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Terri Hudson Tinder

Child custody Attorney at Merrillville, IN

4.9   15 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2007
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Terri

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Divorce, child custody disputes, family violence, potential loss of home, are extremely stressful.  You need someone who understands your situation and will fight for you and your family.   I will guide you through the legal process with knowledge and compassion.  I would be happy to meet with you and evaluate your case.  You may schedule a free consultation by calling


-I am a licensed attorney practicing in Lake County and Porter County, Indiana.

-Family law ( child custody, child support, divorce, separation, spousal support)


-Mortgage Foreclosure Defense

-Mortgage Modification


-General Civil litigation

- 2016 Advanced Training as Guardian ad Litem


-Women Lawyers Association, Past President and current member since 2007

-Lake County Bar Association member since 2007

-Indiana State Bar Association member since 2007

-Instructor Criminal Justice, Business Law and Paralegal studies

-Recognized by Gary Life Education Initiative for improving education in LakeCounty

-Director of Domestic Violence Clinic Valparaiso Law School


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Law Office of Terri Hudson Tinder
9120 Connecticut Drive Suite D
Merrillville, IN, 46322


4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Samantha | November 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Town!
I was in search of a new lawyer when a neighbor told me about Terri. The first time we spoke she listened, understood, and believed my experiences. I was 2+ years into my divorce and the difficulties of the custody battle were increasing. Terri knew which steps to take to turn this around and fight for what was best for my child. Her knowledge in Guardian Ad Litem work and Domestic Violence made me feel confident in her representation of me. Terri never stopped working for me; even after hours or on weekends. Please follow her advice and listen to her expertise. She is not afraid of a fight and will fight for you!
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2022
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Excellent Advocate for Children
I hired Attorney Tinder because she is experienced and trained in handling cases of domestic violence. She is thorough in her research and preparation for court. She cares deeply about the safety and well-being of women and children. You will not find a better attorney in NW Indiana for protecting the well-being of survivors of abuse.
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Posted by Kristin | August 5, 2022
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Professional Compassionate and Intelligent
Attorney Hudson Tinder is not only extremely professional, she is also compassionate and sensitive to each individual's situation. My wife and I have been going through an excruciating custody and child support battle with my ex-wife and Attorney Hudson Tinder had worked diligently and professionally to help my wife and I gain primary custody of my children. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field of family law as well as other areas of law. I encourage anyone that is looking for an attorney that will do what's best for her client, especially if children are involved, to hire Attorney Hudson Tinder.
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Posted by Eric | February 12, 2022
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Great Lawyer
As father I felt I had no right to my child due to the system. But Terri was not only able to help me get legal joint custody, but she also helped me through my case. It is hard for a father in the legal system and Terri not only made sure we had everything we needed she also fought hard for me. She is more on top of her game than any other lawyer my ex-wife tried to bring into the court. I was at ease knowing she was fighting in my corner. It hard going through a divorce and wondering if you will ever get to have time with you kid. She is straight forward and tells you what you need to do to make you look good. follow her directions and she will not steer you wrong.
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Posted by Karla | February 12, 2021
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Best Attorney in Northwest Indiana
I live out of state and was looking for a good attorney in Indiana to get emergency custody of my son who resided in the state of Indiana . No one wanted to helped me because it was Christmas time . Attorney tinder was the right one! She worked on my case the same day ! She filed for an emergency custody , she cared so much about my case that she made sure my son and I were fine together. Very professional in court, and compassionate in person. Attorney Terri Tinder thank you so much for helping me get my son back.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2021
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Best option for our family law issue
She is very professional and compassionate, and she has fair pricing. We were able to go through our case with minimal stress.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2020
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Yes, you should Hire Terri.
I would definitely recommend Terri. She handled my case with the utmost regard and professionalism. I honestly did not think I would get full custody of my child but Terri was able too. To say that I am pleased with my outcome is sincerely an understatement.
Posted by Joan | September 11, 2019
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Divorce/Child custody
I would highly recommend Terri Tinder to anyone in a heartbeat. She is so compassionate and professional. She went above and beyond for me during my ugly divorce and child custody case. Terri is very thorough and does not take your case with a grain of salt, she has a mission and works so hard on it. I cannot thank this woman enough for her attentiveness. She went to battle for myself and my daughters and won me full custody of both of my girls and got a heinous man out of our lives. I know that she was on my side the whole way and she brought me great comfort during the hard times. She went above and beyond her duties as my lawyer. I am so happy she came into my life.
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Posted by Eric | September 19, 2018
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A True Blessing
