Mario J. Zappia, Attorney at Law
Attorney Mario J. Zappia has been a lifelong resident of Indiana and has been practicing law in the South Bend, Indiana area for over 30 years. Mario’s work in family law in Michiana has earned Mario wide name recognition and respect, from clients and colleagues alike. Mario has been voted Best Divorce Attorney in 2020, 2021, and 2022 in the South Bend Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards.
Jessica Ribaudo, Paralegal
Jessica has been with the Mario J. Zappia Law Office since 2016. Primarily working as legal support staff, she also helps keep the office running smoothly, by everything from managing the firm calendar to maintaining our website and social media presence.
- Child support
- Parenting Time
- Property division
- Temporary Spousal Maintenance
- Rehabilitative Maintenance
- Adult – When an adult becomes incompetent and their treating physician has indicated they are not able to take care of themselves physically and/or financially a guardian needs to be appointed.
- Minor – A minor needs a guardianship when both parents have died or neither natural parent is capable of taking care of their child(ren). Unlike adoption, which grants permanent rights, a guardianship will terminate when the child turns 18 years old. When a guardianship is needed for your family, I can guide you through the process.
Whether you are an autistic adult and need legal guidance or you are the parent of an autistic child, there is no dispute that autism has increasingly become a factor in many families.
Having a child with special needs can make the sometimes already difficult process of divorce even more complex. Differing opinions on education, therapy, parenting time, and medical treatments can put parents at odds. Mario will work with you to help design specific parenting plans that will legally spell out all the details, so you can co-parent amicably.
Legally, once a person reaches the age of 18, they are exclusively responsible for their healthcare and financial decisions and responsibilities. When autism is a factor, at times, it can be necessary for parents to need continued access to their child’s medical, financial, and educational affairs. A Guardianship can help. A Guardianship legalizes the parent or caretaker as a person with whom all contracts and medical decisions are made. The Guardian is then afforded the ability to work as a point of contact for medical, financial, and educational needs.
Power of Attorney-
Some autistic adults may be quite capable of living an independent life in most aspects. Those individuals may choose to consent to a Power of Attorney as a way to integrate their parent into their decision making process with respect to finances and healthcare, while still maintaining a high level of independence.
During the course of an attorney/client relationship, there may be certain terminology within correspondence or documents that you don’t recognize. The glossary below contains some of the most common terms you may encounter during the course of your legal proceedings. If you receive documents from our office and still have questions about legal terms within, please contact our office.
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