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Often, when someone is seeking a family law attorney, they’re facing an uncertain future.

Whether you’re seeking a divorce, more time with your kids through a parenting time modification, or need representation for a mediation, life can feel uncertain and scary.

At The Law Offices of Gabriel Berry, we guide you through the uncertainty of family law matters.

to help you find the resolution and peace of mind you deserve.

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We believe you matter. So, we take the time to truly listen to your questions and needs.
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We work to understand every aspect of your situation. Not just as it relates to the law, but to your life as well.
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Because we listen and understand, we’re best positioned to help you achieve the outcome you deserve.

A few words from our clients

I hired Mr. Berry and from the beginning, he was quick to respond and attentive to the details of my case. He is very knowledgeable and professional, yet personable, so I knew I was in good hands and was being represented well. He helped me get the results I wanted from my case, so I am VERY happy after hiring him!

Sara – Client

I could not have asked for a better lawyer to have handled my family law case. Mr. Berry and his paralegal are 100% dependable and will fight hard for you! They were very attentive, resourceful and their communication was fantastic! I thank you guys so much for everything you’ve done for me!

DeAngelo – Client

Mr. Berry and his paralegal were very courteous, attentive, and forthcoming. They made me at ease with my whole legal process and got the results that I needed. My hats off to them for their professionalism.

Dustin – Client

We are thankful for the kind words of clients we have worked hard to serve, however, past results do not guarantee future results. We will work hard to achieve the best outcome possible in your case.

Whatever you are going through, we’re here for you.

These are some areas of family law we practice in Indiana. If you don’t see what you’re looking for please give us a call.

Contested Divorce

While many divorces might be handled utilizing out-of-court agreements, a contested divorce becomes necessary when the parties’ relationship has deteriorated to the point where you cannot work together. 

A contested divorce will often include mediation by an independent third party and even motions for discovery to compel the other party to disclose personal assets.

Amicable Couples Agreements

This can be a way of avoiding extensive court hearings, and large personal expenses. A dissolution agreement is a document that contains all of the issues that a couple in the process of getting a divorce has agreed to. After being approved by the court the agreement becomes enforceable, and either of the parties can be held in contempt for not following the terms of the agreement.

Modifications

Situations change, and modification is a way to update your current child support or parenting time schedule based on who you are now.

Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney are legal documents that give someone other than yourself that you trust the ability to make healthcare, legal, and financial decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make those decisions on your own.

Mediation Representation

Mediation is a way to both help alleviate the court’s calendar, and give two parties the opportunity to try to come to an agreement regarding the issues they have.

Estate Planning

Estate planning includes a group of legal tools to help protect your assets and designate their allocation to loved ones in the event you are incapacitated or deceased. Those tools often include wills, trusts, living wills or advanced directives, powers of attorney, and more.

Wills

A will, or Last Will and Testament, is a document we help you prepare that will designate how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your passing. Wills can be simple or complex depending on the size of your estate and how you wish to allocate your assets. Either way, we are here to help you create a will that works for you and your loved ones.

Living Wills / Advance Directives

Living Wills, or advanced directives, allow you to make decisions now about how you wish to be treated medically in the event you are incapacitated.

Find peace of mind knowing you’re in the hands of a family law lawyer who cares.

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1. Free Consultation

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2. Prepare and Negotiate

Our family law team will prepare your matter and negotiate the outcomes you deserve.

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3. See Results

Get the best resolution possible for your family law issue and a clear understanding of how to move forward.

An Indianapolis family law attorney who puts you first and stays by your side.

A family law issue can be extremely personal and sensitive. They involve your marriage, family, and your estate. When any of those things are put in question, the stress and uncertainty in your life increase rapidly. You need an Indianapolis family law lawyer who understands what you’re going through and knows how to help

At The Law Offices of Gabriel Berry, we believe you matter. Your family members matter. That is why we take the time to truly listen and understand what you are going through so we can work to achieve the resolution that is best for you and your family.

Here is how to get started with our Indianapolis family law team and find peace of mind knowing your future is in good hands.

  • First, call now for a free consultation. We’ll take the time to listen and understand your situation and answer all of your pressing questions.
  • Second, our family law team will prepare your matter and negotiate the outcomes you deserve.
  • Finally, you can relax knowing you’ve achieved the best resolution possible for you and your family.

So, call today for a free family law consultation and take the first step to finding the resolution you deserve.

Practice Areas We Support

At The Law Offices of Gabriel Berry, we focus our practice mainly on Criminal Defense and Family Law. Here are a few common legal services we provide.If you don’t see what you’re looking for, call and talk to us! 

Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced Criminal Defense attorney to investigate your case, determine the facts, and negotiate outcomes with prosecutors which might include, reduced sentence, reduced bail, or reduced charges.

Need a criminal defense lawyer? Learn more here.

Felonies

In the state of Indiana, a felony is any crime that carries a sentence of over one year in prison. Felonies are categorized into six levels. Felonies carry the following potential sentences by level:

Level One Felony

20-40 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level one felony offense is aggravated rape.

