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Child Custody Lawyers in Fishers

Create a Parenting Time Plan that Works for You & Your Children

Indiana recognizes two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody.

  • Physical custody is where the child will reside the majority of the time. It can be granted to one parent solely or to both parents jointly.
  • Legal custody is who will make the major decisions for the child, primarily regarding education, religion and health-related matters. Like physical custody, the court can award legal custody to one parent solely or both parents jointly.

At Massillamany, Jeter & Carson LLP, we can help you protect and preserve your parent-child relationship in the wake of a divorce. Contact us online to learn more, or call us at (317) 434-1490.

How Indiana Determines Child Custody

In Indiana, the courts use the “best-interest-of-the-child” standard when making custody decisions. Courts are to consider eight (8) factors when determining what is in the child’s best interest. These eight factors are as follows:

  1. age and sex of the child;
  2. wishes of the child’s parent(s) and the child, with more consideration given if the child is over 14 years of age;
  3. the interactions and interrelationships of the child with the parent(s), siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interest;
  4. the child’s adjustment to the home, school and community;
  5. the mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
  6. evidence of any history or pattern of domestic violence by either parents; and
  7. whether the child has been primarily cared for by a third-party.

Parenting Time

In Indiana, we call visitation with a child “parenting time.” Indiana’s legislature has guidelines that are often adopted, in whole or in part, in many family law matters. Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines can be found at: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/rules/parenting/. After the court determines custody of the child, it will establish parenting time for the non-custodial parent. Courts prefer that the parties agree upon a parenting time schedule between themselves, but if that is not possible, the courts can order the non-custodial parent to exercise parenting time pursuant to the guidelines.

In high-conflict situations, parties may request, and the court may appoint, a private Custody Evaluator to assist in determining custody and parenting time that is in the child’s best interest. A private Custody Evaluator is generally a psychologist or licensed mental health professional who will conduct mental health testing and interviews and provide recommendations based on his or her findings to the court in the form of a report. There are other professionals that may be engaged throughout your custody and/or parenting time matter, including Guardian ad Litems and Parenting Coordinators.

Contact Massillamany, Jeter & Carson LLP for Representation

At Massillamany, Jeter & Carson LLP, our Fishers child custody attorneys are highly experienced in parenting time matters, as welas all other custody-related situations. Custody and parenting time conflicts can be extremely stressful events in a person’s life. It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible for you and to help conclude your matter efficiently.

Get started today by calling our team of child custody lawyers in Fishers at: (317) 434-1490.

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