Q&A: Divorce petition public notice


From the Daily Reporter (Greenfield):

Q: An individual wants to publish a divorce petition, including a lot of personal information. Should that be included in the public notice?

Sometimes divorce petitions must be published as an attempt to serve notice on one of the parties that the legal action has been filed. IC 31-15-2-5 lists what must be included in the petition:

• The residence of each party and length of residence in the state and county

• The date of the marriage

• The date when the parties separated

• The name, age and address of children younger than 21 years old and any incapacitated child of the marriage and whether the wife is pregnant

• The grounds for dissolution of the marriage

• The relief sought.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.