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Despite erroneous admission of mediation evidence, high court affirms stock award for ex-wife

Despite the erroneous admission of confidential evidence prepared in anticipation of a divorce mediation, the Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the award of half of a man’s stock to his now-ex-wife due to his breach of the divorce agreement. The high court ruled in the case that documents produced in anticipation of mediation are covered under settlement negotiation confidentiality requirements.

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JNC recertifies 2 senior judges

Two senior judges have been recertified for another year of service in Indiana. Cynthia Amber of Fort Wayne and Carol Jane Orbison of Indianapolis were recertified as senior judges in a Feb. 25 order.

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Parents’ gender-marker change requests for transgender kids splits COA

Two Indiana trial courts must reconsider parents’ requests to change their children’s birth certificate gender markers, a majority of the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, finding parents have statutory authority to request the changes for their minor transgender children. A dissenting judge, however, opined that Wednesday’s decision was a judicial overreach into legislative powers.

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Indiana commercial courts branching out

Indiana’s commercial court docket is expanding for the first time, with four new venues opening in 2021. Hamilton, Madison, St. Joseph and Vigo counties will join Allen, Elkhart, Floyd, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties in offering the specialized business dockets.

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