I focus my practice in family law, which includes dissolution, paternity, post-decree modifications, custody, child support, adoptions, and juvenile matters, primarily in Lake and Porter Counties. I also devote part of my practice to appeals in family law matters to the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court.
I also serve in the capacity of a Guardian Ad Litem, representing the best interests of children, in family law matters. As well, I have been trained as a Parenting Time Coordinator through the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), and enjoy the opportunity to assist families in difficult and high-conflict parenting situtations.
I believe that we can help clients get through difficult situations by communicating with them frequently, and always focusing on resolving matters informally before resorting to litigation. However, when litigation becomes necessary, moving in that direction with a client who is involved and knowledgeable is always my goal.
Hourly ($225-275/hour), Retainer (always)
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|IN||Active In Good Standing||1995||10/31/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Family Mediator||Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education||2011|
|Pro Bono Service Award / 176 Hours||First District Pro Bono Commission||2007|
|Parenting Time Coordinator||Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts||2004|
|Certified Family Law Specialist||Indiana State Bar||2002|
|Partner||Sterba & Swope, LLP||2007 - Present|
|Associate / Partner||Wieser & Sterba / Wieser Sterba & Wyllie, LLP||1995 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lake County Bar Association||Board of Managers||2001 - 2003|
|Women Lawyers Association, Inc.||Recording Secretary||1999 - 2001|
|Women Lawyers Association, Inc.||Member||1997 - Present|
|Lake County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Member||1996 - Present|
|Indiana State Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Valparaiso University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Valparaiso University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|