At least half of all divorces include a self-represented party. If you are preparing to file for divorce, have children, and anticipate a contested child custody case then you could access the Indiana Supreme Court's Self-Service Website and get the appropriate form. However, because of the complexities of this situation it may be best to have an attorney assisting you and, depending upon the level of litigation factors, Mr. Showalter assisting the attorney. You may opt for the traditional and expensive full representation by an attorney where the attorney appears on your behalf. Another option though is an advisory attorney through unbundled legal services which you may read about on the right side of this page.
Regardless of your selection, using Mr. Showalter as a child custody advisor can give your attorney needed assistance in understanding the latest social science research findings related to child custody, the recent opinions of the appellate courts, and the general tenor of child custody policy throughout the state. Mr. Showalter can also draft documents for your attorney, aide in trial preparation, coordinate an effective litigation strategy, and provide additional opinion or play devil's advocate to your attorney. The demands placed upon attorneys can often outstrip their ability. By allowing your attorney to have Mr. Showalter as a resource you get the additional insight of someone who dedicates his life to the study of child well-being and custody issues. This can be the difference between being a parent or being a visitor in your child's future.