We’re Welcoming a New Attorney!

677594F6-B7E9-4D82-9E69-2B4117D7F5CFFranklin Law is happy to introduce our newest team member, attorney Emily Szczepkowski! Emily is a native to Fort Wayne and has practiced law since 2015. She’s ready to assist you with your family law needs, including dissolution, paternity, adoption, and guardianships. Schedule your consult today!


As we approach the April 1st deadline, I would like to remind all “Non-custodial Parents” that the deadline to select their half of Summer break is by April 1st, meaning notify them on March 31 or before. This selection shall be written and verbal notice to the “Custodial Parent” of their Summer break selection by April 1st. The selection may be consecutive or split into 2 segments. A timely selection may not be rejected by the “Custodial Parent.” Failure of the “Non-custodial Parent” to give this notice in a timely manner will result in the “Custodial Parent” making the selection. For more information, please see the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines.


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (“RBG”) has died at the age of 87. She was a champion for gender equality and the advancement of women’s rights. She was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. RIP RBG.

Parenting Time during COVID-19

I have had a lot of questions regarding parenting time and COVID-19 🦠. Attached is the executive order 📝 that came out today outlining our next few weeks. As to parenting time 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦:
– Paragraph 7 defines essential activities with paragraph e allowing travel to care for / transport family members.
– Paragraph 16 e goes further and permits travel required by court order including transporting of Children pursuant to a custody agreement.

Let’s work together to get through these difficult times and help our children

Click to access Executive_Order_20-08_Stay_at_Home.pdf

Summer Break – April 1st deadline

As the April 1st deadline is approaching, I wanted to remind all parents that follow the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines that the “noncustodial” parent shall give written and verbal notice to the “custodial” parent of their Summer break selection by April 1st. A timely selection may not be rejected by the “noncustodial” parent. Failure to give this notice in a timely manner will result in the custodial parent making the selection.

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Just a friendly reminder to all parents that follow the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, that “non-custodial parents” get to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. The Thanksgiving holiday starts tonight, Wednesday, November 21st @ 6:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday, November 25th @ 7:00 p.m. 

We hope everyone has a happy holiday.


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Trick – or – Treating

Reminder that if you follow the INDIANA PARENTING TIME GUIDELINES for holidays, then this year for Halloween, it is the “custodial” parent’s holiday with the child(ren). The holiday starts at 6:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm “or at such time that coincides with the scheduled time for trick or treating in the community where the non-custodial parent resides. Trick or treating in Fort Wayne is from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm on Wednesday this year. Stay safe families and have a Happy Halloween!

What is a Parenting Coordinator?

A Parenting Coordinator is a third party professional called a PC who helps parents implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes, providing education, making recommendations to the parties, and making decisions within the scope of the court appointment.

Lindsay M. Franklin is a trained parenting coordinator and mediator and she is ready to help your family!

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