Marsha L. Hackenberg
While Hamilton County has been my home for the past 17 years, I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attended Homestead High School. I received my Bachelor of Social Work from Valparaiso University, graduating with honors. During my undergraduate education, I worked at the Valparaiso University Law Clinic with domestic violence victims going through divorce, acting as a liaison between the attorneys and the client.
I also worked at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center assisting with group and individual therapy with the residents. After graduating from Valparaiso University, I married my college sweetheart, Dave, and moved to Indianapolis where I attended Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, where I graduated Cum Laude in December 2001 and served as the Executive Symposium Editor of the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review.
During my final year of law school, I had my first of three sons. Upon graduating and passing the bar, I decided to stay home and raise my boys before returning to the “working” world in 2015. Family dynamics, children’s needs, and competing interests are never easy and are always at play in family law matters. My goal is to assist children, families, parents, and guardians work towards the best possible outcome for their particular situation, whether through mediation, settlement agreements, or, if necessary, in the courtroom. It is my personal philosophy that family law matters rarely belong in the courtroom and that the best people to make decisions for their family are, usually, the family members themselves. Along with my role as a family law attorney, I am also a domestic relations mediator and, more recently, a Guardian Ad Litem with the Hamilton County Guardian Ad Litem Program. Each of these roles provides me with an extensive toolbox with which to assist my clients in reaching the best possible outcome in the least stressful and tumultuous way possible.