Legal Separation

Lake County Legal Separation Attorney

Lake County and Porter County, Indiana Family Lawyer

Many people go into a divorce wanting to make their spouse pay for the hurt that he or she has caused. But a contested divorce can leave both parties emotionally hurt and financially drained. As a family law and divorce attorney in Lake County, my goal is to offer legal advice and representation to clients as they go through the divorce process and work toward a favorable result in a cost-effective manner.  Sometimes, a negotiated settlement may offer a less expensive option to resolve your case, often providing you with more control over the outcome of your divorce.

How Can A Legal Separation Attorney Help Me?

I’m Julie R. Glade, a Lake County lawful disunion attorney with 15 years of experience. My experience as a licensed attorney, a registered family law mediator and a mental health nurse allows me to empathize with my clients. In addition to my understanding of the legal processes surrounding a divorce dissolution, I have a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects of divorce. I take a strategic approach, working toward an amicable settlement of such issues as:

  • Child custody, child support and visitation – In Lake and Porter counties in Indiana, courts favor a cooperative family law approach that is child focused and that minimizes the negative impacts of legal disputes on the children.
  • Property division and spousal maintenance – In Indiana, courts endeavor to divide marital property equitably, and start with a presumption that the parties divide their marital estate equally. This presumption can be challenged in certain circumstances. Spousal maintenance may be awarded under very specific circumstances.
  • High net worth divorce – I am able to handle complex divorce cases in which high net worth assets may be at stake. This can include real estate, vacation homes, retirement benefits, stock options and closely held businesses.

Sometimes an amicable settlement is not possible because of the nature of the dispute. To the extent the parties cannot agree on a resolution, the court must ultimately make the final determination of the parties’ case. I am committed to standing up for my clients’ rights and pursuits, whether in a settlement conference or in a court of law.

How Is Legal Separation Handled In Indiana?

Legal separation may be a better choice for you if you want to limit joint liabilities with a spouse, need the benefit of an employer’s health insurance coverage, or want to consider reconciliation. If you want to live separately from your spouse but are not ready to file for divorce, I can help you pursue a petition for lawful disunion. In Indiana, legal separation does not end a marriage, but allows the court to issue orders for child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, protection from the other parties’ debts, and division of property. Legal separation only lasts for one year, but can give you time to explore your options for the future.

As a family law attorney, I am also well-equipped to assist with matters such as custody, visitation, division of assets and beyond. I can also provide assistance for seeking a protection order in cases involving domestic violence.

Hire an Experienced Lake County Legal Separation Attorney

I would be happy to evaluate your case in a confidential consultation session.  Simply schedule an appointment with my law firm by calling (219) 736-0456 or by filling out the contact form on this website. From my law office in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.