Paula J. Schaefer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.
 | 2910 East 96th Street, Suite D
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 317-660-8150
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

A partner at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., Paula J. Schaefer focuses her practice almost exclusively on family law matters. From the firm's office in Indianapolis, Indiana, she represents people in the greater metropolitan area and throughout the state. Ms. Schaefer has been certified as a specialist in family law by the Family Law Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association. She also has experience in the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents.

In her divorce practice, Ms. Schaefer assists people who are facing the end of their marriages and who need help in addressing such issues as the division of complex debts and assets, child custody and visitation, and alimony and child support. She is an effective advocate for her clients when a judge is making decisions on these matters. However, Ms. Schaefer has also been trained in collaborative law as well as in domestic relations mediation, and thus, when appropriate, she will often help her clients reach an accord using one of these alternative dispute resolution methods. Other family law matters that she has experience in include the preparation and review of prenuptial agreements, post-decree order modifications and enforcement, and the obtaining of protective orders for victims of domestic violence.

After receiving an associate degree from Vincennes University, Ms. Schaefer attended Ball State University, where she majored in legal administration and earned a Bachelor of Science in 1991. She then obtained her legal education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1994. Ms. Schaefer is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and she is a member of the Family Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Paula Schaefer

Admitted: 1994, Indiana

Professional Webpage: www.randsfamilylaw.com/attorneys-1.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Life Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Dr. John Morton-Finney Excellence in Legal Education Award, 2002
  • President's Award from Indianapolis Bar Association, 2000
  • Top 25 Women Indiana Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2011
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2007 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Trained as a Collaborative Law Professional, 2012
  • Family Law Mediation Certification, 1998
  • Certified Family Law Specialist as certified by the Family Law Certification Board.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, 1994 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 1994 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1994
  • Indiana, 1994
  • Member Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Teen Court Program for Juvenile Offenders - Judge
  • Hamilton County Bar Association and its Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Member
  • Sponsor, Carmel Dad's Club Sports teams

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2018
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2017
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2016
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2015
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2014
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2013
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2012
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2011
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2010
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2009
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2008
  • Lecturer, How to Handle Your First Divorce, IBA Young Lawyer's Division, 2000
  • Lecturer, Indiana Family Law, PEC Bar Review, 1999
  • Lecturer, Rainmaking Seminar, IBA Young Lawyer's Division, 1998
  • Lecturer, Indiana Family Law, PEC Bar Review, 1998
  • Survey of Indiana Family Law in 1996, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 4, 1997
  • Survey of Indiana Family Law in 1995, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, 1996
  • Indiana Bar Review, Family Law, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2000 - Present

Representative Clients:

  • Hubbard v. Hubbard, 690 N.E.2d 1219 (Ind. App. 1998)

Educational Background:

  • B.S. Legal Administration, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1991
  • A.S. Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Vincennes Univerity, Vincennes, Indiana, 1989

Comments

  • “Widely respected and liked by Bench and Bar. Well-known among counsellors, parenting-time coordinators & GALs employed in other disciplines in Marion and Hamilton Counties regarding child-related issues. Many referrals from attorneys for asset/child divorce matters. Has lectured on Family Law for the Indpls. Bar Assn.'s highly successful Indiana Bar Exam Review Course since Family Law was added to Indiana's Bar Exam in 1998.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Paula J. Schaefer

2910 East 96th Street
Suite D
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone: 317-660-8150

 

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Last Updated: 7/12/2018

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