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Joan Elizabeth Champagne

Child support Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

4.8   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1998
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Joan

Learn Joan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Parenting time disputes, Parenting time modifications, Custody modifications.

  2. Child support
    Establish, modify or terminate support. Emancipations. College expense orders. Contempt cases.

  3. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, Mediation, Settlement Agreements, Document Review, Strategy Sessions

  4. Family
    Divorce, Child Custody, Parenting Time Disputes, Child Support Issues, Prenuptial Agreements

I founded White and Champagne in order to help people and their families resolve their legal disputes with compassion and respect.  I take a practical, yet creative approach to issues involving divorce, custody, child support, paternity, and parenting time. I am also a registered Domestic Relations Mediator. Additionally, I am a trained Guardian Ad Litem, a Parenting Coordinator, and a Collaborative Law Professional.


White and Champagne
5023 E. 56th St. Ste. 220
Indianapolis, IN, 46226

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Posted by Ronald | June 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Joan was very p[rofessional in ability to make sure I understood what was before me and what all could happen during this process. Her words were soft and made plain. She did not push me one way or another she left it up to me on my direction.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and thorough
Joan was great! I retained her services for a divorce proceeding and she gave me her undivided attention, communicated with me regularly and thoroughly and helped me cut through my emotions to focus on what mattered to the court.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Respondent in a divorce case.
White & Champagne were very direct and honest. They are a firm that has earned my trust. I would definitely do business with them and I would refer friends and loved ones to them as well. I can describe the firm with three words. 1. Trustworthy. 2. Competent. (Extremely) 3. Fair.
Posted by Jayne | June 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Joan Champagne was my lawyer in two legal matters. Both times Joan was successful in achieving the outcome I wanted. Joan truly is one of the good ones. I would highly recommend Joan for any legal matter. Joan is smart and professional and will work hard to accomplish a winning result. Thanks Joan.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Joan Champagne
Excellent experience with attorney and staff. Objective with common sense, yet looking out for my best interests. Highly recommend!!!
Posted by Mary Lee | August 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Meet my Champion...
The best choice I could have made to guide me through a very contentious divorce was Joan Champagne. She understood my circumstances and gave me the support and encouragement I needed to get through it. You see...Joan is not only a great attorney; but, she cares about her clients. She is there every time you reach out to her. She must wear roller skates because she gets things done fast !! She is the "Voice of Reason" when you are ready to lunge forward or regress out of exhaustion. She is a constant source of encouragement and support you need when you are going through difficult family issues. Joan will be your champion, advocate, and friend in your times of need. She absolutely is the quintessential attorney...and I'm proud to recommend her.
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Posted by Gary | May 2, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
One Hour Session
Joan provided an affordable one hour session to go over my case. I learned a great deal including my options. She read my case and listened to me and asked great questions. She did not dismiss the emotions but was able to tell me what I needed to hear. She cannot represent me in the county my case is in and I may not need representation. But the one hour was time well spent! I highly recommend Joan!!
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Posted by George | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Joan to help with getting my daughter emancipated & to calculate arrears for my child support order. I am nothing but pleased with her work.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent information and assessment of situation
Clear and focused advise and options
Posted by David | January 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Second opinion
Joan was very professional and to the point. We liked her truthful attitude and demeanor. When my lawyer retires, I am definitely going to have her as my lawyer!!
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me navigate a divorce
Thank you, Joan. Thank you for making one of the most difficult times in my life much more manageable. Your quick response to my emails and calls put my mind at ease. You were always a wealth of knowledge and I knew I was in good hands. Thank you for taking care of me and my boys.
Posted by Jeff | September 10, 2014
Very Happy!
Joan was very helpful in the process of gaining custody of my daughter. She was knowledgable and kept me informed. I was very happy with the outcome.
Posted by Andre' | September 10, 2014
Very good experience!
I was searching for a lawyer with limited time to spare. I had consultations scheduled with two other lawyers but something just struck me with Mrs. Champagne. So I cancelled those consultations and went to see Mrs. Champagne. I will say it was the greatest decision I've ever made. She's very courteous, nice, understanding, punctual and knowledgeable. She was very upfront with everything and how my case might go. She gave me a sense of peace. And on top of all that, her services were reasonably priced. I have no complaints at all. Very appreciative of everything she helped me achieve. And I would recommend her to any and everyone in a child support/ custody cause... Thanks Again, Mrs. Champagne!
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Posted by Tom | June 27, 2014
Child Support Case with the Father being the absent parent.
I hired Ms Champagne to assist me in an on-going child support case. I found her and had a telephone call during which I found out that she was a former Assistant District Attorney over child support cases. We also discussed that not all absentee fathers are deadbeats and some of us experience challenges that were manipulated by the custodial parent. Ms Champagne earned my confidence through that telephone call and reassured me that she has no personal bias towards men that are absent parents. I hired her and she immediately began a thorough analysis of my case and we discussed what actions would be cost effective and what actions would be cost prohibitive in my case. She discussed these with me until she was sure that I understood the applicable laws in my case and was comfortable with the decisions that I reached. She maintained contact with me as needed on a timely basis. I received a detailed expense report from her office monthly so that I could track my case financial impact as well as the case progress. In the end, Ms Champagne saved me more money on this case than I was charged in legal fees which was exactly my goal. In her thoroughness, she discovered an error made by 'THE COURT' of jurisdiction that would have been costly to me. At the risk of sounding distrusting of the court system, would anyone within the court system that is stacked against absent fathers have caught and corrected this error? I think not! I am completely satisfied with the representation of Ms. Champagne and the outcome of my case. If you are the absent parent in a child support case in Indiana and want a professional and unbiased attorney handling your case, give this lady a call!
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Posted by nelson | June 20, 2014
Review of Joan Champagne
Ms. Champagne helped me with a child custody case. I didn't think I had a chance. I walked out of the court room and felt Ms. Champagne did an excellent job and when the court came back and ruled in my favor I was very happy.As a man fighting for the right to be a dad, Ms. Champagne believed in me and saw that I had been doing the things a dad should be doing. I would ask Ms. Champagne help again in I needed to go back to court.
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Posted by Judy | December 17, 2013
Joan is a terrific lawyer and really helped me a great deal.
I am going through a divorce and although it is amicable, I thought I needed some advice from someone solely representing me. Through a high recommendation of one of my friends , I found Joan. We had a consultation and words can not express how happy I am that we did. She walked me through all of the legal fog that I was surrounded by. She helped me with wording on my agreement and what I needed to do regarding child support. It was all so helpful. I would recommend Joan to anyone. She is caring and really knows how to explain hard to understand information which made me feel more in control during this time.
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Posted by angie | October 22, 2013
Joan Champagne was an incredible help to me!!
Joan Champagne helped me with child support changes. I had one child already in college, and I had one child approaching college, and my ex husband was just "adjusting" the child support of his own accord. Joan Champagne efficiently and effectively helped me to get the child support legally and accurately adjusted. Her knowledge and expertise on each and every question or concern I had about the child support changes and options were extremely helpful and comforting to me. I knew I was being "taken care of" professionally and accurately. And Joan Champagne handled all that I had hired her to do in a LOT less time than other lawyers I had worked with would have done. This saved me time, frustration and money! Thanks, Joan, forall of your help!! For the first time, I felt VERY FAIRLY represented!!!!!!
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Posted by Kris | September 19, 2013
Great lawyer
It was a pleasure working with Joan she was very helpful and knowledgeable. She did not waste any time doing what I needed her to do. Most importantly I never had any trouble at all getting in touch with her to discuss my case.
Posted by Jeff | April 10, 2013
Review of Joan E. Champagne-Guardianship and small claims cases (3)
Joan performed flawlessly in a very difficult family matter concerning protection of our mother in a guardianship case and two small claims cases as they were related. She listened very well, considered all options, took an emergency stand on my/mothers behalf by unknown advances by the other parties, she stood up to their aggressive acts. She is completely trustworthy and nonjudgemental. She handled all aspects of the cases with confidence and class. I will call her again if needed.
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Posted by libby | February 20, 2013
John and I really appreciated all the help and understanding Joan gave us. It has been a difficult decision to do our wills, but Joan made it very understandable. Thank you
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • White and Champagne
  • 2008 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Liberty Mutual Group
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney: Child Support and Juvenile Law,
  • Jefferson County and Switzerland County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Staff Attorney: Family Law, Guardianships, Estate Planning,
  • UAW Legal Service Plans
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Marion County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990


  • Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition
  • Judge, Mock Trial Competition
  • 2017 - Present
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Lady Justice Program Volunteer
  • 2016 - Present
  • Indiana Kids Election
  • Volunteer
  • 2016 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Mentor Connect program (Committee member and mentor)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Solo and Small Firm Conference planning committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Professionalism Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Court House Art Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Public Relations Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Family & Juvenile Law Section
  • 1998 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 1998 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Westfield in Lights
  • Volunteer
  • 2016 - 2016
  • FUSE (Families United For Support and Encouragement), Greenfield, IN
  • Board Member (Vice President 2015-)
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Chair, Public Relations Committee
  • 2014 - 2017
  • KidsVoice
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2011 - 2023
  • Montgomery County Youth Services Bureau
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Publicity Committee
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Hancock County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Sagamore Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Fellow
  • Indiana Bar Foundation
  • 2017
  • Top 24 Best Divorce Lawyers in Indianapolis
  • 2016
  • Women's Caucus Scholarship award
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mediator Coaching Program
  • Coach
  • 2017
  • Speaker, Indiana Kids Election Day
  • Indiana Kids Election
  • 2016
  • Professional Responsibility in Action: Ethical Considerations when Handling Email and Social Media as Attorneys
  • Ask an Attorney Panel
  • 2015
  • Speaker, Applied Professionalism Seminar
  • Attorney Civility: Perspectives from the Benches and the Trenches
  • 2015
  • Judge, Marion County Prosecutor's Office Trial Advocacy Training
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2013
  • Judge, Client Counseling Competition, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Client Counseling
  • 2012
  • Speaker, Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer
  • Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer
  • 2012
  • Panelist, Law Practice Management Program, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Client Intake and Contracts
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Endorse Joan
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have met with and referred Joan for family law matters. I appreciate her approach and how she answers clients questions."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joan and I have worked together on emotional family law matters. Those cases require the attorneys to separate from the emotions and help the clients look at their assets from a business perspective. It is a pleasure to work with Joan and know that she is thinking about the best interests of her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Friend
"Joan and I are friends and colleagues. I have worked with her and on opposing sides. Joan works tirelessly for her clients and practices with great integrity. I highly recommend her legal services to anyone."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joan for more than 15 years and I have always found her to be hard-working, honest & fair."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first locked-horns with Joan when she was a Prosecutor. She went after a lot of dead-beat parents for child support arrearages. She is tough! Now in private practice, her client's are able to put her experience to work for themselves. Although she is tough on the opposition, she has a great sense of humor and compassion that her client's will find comforting during what are often difficult, emotional cases."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to work with Joan every day. She works hard for her clients. She is ethical, professional and practical."
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Indianapolis Child support Lawyer Joan Elizabeth Champagne
Joan Elizabeth Champagne
Child support Attorney
Indianapolis, IN
Licensed for 25 years