Before I get into my story, I want to express my tremendous respect and appreciation for Terri right at the beginning. She was a true professional, a courageous fighter and completely empathetic towards the situation my family was thrust into. My ex-wife, who was awarded the home in our divorce, had failed to abide by our divorce decree and refinance the home which was solely in my name. Furthermore, unbeknownst to me, she had failed to pay the mortgage for 6 months which resulted in the home going into foreclosure. Last, but certainly not least, the home was left in horrific condition and ultimately abandoned. I was left with a monumental amount of debt, a mortgage company that had filed suit against me and was staring down a foreclosure for a home I didn’t want and was in need of major repairs. The icing on the cake was that my family and I got to begin this adventure right as we were nearing Christmas. Needless to say, I was panicking. My wife happened to came across Terri's name on AVVO and, given her specialty, I decided to call. Terri spent nearly 45 minutes on the phone with me that day. Hearing the compassion in her voice led to an in-person meeting and from that point, I knew she was the right choice. Not only did Terri successfully take on the mortgage company, she also fought tirelessly to rectify the wrongdoings and damages done by my ex-wife. The latter was ultimately the hardest and most stressful part of the process. Yet, through all of the blood pressure raising situations, Terri never backed down. She never waived a white flag. She fought until things were made right. My family is so thankful that we had Terri in our corner. I honestly don't know if anyone else could have handled the many unique and difficult challenges we faced, nor would have had the patience to stick through the copious amount of craziness we dealt with week in and week out. The aforementioned empathy shined throughout the process. I felt that Terri took my case to heart and made it very personal. I honestly cannot thank her enough. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by laurie | February 24, 2018
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Child support
My case started when my son was 5 years old. I won the case but the father kept appealing the case and not paying support. This went on till my son was 18 years old. Terri took my case and was a blessing. It was a long case but in the end we won the case and I got back all my child support that was due to me. If I needed any more legal help again Terri will be there for me.
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Posted by K. Johnson | January 24, 2018
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Because of my complicated case, I had difficulties finding an attorney. After researching attorney Terri Tinder, I knew that she had the skills to conquer in the courtroom! Attorney Tinder was AMAZING! She took the time to listen to me carefully and she studied my case relentlessly! She was extremely thorough in her research and paid attention to every intricate detail of my case. The end result- MY SUCCESS IN THE COURTROOM!!! Thank you attorney Tinder!!!
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Posted by Bill | September 7, 2016
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Pitbull-actually very friendly but tenacious when it counts!
I had a referral from a friend to see Terry for a pretty dramatic and abrupt end of a mess of an 18 year marriage. I experienced her to be quite friendly but also expedient regarding gathering all the facts of the case. As the case went on and as our rapport grew, I found her to truly care and she just refused to allow the facts of the case to be misrepresented. She was very open to gathering all the needed story-she heard me out completely. Our case eventually went to settlement where she then was compassionate about the end of my marriage which still has some very real love left in it. But alas the co-dependence had to stop; we were growing in different directions and ended up pulling each other apart rather than having a mutually respectful partnership. I say all this to highlight that Terry was 100% committed all the way through. I don't know how I would have gotten through without her. So many other lawyers were sterile and jaded. Having a background as a court advocate really shone through till the end. She was very diligent and knowledgeable, but by far the greatest asset I found in her was the fact that she really cared. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Daniel | March 31, 2015
Terri did a great job representing me on my divorce
Terri did a great job handling my divorce. She quickly returned phone calls, e-mails, and messages. She provided good legal counsel during a difficult time for me and her rates were more than fair. Most importantly, she obtained the result I was looking for. I highly recommend Terri.
Posted by Alyssa | March 25, 2015
Very knowledgable
Terri was very knowledgeable when handling my military divorce, she made sure I received everything financially that I wanted and deserved, as well as possessions. She made everything as least stressful as possible and was very patient when dealing with my divorce. She was even able to set up a settlement conference to avoid going to court. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants someone who is knowledgeable and knows what she is dealing with, and that each case is different. I felt as though she personally cared about getting me, my fair share throughout the whole process. I am very satisfied with how my divorce process went, and I truly have Terri to thank for that.
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Posted by Dave | August 22, 2022
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Terri Hudson Tinder
I would highly recommend Terri she worked tirelessly and effortlessly to resolve my case she was very professional and compassionate
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Terri Hudson Tinder
  • 2014 - Present
  • Director Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Valparaiso Law School
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Brown Mackie College
  • 2009 - 2018


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006


  • Women Lawyers Association Lake County Indiana
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Faculty Advisor
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Women Lawyers Association, Inc.
  • President
  • 2011 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Advanced Guardian Ad Litem Training
  • Lake County Superior Court and Kids' Voice of Indiana
  • 2016


  • Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • The Fair Housing Act and Religious Freedom (research assistant)
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terri Tinder is a thorough and compassionate attorney, and committed to advocating for her clients. I highly endorse Terri Tinder."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Tinder for 11 years. She has a good analytical mind, and combined with her knowledge of the law, she is a great advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terri Tinder is a zealous compassionate attorney who will be your ally not only for family law matters, but personal injury or whatever else you need. She is knowledgeable, prepared, and will take control of the courtroom!"

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Merrillville Child custody Lawyer Terri Hudson Tinder
Terri Hudson Tinder
Child custody Attorney
Merrillville, IN
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available