Indiana residents are often called Hoosiers, though no one is quite
sure where this name came from. Indiana was named for being Indian
territory in the 1760s and is known as the Indian Land. The state is
now broken into ninety-two different counties. Each county has its own
circuit court with its own judges.
The counties themselves are governed through a county commissioners
board. As each state is required to follow all federal laws, Indiana
has also created state laws where the federal government has yet to set
requirements. Many of these laws include labor laws, divorce laws,
driving under the influence laws, felony charges, bankruptcy laws, gun
laws, and many others.
Where an individual resides dictates where he or she may legally file
for divorce. Indiana law states that individuals are to file in their
county of residency or the residency of their spouses. State law
requires at least one individual be a resident of Indiana. Those who
are stationed in Indiana for military reasons are considered state
residents after six months.
The county in which an individual files is important as the circuit
courts of each county handle the divorce cases and have the proper
jurisdiction. If a divorce petition is filed to the incorrect county
circuit court, the petition will be thrown out.
Each state, Indiana included, was required to change their requirements
for filing for bankruptcy when the United States changed its process
for bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy in the past was normally a quick
and easy process that could be finished through do-it-yourself
programs. The forms required for bankruptcy have now tripled and often
require professional assistance.
The federal government installed these new requires to eliminate those
who abuse the bankruptcy system. Indiana currently has two kinds of
bankruptcy for personal use: Chapter Seven bankruptcy and Chapter
Thirteen bankruptcy. Each of these chapters is designed to help
individuals with different financial circumstances and was created for
The state of Indiana requires individuals to obtain concealed weapons
permits prior to carrying any kind of handgun in a motor vehicle or on
the body. However concealed weapons permits are not necessary when
carrying handguns on personal property, in the home, or at a business
On-duty military personnel and law enforcement officers are not
required to have a permit to legally carry handguns at any time.
Concealed weapons permits can be acquired through application to a
chief officer in local law enforcement or the county sheriff. He or she
will run a background check on the individual and will require
When the federal minimum wage was raised to seven dollars and
twenty-five cents, Indiana was required to increase its minimum wage to
this minimum. Under this law no Indiana employer is legally able to pay
an employee less than this minimum. However employees who are tipped
regularly during their shifts may legally be paid less per hour.
This is only legal because the tips obtained will even out the decrease
in hourly wages. This minimum can be as little as three dollars an hour.