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Natalie Snyder is a Certified Family Law Specialist Certified Family Mediator certified by the Family Law Certification Board. She is also a trained collaborative lawyer, a trained parenting coordinator, and has been named a 2020 Super Lawyer in Indianapolis Monthly magazine for family law. She has lectured and written on various family law issues and represented medical, legal, accounting, financial, closely held business owners, family farms, executives and other professionals and spouses. In addition to complex legal divisions of assets and debts, Natalie has specialized in developing unique custody and parenting time plans to meet the needs of her individual clients. Natalie is a former board member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and she is the past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Natalie is an Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow and was a member of the Foundation's Grant Committee in 2012. Natalie is the President of the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals, a Board Member and Past President of the Indiana Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Natalie is also a member of the Collaborative Solutions Collaborative Law Practice Group.

Natalie resides with her husband and daughter in Cicero, Indiana. Natalie has concentrated her practice in legal matters related to relationship transitions including matrimonial and family law, high conflict family resolutions, paternity, collaborative law, international family disputes, premarital and postnuptial agreements, child custody, relocation, parenting time, support, grandparent visitation, and interstate disputes and modifications.

Natalie has specialized in the peacemaking process of alternative dispute resolution through collaborative law, mediation, parenting coordination, and other closed processes for counseling and evaluations, including specializing in high conflict parents, personality disorders, and addictions in families. Natalie understands the lifelong consequences of conflict on children and helps to resolve matters through peacekeeping processes, when possible, and litigation when not possible.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Collaborative Law
  • Child-Related Issues
  • Complex Property Division
  • Divorce
  • Same Sex Relationships

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law Specialist, Family Law Certification Board, 2009
  • Certified Family Mediator , Family Law Certification Board, 2019

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2001

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Communications/Public Relations
    • Minor: Political Science

Published Works

  • When is Custodial Parent's Relocation Grounds for Change in Custody in Indiana and Illinois, Indiana Lawyer, Family Law Section, 2005
  • Custody in Indiana and Illinois, Indiana Lawyer, 2006

