Indiana family law courts are committed to providing parenting arrangements and decrees that serve the best interests of the child. In most cases, this means providing both parents adequate and quality time with the children to allow them to have a healthy relationship with both mother and father. This time is structured into parenting plans, handed down by the court with the divorce decree or agreements reached by the parents.
At Cross Glazier Reed Burroughs, PC, our attorneys provide representation to parents as these plans are negotiated and finalized, helping to 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:
- Routine: The courts generally provide a clear pattern and calendar, providing structure and predictability. No matter what percentage of the time each parent is granted, it is formatted for clarity and predictability.
- Parental authority: The parents are expected to work together to make decisions regarding parenting time, not leaving the decision up to the child.
- Summer time and vacation: Any arrangements for summers or vacations that stray from the parenting order must be submitted in writing for the court’s approval to be binding. Winter break is generally split equally.
- Parent coordinators may be appointed in certain high-conflict situations. The parent coordinator may be a lawyer or mental health professional. The 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.
- Under certain circumstances, grandparents may be awarded visitation with children of divorced parents. These rights are defined by statute and are fairly narrow in scope.
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.