestic relationships; child custody; enforcement of child support; paternity; adoption; children in need of services (CHINS) cases; grandparents’ rights; and professional responsibility.

            A Certified Family Law Specialist is a consummate legal professional and a recognized expert in the field of family law.  Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.’s founding partners, Michael G. Ruppert and Paula J. Schaefer, are Certified Family Law Specialists and are available to speak to you about your family-law issue at any time. Call us at (317) 580-9295; your future is our concern.

Appeals: What, When, Where and Why

So you’ve been to trial. You’ve received an order from the trial judge directing you to do (or perhaps not do) something. In the family-law context, the trial judge may have decided issues relating to custody, relocation, parenting time, child support, or marital property—just to name a few. What if you’re not happy with the result? What happens next?


In most circumstances, you have the option to appeal. If you choose to appeal, you must do so within thirty days. Appeals are handled by the Indiana Court of Appeals, which is based in downtown Indianapolis at the Statehouse. The Court of Appeals is comprised of 15 judges and they work in panels of three at a time.

Appeals are much different from trial-court cases. When you ask the Court of Appeals to review what the trial court has done, you do so by submitting written arguments. These written arguments are called “briefs,” and they are filled with legal argument and relevant legal authority. Occasionally, the Court of Appeals will hold oral argument in appeals with unique, complicated, or interesting facts; however, typically the Court rules on a party’s appeal by issuing a written decision, called an “opinion,” within a few weeks to a few months. If an appellate party is not happy with the opinion issued by the Court of Appeals, they may consider a petition to transfer, which is a request that the Indiana Supreme Court consider the appeal. Unlike the Court of Appeals, which hears all appeals, the Supreme Court has the option to select what cases it will hear.

The rules that govern the appellate process are complex and can be tricky to navigate. If you are considering an appeal, you should consult an attorney with appellate experience. The attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer routinely handle appellate cases and are available to discuss this process with you at any time. Call us at (317) 580-9295; your future is our concern.

Visit these Informative Resources to learn more about Family Law & Divorce

Filing for divorce can be a stressful and emotional process, so it is important to have all of the support you need during this difficult time. Hiring an experienced law firm to guide you through the divorce process can help reduce stress and benefit the outcome of the divorce. In getting yourself prepared for the divorce process in Indiana here are a few resources:


Divorce Laws:

Indiana Family Laws:

IACP – International Academy of Collaborative Professionals:

Split Film:

You can find more resources within our website by clicking here.

Our law firm has over 100 years’ experience in divorce and other family law matters. This concentration enables our clients to move forward in their lives in an efficient and positive manner. Our goal is to help you face and overcome the adversities of your divorce while protecting your rights, your financial interests, your family, and your future. Call our law firm today at 317-580-9295 to schedule a consultation.

Job Well Done

Wendy Kaufman became an associate at Ruppert & Schaefer in June of 2015, helping our Family Law practice assist more people in matters such as divorce. Recently she received this at the end of a case:Capture 5We’re so glad to have Wendy on board!

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. | Experienced Child Custody Lawyers


At Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. we strive to achieve child custody solutions that are in the best interest of the child – and the parents. Whether you are seeking visitation rights per the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines or requesting full custody of your child/children, we’re here to help. Our initial goal is explore whether both parties can agree on visitation or parenting time terms. If that is not possible, there are other options available and your attorney can discuss those options with you.

Our law firm knows how important your children are to you. During or after a divorce there’s often conflict on who should and who shouldn’t have custody of the children. You need good representation to help you understand the laws and guide you through the custody process.

Our firm can assist you with both legal and physical custody issues.

Legal Custody – Will one parent or both parents make decisions for the children regarding education, religion and healthcare?

Physical Custody – Where will the children live? With one parent primarily or with both parents on a relatively equal basis? Or will it be something in between?

Our law firm is a strong advocate for your rights and your relationship with your children. We believe your child deserves an enriching relationship with you. Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. will work to ensure that your child custody rights are protected. For a consultation with Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., call 317.580.9295 or contact us online.