Clarissa Finnell

Clarissa Finnell

Schultz &
Pogue LLP

Indianapolis, IN


  • user-graduate Education Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Experience 24 years of experience year
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Practice Areas

Family Law
Arbitration & Mediation

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Indiana

Spoken Languages

  • English

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Clarissa Finnell is an attorney with Schultz & Pogue. Ms. Finnell practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients with cases including legal separation, divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, parenting time, modification and contempt issues. She also represents clients in stepparent adoption and guardianship matters.She has been practicing for twenty- four(24) years and has extensive litigation experience managing heavy volume caseloads in complex, contested family law matters. In addition to her work as a divorce and custody litigator, Ms. Finnell is a trained collaborative attorney and can assist clients who are seeking to resolve their family law cases without going to court. Ms. Finnell is a graduate of Indiana University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in criminal justice before earning her Juris Doctor from IU's School of Law-Indianapolis in 1997. For eight years, Ms. Finnell worked for the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and was with another Indianapolis area family law firm where she represented clients primarily in divorce, custody and paternity cases involving father's rights. Ms. Finnell is also a Registered Domestic Mediator and served as the 2020 Chair of the ADR section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.A member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Boone County Bar Association, Hamilton County Bar Association, AFCC and Indiana Association of Mediators . In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Finnell was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, an honor for attorneys under 40 that lists her as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Indiana.In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Finnell volunteers her time to various pro bono and legal services including the IBA's Ask a Lawyer and "Legal Line" programs.

Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel
    Schultz & Pogue LLP
    2017 - Current

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association


  • Indiana University
    undergraduate degree | criminal justice


  • Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
Legal Answers
  • Q. In the state of indiana do you have to fill out a financial worksheet for support even if you are doing joint custody?
    A: If you are asking if you will be required to file a child support worksheet in cases where you share joint physical custody then the answer is most likely "yes". It is not necessarily the case that neither party pays support when they share equal time with their children. Indiana utilizes an income share model to determine each parent's support obligation. If parties have fairly equal income and equal time, then the recommended support may be $0 or close to $0. However, if one party has higher income than the other party there may be a support obligation even if you share time. Even if both parents agree that neither will pay support to the other, the court will still want to see what the recommended support obligation is for each parent. If it is recommended that one parent pay the other and the parties still wish for a $0 support order, they will need to demonstrate why a deviation is in the child's best interest. Support is not for the benefit of the parent receiving it but for the benefit of the child. Therefore, a parent cannot simply waive support as it is not their money to waive.
    October 3, 2019