Ryan H. Cassman
Ryan H. Cassman is a Certified Family Law Specialist who focuses his practice on representing individuals in divorce, collaborative divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship, and support matters. His practice also includes drafting and negotiating premarital agreements, and with other attorneys at Coots, Henke and Wheeler, assisting clients in preserving their business interests and investments, pre and post-divorce.
In addition to traditional family law representation, Ryan offers alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative divorce. He serves as collaborative divorce counsel and is a trained member of the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals (“CIACP”). Ryan is an active, registered family law mediator. Ryan has been chosen by attorneys and appointed by judges to serve as a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of children.
Although most family law cases resolve through informal settlement or mediation, when a case must be tried, Ryan is able and eager to do so and enjoys being in the courtroom. Ryan has experience with appeals and has argued before the Indiana Supreme Court.
Ryan has been a guest speaker on WIBC to discuss legal issues concerning divorce and family law. Since 2009 Ryan has authored the Indiana divorce and family law blog, “All Things Family Law-Indiana Divorce and Family Law Blog." Follow Ryan's family law related updates via Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.
- In Re the Adoption of E.H. and M.H. (Ind. Ct. App. 2014); Adoptive parents (clients) adopted a sibling group of four children that had been found to be children in need of services (“CHINS”) and where the parental rights were previously terminated. Biological paternal grandmother and aunt (Appellants) sought to overturn the adoption by filing a post-adoption motion to intervene, which the trial court denied. On appeal, Appellants argued they were parties in the CHINS matter and had a right to intervene in the adoption. The Court of Appeals determined that any derivative rights of Appellants with regards to the children ceased when the biological father’s rights were terminated. The Court further opined that there was no right to intervene created by the CHINS action, which was separate and distinct from the adoption, and affected different rights. The trial court’s decision was affirmed and the clients’ adoption of the children remained intact.
Wilson v. Wilson (Ind. Ct. App. 2013); Husband appealed orders favorable to client (Wife). Court upheld orders related to Wife’s relocation, the child support calculation, the division of the marital estate and the attorney fee award in favor of Wife.
M.C.-G. v. M.G. (Ind. Ct. App. 2012); Father (Client) was granted sole legal and physical custody of the child by the trial court. Wife appealed and Appellate court held her appeal in abeyance until the trial court issued a final, appealable order. Wife was seeking to appeal the September 3, 2010; January 4, 2011; and October 5, 2011 orders and argued that the trial court abused its discretion by granting Husband sole legal and physical custody of their child. Husband cross-appealed several issues, alleging lack of jurisdiction over Wife's appeal and, in the alternative, affirmatively challenging the trial court's valuation and division of certain marital property. The Court of Appeals dismissed or denied all of the Wife’s claims.
C.F. v. M.R. (Ind. Ct. App. 2012); Mother appealed the trial court's order granting Father’s (Client) motion to modify custody of the parties' five-year-old son. Specifically, Mother argued that the trial court improperly modified custody based on evidence of a change that was not substantial enough to justify the modification. Finding no error, the Court of Appeals affirmed custody to Father.
In Re Adoption of DC, 928 NE 2d 602(Ind. Ct. App. 2010); Invoking the Indian Child Welfare Act, biological Father appealed an order granting the adoption of his child, an eleven-year-old who has lived with Stepfather since his birth.
- ; Former husband sought review of judgment awarding former wife $25,000 for damage to her credit rating and the finding that husband was in contempt of divorce decree for failing to immediately cure deficiencies on parties' rental properties and to timely complete other obligations under settlement agreement. (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
- CME for Family Mediation, ICLEF, 2014
- Annual Family law Institute, Dealing with Neutals: Custody Evaluators, Mediators, GAL's and PC's, ICLEF, 2014
- Solo & Small Firm Conference, 2014 Law Firm Security Issues – Are Your Documents Safe?
- Annual Family Law Institute, Spying and Surveillance, What's Available and What's Appropriate, ICLEF, 2013
- New Child Support Statute & New Parenting Time Guidelines, ICLEF, Annual Family Law Institute, 2012
- Family Law Society, Overview of Family Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, 2012
- Elder Law, Guardianship and Divorce, ICLEF, Annual Family Law Institute, 2011
- E-Discovery and Related Topics, NBI, 2010
- Electronic Discovery in Family Law, ICLEF, Annual Family Law Institute, 2009
- Child Support Guideline Update, Hamilton County Bar Association, 2009
- Depositions and Discovery in Family Law, IBA, 2008
- Use of Private Investigators in Family Law, IAPI, 2007
Areas of Emphasis
Custody and Support Modifications
Indiana University Robert H.
McKinney School of Law -
Indianapolis, Indiana (J.D., 2002)
Indiana University (B.A., 1997)
Bar & Courts Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Awards & Recognition
- Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2009-2013)
- Indiana Super Lawyers® (2014-present)
- Indiana Super Lawyers® Top 50 (2017)
- Indiana Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow, 2012
- Indiana State Bar Association, Board of Governor’s Delegate, 2009-2013
- Collaborative Divorce Training, 2011
- Registered Domestic Relations Mediator, 2010
- Certified Family Law Specialist, by the Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2011
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Section, Executive Committee
- Hamilton County Bar Association
- Boone County Bar Association
- Indiana State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council
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Carmel FC, Soccer Coach 2013-2015