Make The Most Of Your Parenting Time
Indiana family law courts are committed to providing parenting arrangements and decrees that serve the best interests of the child. New state regulations now emphasize providing both parents adequate and quality time with the children to allow them to have healthy relationships with both mother and father. This time is structured into parenting plans that are either handed down by the court with the divorce decree or in an agreement reached by the parents.
At Cross Glazier Reed Burroughs, PC, our attorneys provide representation to parents as these plans are negotiated and finalized, helping protect our client’s parental rights as well as the best interests of the children. Because of our decades of experience in family law, we are able to craft creative solutions to potential disputes or difficult scenarios such as irregular work schedules and work-related travel.
Visitation And Child Custody Solutions
Recent updates to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines have attempted to provide uniformity and predictability. Parenting time orders generally adhere to the following standards:
- Establishing visitation schedules: The courts generally provide a clear pattern and calendar, providing structure and predictability. No matter what percentage of the time each parent is granted, the schedule is formatted for clarity and predictability.
- Shared parenting: The parents are expected to work together to make parenting decisions, creating a more cohesive family unit for the child, even though it exists across two households. The court also expects each parent to support and encourage the child’s relationship with the other parent.
- Summertime, holidays and vacation: Holidays are clearly defined in the guidelines, including the time for exchanges on those days. Summer and winter breaks are generally split equally.
- Courts may appoint a parent coordinator: In certain high-conflict situations, a parent coordinator will intervene and facilitate discussion between the parents to resolve disputes and minimize emotional strain as they attempt to work as co-parents together.
- Updated technology: The guidelines recognize the use of modern technology, such as texting and video calling to stay in touch with parents.
- Handling public health emergencies: The court now provides guidelines for how to handle a public health emergency, applying the lessons learned over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our attorneys will guide you through this process and provide honest and straightforward answers at every step along the way. Modifications can be sought later in the process through a post-divorce decree. We are also available to facilitate this step.
Discuss Your Parenting Time Matter With Us
Whether you are developing a parenting time plan for the first time or need assistance modifying an existing order, we can help. To learn more, call our office located in Carmel at 317-669-9134 or toll-free at 800-461-7459 . You may also reach out to us using our online contact form.