Knox Child Custody Lawyers
Located in Knox, Nichols & Wallsmith has been helping generations of clients throughout Northwest Indiana and Michiana* get the child custody, visitation and support orders they need to protect their parental rights.
Nichols & Wallsmith: a fixture in the local community for 120 years.
Maintain And Nurture Your Parent-Child Relationship
There are many ways to be involved in your child’s life. Custody can be split equally, or one parent can take on the majority of parenting responsibilities with visitation from the other. At Nichols & Wallsmith, we help clients get the custody and visitation orders that are best for them and their children.
Indiana has issued parenting guidelines regarding how custody and visitation are to be split between parents. However, judges still have lots of leeway when issuing custody orders.
As a parent, you know what is best for your child. If you and your child’s other parent cannot agree on custody and visitation, your case will go to court. Once in court, a judge — who has little knowledge of you or your children — will decide where your children live and how often you see them.
At Nichols & Wallsmith, we keep our clients out of court so they can stay in control. We encourage our clients to use alternative forms of dispute resolution — such as negotiation and mediation — to reach mutually agreeable custody and visitation plans that ensure their children’s specific needs are met.
Bitter custody battles aren’t good for anyone, especially minor children. At Nichols & Wallsmith, our lawyers use every legal tool available to resolve child custody and support disputes out of court. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your parental rights, our attorneys will be the aggressive legal advocates you need to preserve your parent-child bonds in court.
Starke County Child Support Attorneys
In Indiana, both parents have a legal duty to financially support their minor children. Courts use a formula to set child support obligations. The amount you pay or receive will be based off numerous factors, including each parent’s income, child custody and visitation schedules and the number of children each parent is supporting.
If your child was born outside of marriage, additional steps must be taken before custody, visitation and support orders can be made. At Nichols & Wallsmith, we help clients establish paternity and enforce their parenting rights.
*The attorneys at Nichols & Wallsmith are only licensed in Indiana.