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Family Law and the Benefits of an Attorney

Jay Lauer Attorney at Law Feb. 23, 2024

South Bend Family Law and Divorce Attorney

At Jay Lauer Attorney at Law, we help families resolve issues related to divorce, child custody, child support, and adoption. Our family law attorney, Jay Lauer, has experience working for Legal Services of Northern Indiana and helping diverse families with family law issues. We understand that every family is different, and he takes pride in getting to know his clients and their needs.

The Legal Representation Your Divorce Case Deserves

Many people believe the myth that you must prove fault in divorce cases. What you must show is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. We can fully explain the divorce process and work with you to seek a fair settlement with your spouse. We may use mediation to work out agreements for children and property, such as:

  • Child custody

  • Child support

  • Spousal support (alimony)

  • Property division

When You Need Modifications of Child Support or Custody Arrangements

To qualify for a post-decree modification, you will need to show that there is a continuing and substantial change in circumstances that will affect child custody or child support payments. This can include remarriage, a new job, loss of a job, or relocation. The modification that is sought must be in the best interest of the child.


We can also help with discontinuing child support payments when your child becomes independent. You cannot just stop making payments; you need to go back to court. If your child is now married, is living independently outside the home, or is over 18, we can petition for the court to acknowledge the child's emancipation and legally end your obligation to pay child support.

Other Family Law Issues

We also handle guardianships and adoptions. Whatever your family law issue, we provide personalized services to your family to establish a connection and a positive working relationship. Our goal is to not create more conflict but to try to resolve issues amicably by working together through mediation.

Contact Our Indiana Divorce Lawyer

For information on family law matters such as divorce, child support, or adoption, contact the law office of Jay Lauer Attorney at Law, in South Bend, Indiana. We can be reached by phone at (574) 208-6267 or through our online contact form.