Upon the establishment of paternity or as the result of a divorce, the court will address the issues of custody and parenting time. There are two categories of custody which must be addressed: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody may be shared by the parents or awarded to one parent. Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions concerning the upbringing of your child or children. Where the parents are in agreement, this may not be a major point of contention. However, parents often do have differing views on issues such as religion, discipline, and schooling.
Physical custody refers to which parent the child or children live with. The court often awards primary physical custody to one parent and grants parenting time rights to the other parent. Parenting time is commonly referred to as visitation.
The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines provide a framework for parenting time with a child. The Parenting Time Guidelines suggest that the schedule provided is the minimum amount of time the parent and child should spend together. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines are regularly revised to address certain issues which lead to disputes between parents.
A parent seeking to establish or modify custody may petition the court to do so. The court will examine the totality of the circumstances to determine the best interests of the child. The Indiana Code does not specify an exhaustive list of factors the court must consider when determining the best interests of the child.
Attorney Roberts represents both mothers and fathers in custody disputes. Whether you seek a modification of a current child custody order or wish to enforce your parenting time rights, Attorney Roberts can protect your rights and guide you through the process. YOU DO HAVE RIGHTS and you don't have to do it alone. Your next call can make all the difference in protecting your rights and preserving your freedoms. Put your mind at ease by contacting Northwest Indiana Child Custody Lawyer Joseph M. Roberts now to schedule your informative, no obligation case evaluation.
Your next call can make all the difference in protecting your rights and preserving your freedoms. Put your mind at ease by contacting Northwest Indiana Child Custody Lawyer Joseph M. Roberts now to schedule your informative, no obligation case evaluation.
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