Locations that distribute marriage licenses are typically located in the Circuit Court.
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Marriage licenses issued from Lake County can be used throughout the state of Indiana. Personal checks not accepted.
If either of you are Indiana residents, you can apply for your license in Lake County or whichever Indiana county of your choosing. If neither of you live in Indiana then get your license from the county where you intend to get married. For instance, if you know you're going to get married in Lake County, that's where you should get your license. There's no wait to get your marriage license. Once your application is received, your marriage licensed will be issued immediately.
There is no extra waiting period once your marriage license is issued. You can go and get married in Lake County, or anywhere else within the state. Your Lake County marriage license will eventually expire if not used. You have 60 days to use it once it's been issued.
Your expired marriage license is no longer valid. You can get it reissued from the same Lake County office you submitted your original application to.
You have to be at least 18 years old in order to marry without getting consent from a parent or legal guardian within Lake County. If you are under 18 years of age, you'll need both your parents or legal guardians to accompany you to provide consent. Have a certified copy of your birth certificate available. Such copies are typically available in the vital records or recorders office. Keep in mind that if you were not born in Indiana, you'll have to order your certified copy from your state or country of birth. If you were born in Lake County, IN, order your certificate from this county.
Otherwise, order it from the IN county of your birth. While there are no blood tests, women over 50 years old do have to provide a premarital examinate certificate, which can be gotten from an Indiana health clinic. You should check with your local court clerk's office to find out your county's exact fee. If you have children, you may have to attend a class for helping children through a divorce. There is sometimes a fee for that class.
If you cannot pay these fees, you can ask the court to let you file your divorce without paying the fees. The court can allow you to file a divorce without paying any fee at all, or allow you to file by paying only part of the filing fee. If you hire an attorney, you will also have to pay the attorney. You will need to check with the attorney about that attorney's fees.
Once a divorce is filed, you have to wait 60 days before the court can finalize the divorce. The court can issue temporary orders as soon as the divorce is filed, but the actual divorce and final orders cannot be done until 60 days have passed since the date the divorce was filed. It could take longer than 60 days, depending on the issues of your case and the court's schedule. Your divorce case is assigned to a judge, and copies of the papers are sent to your spouse.
If you asked for temporary custody, child support, etc. At this hearing, the Court can enter restraining orders and other temporary orders such as custody, visitation, support, and property. The provisional order will be in effect only until the final hearing.
The court can make different decisions at the final hearing. The Court must decide the issue of custody based on the "best interests" of the child. The Court can consider many things, including:. Indiana has Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, which tell the courts what visitation the courts should order. The non-custodial parent will usually have visitation every other week-end, and one evening during the week.
Holidays are split between the parents. The non-custodial parent's visitation can be limited if there is proof that visitations would be harmful to the child.
The amount of visitation is NOT related to whether the parent has been paying court-ordered child support. Indiana has child support guidelines that the Court uses to decide how much the child support order will be. The guidelines use the parents' income, child care expenses and other factors to come up with the child support amount.
If a parent is not working, the Court will often assume that the parent could earn at least a minimum wage. In almost all cases, support must be paid through the clerk's office. The support order can also require the non-custodial parent to provide health insurance coverage for the child.
You can see the child support guidelines at Child Support Guidelines. The divorce can be finalized either by going to court for a final hearing or by giving the court papers showing you and your spouse have agreed on all of the issues. The court can also issue other orders such as for counseling, spousal maintenance, or protective orders.
Generally, courts cannot change the order concerning property and debts after the divorce is done. The court can sometimes change orders concerning child custody, visitation and child support.
You can file for a divorce if your spouse is in the military. However, it may take you longer to get the divorce finalized if the military spouse is on duty and is unavailable for court hearings.
The court can make different decisions at the final hearing. Online Divorce provides access to computer-aided self-help services at your specific direction. What a huge loss that would have been! Online Divorce does not sell blank forms. You usually have to pay this fee in cash or by certified check or money order.
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act allows the military member to ask the court to delay court proceedings while the military member is unavailable due to military service. It is best to have an attorney help you file a divorce. Some attorneys will handle your divorce without charging you a fee because the court can order your spouse to pay your attorney fees.