Level Two Felony

10-30 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level two felony offense is voluntary manslaughter.

Level Three Felony

3-16 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level three felony offense is aggravated battery that causes injury to another.

Level Four Felony

2-12 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level four felony offense is arson.

Level Five Felony

1-6 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level five felony offense is involuntary manslaughter.

Level Six Felony

6 months to 2.5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level six felony offense is vehicle theft.

Misdemeanors

In Indiana, misdemeanors are crimes that carry up to a year in prison and are classified into three classes: 

A Misdemeanor

The most serious class of misdemeanor in Indiana, it carries a sentence of up to a year in prison and as much as a $5,000 fine. An example of a class A misdemeanor in Indiana is the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana.

B Misdemeanor

Punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. An example of a class A misdemeanor in Indiana is public intoxication.

C Misdemeanor

The lowest class of misdemeanor in Indiana, it carries up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 fine. An example of a class C misdemeanor in Indiana is a person's first DUI with a blood alcohol level of between .08 and .15

Expungements

Depending on your conviction, you must wait between 5 and 8 years before filing to expunge your criminal record. Offenses that cannot be expunged include sex offenders, violent offenders, those convicted of official misconduct, homicide offenses, human and sexual trafficking offenses, or sex crimes.

OWI / DUI

In Indiana, you can be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence), also known as OWI (operating while intoxicated), if you were operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of at or greater than .08.

Family Law

As a family law attorney, we help with many different types of law related to you and your family. Practice areas under family law might include divorce, child support, amicable couple agreements, modifications, mediation representation, estate planning, wills and trusts, custody, and much more.

Learn more about our Family Law practice here.

Contested Divorce

While many divorces might be handled utilizing out-of-court agreements, a contested divorce becomes necessary when the parties' relationship has deteriorated to the point where you cannot work together. 

A contested divorce will often include mediation by an independent third party and even motions for discovery to compel the other party to disclose personal assets.

Amicable Couple Agreements

This can be a way of avoiding extensive court hearings, and large personal expenses. A dissolution agreement is a document that contains all of the issues that a couple in the process of getting a divorce has agreed to. After being approved by the court the agreement becomes enforceable, and either of the parties can be held in contempt for not following the terms of the agreement.

Modifications

Situations change, and modification is a way to update your current child support or parenting time schedule based on who you are now.

Mediation Representation

Mediation is a way to both help alleviate the court’s calendar, and give two parties the opportunity to try to come to an agreement regarding the issues they have.

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to a few common questions we hear from our clients.

I’m not sure I want to file for divorce. Can I get a legal separation?

Legal separations are rare but can be a good approach if you are not ready to divorce. A legal separation can last up to one year. After one year you should be ready to decide if you want to get a divorce or get back together with your spouse. If either spouse files for a divorce during the legal separation period, then the divorce case will take over and the legal separation will end.

How does the court determine child custody?

It’s important to understand that in Indiana there are two forms of custody: Legal and Physical.

Legal custody is the ability to make lifestyle decisions for the child such as where a child goes to school if they will practice religion and medical decisions. Divorcing parents can share this form of custody or one parent can be granted sole legal custody by the court.

Physical custody refers to the actual home a child spends most of their time. Parents can share physical custody, or one parent can be designated the primary custodian. In Indiana, the court looks to eight factors to determine what is in “the best interest of the child”:

  1. The age and sex of the child
  2. The wishes of the parents in the custody determination.
  3. The wishes of the child, with more consideration given to the child’s wishes if the child is at least fourteen years old.
  4. The interaction and interrelationship of the child with:
    • The parents
    • Other siblings or step-siblings.
    • Any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interest.
  5. The child’s adjustment to home, school, and community.
  6. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
  7. Evidence of a pattern of domestic or family violence by either parent.
  8. Evidence that the child has been cared for by a de facto custodian, and if the evidence is sufficient, the court shall consider other factors.

What does “no fault divorce” mean in Indiana?

In Indiana, you are not required to prove either spouse did anything which led to a divorce.

How can an estate planning attorney protect my assets?

Without a will, the government will determine how your property will be distributed. It’s important to understand that wills don’t just encompass your property, but include instructions for others as to how to carry your wishes regarding minor children, charitable donations you wish to make, and the naming of an executor.

Our estate planning approach also focuses on the need for a living will in case you are incapacitated.

How is custody visitation determined in Indiana?

In Indiana, the court looks to eight factors to determine visitation (now called parenting time) by asking what is in “the best interest of the child”? These factors include, but are not limited to”

  1. The age and sex of the child
  2. The wishes of the parents in the custody determination.
  3. The wishes of the child, with more consideration given to the child’s wishes if the child is at least fourteen years old.
  4. The interaction and interrelationship of the child with:
    • The parents
    • Other siblings or step-siblings.
    • Any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interest.
  5. The child’s adjustment to home, school, and community.
  6. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
  7. Evidence of a pattern of domestic or family violence by either parent.
  8. Evidence that the child has been cared for by a de facto custodian, and if the evidence is sufficient, the court shall consider other factors.
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