Meet the Family Law Team at CCHA Law

POST DATE: 3.23.23
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Divorce is never an easy matter, but the family law attorneys at CCHA Law aim to help spouses in Indiana strategically navigate through their divorces as amicably as possible.

CCHA Law attorneys are sensitive to the delicate nature of divorce and take the time to listen closely to your concerns. If you are ready to speak to an attorney about a divorce, contact us at our Fishers, Fort Wayne, Merrillville, Noblesville, Tipton, Westfield, or Zionsville offices.

Meet the Team

Leslie Craig Henderzahs

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Leslie joined CCHA Law in 1992. Prior to joining the firm, she served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Patrick Endsley, Magistrate Judge, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Henderzahs is an experienced civil litigator and a certified family law specialist, as certified by the Family Law Certification Board. She serves on the Indiana Supreme Court Innovation Initiative Task Force. She is also the Past-President of the Indiana State Bar Association where she also serves as chair of the Nominating Committee, the Board of Governors, and is former Chair of the Membership and Membership Benefits Committee and the Women in Law Committee; she has served the Budget and Finance Committee, House of Delegates, and volunteers in the Mentor Match program. She has been a Board Member and fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation; and an Ex Officio member of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law Board of Visitors.

In her litigation practice, Leslie focuses on the complexities of preserving and dividing businesses, farms, and other sizable assets of self-employed and high net worth individuals including the intricacies of pension and retirement plans and executive compensation packages involving deferred income such as stock unit awards, restricted stock, and stock options. Additionally, she enjoys helping clients with interstate custody and jurisdiction issues. In 2017, Leslie was a candidate and semi-finalist in the Judicial Nominating Commission’s interviews to select the 110th Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

She has justly received innumerable honors, awards, and recognitions throughout her career, including but not limited to IBJ’s 2019 Women of Influence, HCLA’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award, and many others.

Jennifer Hughes

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Jenni joined CCHA Law in October 2009 and concentrates her practice on family law, specifically focusing on property division, custody, parenting time, and child support. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and Hamilton County Bar Associations. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Jenni graduated from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago with a J.D. in 2005. While at DePaul, Jenni received a Certificate in Family Law, was a member of the Public Interest Law Association, and was selected to receive a PILA grant for completion of legal services as a 711 student-attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Emily Schmale

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Emily joined CCHA Law in March 2021 and concentrates her practice on family law, which paired with a background in business litigation, equips her to meet client needs ranging from custody arrangements to complex disputed asset division. She also practices in the area of criminal defense and has experience assisting clients with a wide variety of criminal matters, including white collar crimes.

Schmale is a member of the Indiana Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before Indiana state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

A native of Hamilton County, Indiana, Schmale graduated from Carmel High School in 2009. She later graduated from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana in 2013 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Justice Studies. Emily graduated from IU McKinney School of Law with a J.D. in 2016. During her time at McKinney, Emily served as Vice President of the Saint Thomas More Society and wrote for the Indiana Law Review.

Who We Are + What We Do

Our team understands that the issues facing your family are unique from the problems facing any other family. There is no single approach that can be used in every divorce that will resolve it effectively every time. That is why we take the time needed to craft a plan to achieve your specific goals, whether they involve your children, business, investments, or property.

When we sit down to discuss your divorce or other family law issues, we take the time to fully understand the problems you face, such as —

  • Child custody and visitation (parenting time)
  • Property to maintain your lifestyle
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Modification and enforcement
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements

How To Manage Divorce During the Holidays

Image of Jenni Hughes and Emily Schmale on Fox 59

Jenni Hughes and Emily Schmale recently sat down with Fox59’s Angela Ganote to discuss how to best manage divorce during the holidays. If you missed it, be sure to tune in here. They discuss points like considering the timing of the divorce, the role of one’s financial situation amidst a divorce, and managing emotions during a divorce in instances where children are involved.

Contact the Family Law Attorneys at CCHA Law

If you are looking for a divorce attorney, contact CCHA Law today to be treated with dignity and respect. We understand the complexities of divorce and are here to resolve your family disputes as favorably as possible.