Classes/Seminars

  • Encapsulated Delusion? How Do We Identify It , 2020
  • Contact with Children in a Covid World, 2020
  • Clinical and Forensic Practice in a Covid World, 2020
  • Overcoming the Alienation Crisis: A Team Model , 2020
  • From Needs to Resolution: Non-Violent Communication and Negotiation , 2020
  • Betting on the Voice of the Child in Parenting Disputes , 2020
  • Teens in the Digital World What Professionals Need to Know , 2020
  • Resisting Simplicity to Understand Child Resistance- Alienation Meaning in the Field of Family Law , 2020
  • Speaker on Why to Choose Collaborative Law as Your Divorce Process, 2020
  • The Unique Role of the Child Specialist in Collaborative Practice, 2020
  • Are We Listening? What Collaborative Clients Say They Want , 2020
  • Meet the Magistrates and Commissioners, 2020
  • Sociopaths: The Con Artists of Family Law , 2020
  • Concepts, Controversies, and Conundrums of Parent-Child Contact Problems, 2020
  • Parenting Coordinator Role in Selection of Therapist , 2020
  • Interdisciplinary Cooperation in High Conflict Shared Custody, 2020
  • Mental Health Practitioners’ and Judicial Officers’ Perspectives on Helpful and Less Helpful Attorney Approaches and Practices in Parent Conflict Litigation, 2019
  • Collaborative Practice for the Middle Class, 2019
  • Ethics In Depositions, 2019
  • Reunification Therapy, 2019
  • Can You Hear Me? Using the Child’s Voice to Settle Custody Disputes, 2019
  • Sociopaths: The Con Artists of Family Law, 2019
  • Anatomy of a Child’s Views and Preferences, 2019
  • Family Justice Innovation The Future of Family Justice: An International Perspective, 2019
  • Defending Individualized Best Interests in the Shared Parenting Debate, 2019
  • Understanding Infant Mental Health within the Judicial System, 2019
  • Set Another Place at the Table: Child Voice in Family Law Cases, 2019
  • Finding a Post-Divorce Path for Teens, 2018
  • Evidence Based Practice in Family Law: Improving Our Programs to Help Children, 2018
  • Diagnostic Tests for Parental Alienation vs. Estrangement, 2018
  • Evidentiary Issues Regarding Custody Evaluators and Guardian Ad Litems, 2018
  • What’s the Judge Got to Do with It?, 2018
  • Resilience-Informed Family Law: Building Parenting Plans on Systemic Strengths, 2018
  • Interviewing Adolescents: How to Talk So Teens Will Answer, 2018
  • Trauma-Informed in the Trenches, 2018
  • Toward a Trauma-Responsive System of Justice: Untangling Trauma from Drama, 2018
  • Entrenched Post-Separation Parenting Disputes: The Rule of Interparental Hatred, 2018
  • Parenting Coordination Pitfalls and Practical Application, 2018
  • How to Prevent & Respond to International Parental Kidnapping, the Hague Convention and Other Remedies, 2018
  • Integration of Mental Health and Legal Services in Custody and Parenting Time Disputes, 2018
  • Ask a Judge, 2018
  • Checking in on Family Law Apps: Digital Evidence in Custody Disputes, 2018
  • Preventing Contact Failure and Alienation: A Multidisciplinary Program, 2018
  • Guardian Ad Litem, 2017
  • Negotiating and Mediating with High Conflict Personalities, 2017
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, 2017
  • Electronic Discovery, 2017
  • Indiana Family Law Cases, 2017
  • Dealing with Medical and Mental Health Records and Examinations, 2017
  • Ask a Judge, 2017
  • Reunification Therapy for Parent-Child Contact Problems, 2017
  • Advanced Issues and New Approaches in Working with High-Conflict Families, 2017
  • Working with Personality Disorders in Family Law, 2017
  • Special Considerations for Teenagers in Family Law, 2017
  • New Developments in Military Pension Division: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 2017
  • Digital Evidence, 2017
  • Update on Parenting Coordination Guidelines and Practices, 2017
  • Addiction in the Family: What About the Children, 2017
  • The Cost of Conflict and Containment Strategies to Protect Children, 2017
  • Addressing Complex Child Interests in Peacemaking Processes, 2017
  • When are Children Ready to Speak, When are Parents Ready to Hear in Family Law, 2017
  • Sometimes You Just Gotta Go to Court, When to Involve Adjudication, 2017
  • How to Deal with Clinical Issues, Clinical Evidence, and Clinical Experts, 2017
  • How to Balance Stepfamilies and Families of Origin, 2017
  • Research and How to Work with High Conflict Families, Including Rejection, Alienation, Estrangement, and Personality Disorders, 2017
  • Resolving Conflict through Online Dispute Resolution, 2017
  • How to Value Intellectual Property in Divorce Cases, 2017
  • How to Value and Use Trusts in Your Divorce, 2016
  • Challenges When Dividing Low Asset Marital Estates in Collaborative , 2015 to 2015
  • When The Going Gets Tough: Resources and Advice for High Conflict Family Cases, 2015 to 2015
  • Children and Sexual Behavior: What is Normal and When Should We Be Concerned , 2015 to 2015
  • Handling Real Estate Issues, 2011 to 2011
  • Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, 2011 to 2011
  • Trial Practice in Family Law, 2011 to 2011
  • Divorce and Custody Issues: Law Updates, Assessment, and Treatment, 2011 to 2011
  • Estate Planning and Family Law, 2011 to 2011
  • Relocation of Children, 2011 to 2011
  • Indiana Adoption, 2011 to 2011
  • Transitions: Single to Married, Married to Single, and Generation to Generation, 2010 to 2010
  • Legal Ethics, 2009 to 2011
  • New Child Support Guidelines, 2010
  • Property Division Issues in Dissolution of Cohabitant Partnerships, 2009 to 2009
  • What Factors Most Influence Custody Determinations, 2009 to 2009
  • Issues in Relocation, 2010 to 2010
  • Alternatives to Custody Litigation, 2006 to 2007
  • Stock Options, 2007 to 2007
  • Update on Electronic Discovery, 2007 to 2007
  • Protective Orders, 2006 to Present
  • Hope: The Essence of The Collaborative Process
  • Developing Functional Collaborative Teams
  • New Developments in Military Pension Division: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing and Child Custody Cases and Parenting Agreements

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Family Law)
  • Graduate of Leadership Training, Integrating Women Leaders
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Graduate
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series Graduate
  • Indiana Trial Advocacy Graduate
  • Named in Who's Who in the Law
  • Selected Top 40 Under 40 - The National Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Past Board Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Indiana Chapter Past President and Board Member, 2009-present
  • Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals , Board of Directors, President and Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section, 2001 to Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Past Member Delegate, 2002 to 2004
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Past Chair and Member, Family Law Section, 2004 to Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation , Distinguished Fellow, 2011 to Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Bar leader Series III
  • Sagamore Inns of Court, Past Member
  • Henry County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2001 to 2003
  • Wesley W. Ratliff, Jr. & Alva A. Cox American Inns of Court, Member, 2001 to 2003
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Indianapolis Chapter, 2008 to 2011
  • Bingham McHale Women's Forum, 2008 to 2011
  • Impact 100, Member, Family Committee, 2010 to 2010
  • Business Networking Institute, Member, Past Officer, 2009 to Present
  • Heartland Pro Bono Volunteer, Protective Order Project Chair, 2004 to 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Bingham & McHale, 2007 to 2011
  • The Nice Law Firm, 2006 to 2007
  • Kiefer & McGoff, 2003 to 2006
  • Hayes, Copenhaver & Crider, 2001 to 2003

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Gamma