• Family Law Attorneys Named to Super Lawyer

    Cairns & Rabiola, LLP, is proud to announce that Indianapolis family law attorney Tara Rabiola has been named as a 2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Attorney Jaimie L. Cairns has been selected for the second year in a row as a Rising Star. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

    Cairns & Rabiola, LLP, is a boutique family law and divorce firm located in downtown Indianapolis.

  • Holiday Parenting Time: President’s Day 2016

    President’s Day is next Monday, February 15th, and while most working adults do not get to enjoy the holiday (with the exclusion of state and federal government employees), all local schools do celebrate the holiday. And because of that, the holiday is included in the 2013 updated version of Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines ‘ list of holidays that are to be rotated between the custodial and non custodial parent.

    Under the 2013 guidelines , this year the noncustodial parent is given from from Friday at 6:00 P.M. until Monday at 7:00 P.M. It’s important to keep in mind that under the new guidelines: ” If a parent misses a regular weekend because it is the other parent’s holiday, it will be lost. If a parent receives two consecutive weekends because of a holiday, that parent shall have the third weekend also. Regular alternating weekends shall continue throughout the year.”

    However if the 2009 guidelines or any prior version of the guidelines applies in your case, the holiday IS NOT included under the guidelines. In other words, if the older version of the guidelines apply to your case, the normal weekend rotation schedule applies to the weekend, despite the Monday off of school.

    The following list is a non-exhaustive list of local schools that have President’s Day off this year:

    • IPS
    • Warren Township
    • Perry (Snow Make Up Day)
    • Lawrence
    • Franklin
    • Decatur
    • Wayne
    • Pike
    • Washington
    • Carmel Clay
    • HSE
    • Zionsville
    • Brownsburg
    • Avon
    • Plainfield
    • Danville
    • Greenwood
    • Speedway
    • Greenfield

    Many of the above schools use President’s Day as a snow make up date so if your school has had a snow day this year it’s important to double check whether students will be making the day up on President’s Day.

    It is also worth nothing that most courts are closed in observation of the holiday, including the Marion County Courts, Boone County Courts, Hancock County Courts, Hamilton County Court, Johnson County Courts, and Hendricks County Courts.

  • Cairns Law Represents Client in Successful Adoption Appeal

    The Indiana Court of Appeals issued a decision today in In Re the Adoption of S.Z. In Indiana, both biological parents must consent to an adoption or the potential adoptive parents must show that the consent is not required. To prove the consent is not required, the adoptive parent can show one of three things: (1) that the child was abandoned for 6 months, (2) that the biological parent failed to communicate significantly with the child when able to do so or (3) that the biological parent failed to provide for the care and support of the child when able to do so.

    In this case, the trial court found that the biological mother’s consent was required because she had not abandoned the child, had not failed to communicate with the child, and, while the mother had not provided any support for the child, the adoptive parent had not proven she was able to support the child.

    Cairns & Rabiola had the pleasure of representing the potential adoptive parent in his appeal. The Court of Appeals found that the trial court had made a number of erroneous findings and most importantly that the Court’s ultimate conclusion that biological mother’s consent was requried was erroneous and should be reversed and remanded. The trial court will now address the issue of whether the adoption is in the child’s best interest.