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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: Impotency; insanity;conviction of crime.

Residency: One party at filing mustbe resident for 6 months.

Waiting Period: Hearing no soonerthan 60 days after filing; continue matter for 45 days ifpossibility for reconciliation; after 45, judge may enter decreeupon request; if no request after 90 days, matter is dismissed.

No Fault: Irretrievable breakdown.

Defenses: None listed.

Code Section: 31-1-11.5-1 to31-1-11.5-28

Uniform Child Custody Act:1977
Joint Custody:Yes, 31-1-11.5-21
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, 31-1-11.7, et seq.
Child's Wishes Considered:Yes
Code Section: 31-1-11.5-21

Community Property: No


Grounds: Underage or mentallyincompetent to consent; obtained by fraud.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: Children ofincestuous marriage are legitimate; child conceived beforemarriage is annulled is legitimate.

Prohibited Marriages: More closelyrelated than second cousin unless first cousins married afterSeptember 1, 1977, and both 65 at marriage.

Code Section: 31-7-7, eq seq.


Indiana Child Support EnforcementDivision
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W360
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317)232-4894
Fax: (317)233-4925

Indiana Department of FinancialInstitutions
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W066
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2759
Phone: (317)232-3955
Free: 800-382-4880
Charles W. Phillips, Dir.

Indiana Insurance Department
311 W. Washington St., Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2787
Phone: (317)232-2385
Free: 800-622-4461
John F. Mortal, Commnr.

Indiana State Bar Association
230 E. Ohio St., 4th Fl.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317)639-5465
Fax: (317)266-2588

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
PO Box 1964
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Phone: (317)633-0274
Responds to public inquiries for birth records dating fromOctober, 1907, and death records dating from 1900. Charges $6 forbirth record and $4 for death record. Fee includes one certifiedcopy if record is found. Additional copies $1; $4 for amendment.(Earlier birth and death records filed with local healthofficers). Marriage and divorce records are filed with countyclerks. State Board of Health prepares annual index of marriagesbeginning with 1958. For all inquiries, enclose a stamped,self-addressed envelope.

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Indiana)
105 W. Adams St., 20th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312)353-5926

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