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Fort Wayne Divorce Lawyer Helps Spouses Assert Their Rights


Divorce might be confusing and emotionally traumatic, but the decisions you make during the marriage dissolution process will have an enormous impact on your future. An experienced family law attorney can help you make informed choices and prevent your partner from taking advantage of you during a difficult time. Patterson Law LLC in Fort Wayne, Indiana is committed to asserting the rights of divorcing spouses throughout the area. Our personalized approach works for Indiana clients whether issues such as custody, child support and alimony are uncontested or highly disputed.


For clients in Allen County and the surrounding area, our firm offers thorough, knowledgeable advice on Indiana divorce law and how it affects their case, including:

  • Grounds — Most Petitions for Dissolution are filed on a “no fault” basis, where a spouse states that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The only fault grounds are for insanity, impotence or a felony conviction.
  • Contested and uncontested divorce — If you and your spouse don’t have any disputes over property division, custody, spousal maintenance or child support issues, our firm can help you consider whether a Divorce with Agreement on All Issues works for you. It’s important to remember that even if an uncontested divorce might seem preferable now, you could look back and wish you had sought better terms.
  • Property division — Indiana is an equitable distribution state, which means that if a question of property division goes before a court, a judge decides what he or she thinks is fair. This does not have to be an even split, and it’s important to have an advocate on your side who can make the strongest cases based on factors such as each side’s contribution to the acquisition of particular assets and whether property was acquired before the marriage through inheritance or gift.

As a Certified Family Law Specialist as designated by the Indiana Family Law Certification Board, Rex Patterson can identify and implement solutions that others might miss. In a consultation, you can explore your options and gain a detailed perspective on how to proceed.


The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines set forth rules regarding child custody and visitation issues. The guidelines are based on the premise that it is best for children to have frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with each parent. Even if serious problems exist between the parties, our firm makes every effort to handle issues relating to residence, legal authority and visitation according to that standard. By creating detailed parenting plans, we can often head off issues that might arise later over where children spend holidays or who covers transportation costs. Should the matter go before a judge, we prepare thoroughly to present a formidable case regarding your son or daughter’s physical, emotional and educational needs. We also represent clients in grandparent visitation matters.


Many Indiana child support determinations are made based on a formula that takes into account each parent’s income, health insurance costs and day care payments. However, dishonesty regarding wages or the ability to work can affect the rate that is established. Our firm brings key information to the court’s attention when necessary and also represents parents in modification and enforcement matters.


Known as alimony in some jurisdictions, spousal maintenance can be awarded by Indiana courts in certain situations. Primarily, an ex-spouse might be ordered to make payments if his or her former partner is unable to work due to a physical or mental incapacity or if they must stay home to care for a special needs child. Rehabilitative alimony could be granted for up to three years if someone needs time and financial support while they gain the skills or training required to earn a living. We’ll analyze your circumstances and assess whether spousal maintenance might be provided. From there, we’ll advocate for terms that accurately reflect the law and circumstances.

Contact an effective Indiana divorce lawyer to schedule a consultation

Patterson Law LLC in Fort Wayne represents clients in Indiana divorce proceedings and post-dissolution actions, such as alimony and child support modification. Please call 260-247-8383 or contact us online to make an appointment for an initial consultation.

  • "Rex was very helpful and understanding of my situation. He was honest and upfront. For everything that he did for me, I am very thankful. I highly recommend Patterson Law LLC." - Hailee Gordon

  • "Rex is absolutely amazing at what he does! I have to say that his professionalism is above and beyond! You knocked it out of the park today my friend! I will speak highly of you and your staff to every single person I know! Thank you!" - Bryan Sanders

  • "I've been working with Rex for what it seems like forever now, he hasn't let me down one time! He works his hardest to get what needs to be done, done! I'd recommend him to anyone!!" - Megan Mitchell

  • "I would highly recommend Patterson Law to anyone! Everyone there is so professional and helpful! Rex took the time to get to know my case and handled it remarkably! Though I hope to never need their services again, I would most certainly if the need arose. Thank you to Rex and the entire staff! You are truly excellent stewards of your profession!" - Amy Gilbert-Koch

  • "Rex Patterson is a great person and lawyer! I would recommend this law firm to anyone looking for a straightforward no-nonsense approach to legal matters! I am very thankful that while sitting in a law firm in Ft. Wayne explaining my situation I was advised to go to Rex!! Best decision ever! Thanks again Rex for your calm approach to crazy!!!;)" - Abby Richards

  • "Rex is a great attorney. The clients we mutually served shared how Rex was a good attorney and fair in his pricing. Would highly recommend Rex for any of your legal needs." - Ron Nicolet Owner of Nicolet Counseling LLC

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