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September 20, 2022

This section will be dedicated to providing updates in case law and other research that affects the family. It will also provide updates as to the DF Legal Successes or Not in those areas.  

Putative Father Registry


If you believe you are the father to a child it is important that your register with the Putative Father Registry before the birth of the child or within 30 days from the date the child is born. To prevent this tragic possibility of losing the rights to a child, Indiana has established a putative father registry. This is a registry maintained by the state of men who have self-identified themselves as possibly being the father of a child born out of wedlock. It is not a declaration of paternity and registration does nothing toward establishing your paternity. But, by registering with the putative father registry you declare to possibly be the father of a child so that if the mother decides to place the child for adoption you have the right to be noticed.  To register with Indiana’s Putative Father Registry, please complete and submit the Indiana Putative Father Registration, State Form 46750. For more information, please call Customer Service at (317) 233-2700 and they will help direct your call.

Expungement Clinic


At the Law Office of Dorothy Ferguson we seek to help citizens erase their criminal history.  The benefit of this is that you can obtain a better job, change the legacy of your family, and create a new beginning.  We do this at the lowest cost possible. We charge 690.00 per county and that includes all criminal charges if for that county.  See if you qualify today. 765-617-3946. 


In a recent Court of Appeals Decision in regards to whether a parent can seek a protective order as a means of preventing parenting time the Indiana Court of Appeals made the following decision, The protection order statutes should not be used as a de facto method to modify custody and/or parenting time. However, the protection order statutes offer expedited and ex parte proceedings to provide a “stop gap” to stabilize the situation until the trial court can determine the best interests of the child in a modification proceeding. J.L. v. M.M, No. 22A-PO-512, ___NE3d___ (Ind.Ct.App., 9/6/22).  If you need more information on this issue and how it affects your rights to a relationship with your child, we can help.  Contact us today.