Family Law

Nickloy & Higdon LLP Family Law Attorneys, Amy Higdon & Emily Barry

At Nickloy & Higdon LLP, we are committed to providing our clients with unparalleled, compassionate, and effective guidance and assistance when it comes to our comprehensive family law legal services, dealing with dissolution, post-dissolution, paternity, and pre-nuptial matters. We work closely with our clients in offering help with all aspects of their family law matter and also offer the alternative of moving forward in a collaborative manner. 

We have the knowledge, experience, insight, and commitment to work with you, whether it’s the beginning of a divorce or seeking a modification of a support or parenting time order. We’ll take you through every step of the process and explain your legal options.

We offer advice and services on:

  • Adoption:

We offer services for stepparent adoptions as well as infant adoptions.   Should a party wish to adopt as his or her child another child or his or her spouse’s child, please feel free to contact us for assistance.

  • Child Support:

When there are children involved in a case, the parties have an obligation to financially support them. We can assist with the establishment of support or the modification of a support order.

  • Collaborative Law:

Collaborative Law is a process in which the parties agree to proceed with their matter without proceeding to Court. It is intended to be a transparent process where the parties engage in collaborative meetings and openly share information with each other and their attorneys to reach an amicable resolution to their pending matter. Amy Higdon and Emily Barry are Collaboratively Law trained attorneys.

  • Custody:

There are two types of Custody in Indiana:  legal and physical. Legal custody involves making major decisions for children. Physical custody relates to the time a child spends with each parent. We can assist clients with an original custody determination, enforcement of parenting time, or a modification of custody or parenting time.

  • Dissolution/Divorce:

We handle dissolution matters for parties with and without children and whether the parties are amicably reaching an agreement, or if their matters are more contentious or require hearings (preliminarily or final), whichever approach is best for the client and his or her family. Divorces with children will not only involve property division, but also custody, parenting time, and support issues. Divorces where the parties do not have children or have children who are already emancipated will be facing property division issues. We are prepared to assist individuals with marital estates that have either modest or significant assets.

  • Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)/Parenting Coordination (PC):
  • GAL – A GAL is an individual who is an advocate for children in cases. She meets with the parents, child(ren), and other individuals significant to the child(ren)’s life to assist the Court in determining what is in the child(ren)’s best interest in a divorce, post-dissolution, or paternity matter.  Attorney Emily Barry is a GAL and is available to be hired on a private basis when the assistance of a GAL is needed in a case.
  • PC – Parties utilize a PC when they have a difficulty reaching agreements or working together to co-parent. A PC works with both parents and assists them in cooperatively making decisions in their children’s best interest. Attorney Emily Barry is a PC.
  • Enforcement/Contempt:

When one party is not following an existing agreement or Court order, the other party may have to file a motion with the Court to ensure enforcement (the other party’s compliance). This can cover issues of child support, custody, parenting time, or other financial aspects involving the children.

  • Mediation:

Emily Barry is a certified Domestic Relations Mediator. Mediation is a process where the parties and their attorneys work toward a settlement of their dispute with the assistance of a third party, the mediator.  Ms. Barry can provide mediation services for parties who would like to resolve their differences out of Court and without the necessity of proceeding to a trial.

  • Modification:

From time-to-time, people wish to modify or change either their support or custody orders. There are certain factors that must be in place for a person to seek a modification. A consultation with one of our attorneys will help determine if your situation may be appropriate for modification.

  • Paternity:

Paternity actions involve the establishment of paternity of a child’s biological father as well as many other child-related legal issues. We represent both mothers and fathers in paternity matters as they not only address and determine who the father is, but also custody, parenting time, child support, and other long-term child-related financial issues.