Carmel Parenting Time Attorney

Implementing & Enforcing Effective Visitation Schedules

A non-custodial parent is entitled to “reasonable parenting time rights,” formerly referred to as “visitation.” However, this parenting time entitlement may be restricted if the court finds that the non-custodial parent’s parenting time could endanger the child’s physical health or significantly impair the child’s emotional development. The court may modify a parenting time order whenever modification would serve the best interests of the child.

If you need help establishing a parenting time schedule or protecting your right to parenting time, you can turn to Hains Law, LLC. Our parenting time lawyer in Carmel represents parents throughout the region, fighting to protect their rights and ensuring that their voices are heard.

Discuss your case with us today by calling (317) 588-2883.

Enforcing Parenting Time Arrangements

If a custodial parent is continually interfering with parenting time, the court may order the custodial parent to post a security bond or other guarantee to enforce the order. In certain situations, if a custodial parent violates a parenting order, the court may find the custodial parent in contempt, award makeup time, implement a jail sentence, and award reasonable attorney fees and court costs.

If the non-custodial parent has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence that the child witnessed, there is a rebuttal presumption that the court shall order supervised parenting time. In this situation, the court must order the non-custodial parent’s parenting time to be supervised for no less than one year and no more than two years following the crime or until the child becomes emancipated, whichever comes first.

Parenting Time Guidelines in Indiana

On August 26, 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court released the latest version of the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines apply to all child custody situations and represent the minimum time a non-custodial parent should spend with a child when the parents are unable to reach their own agreement. Parents are encouraged to create their own parenting schedule with reduced or additional parenting time, which is in the best interest of the child.

The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines have general rules to help parents address:

  • Communicating parenting time issues or concerns
  • Implementing parenting time
  • Changes in scheduled parenting time
  • How to exchange information and resolve problems
  • Relocation

In addition, the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines set forth specific parenting time provisions for overnight parenting time, infants and toddlers, children three years of age and older, adolescents and teenagers, and holiday parenting time. As children get older, the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines provide the non-custodial parent with increased parenting time.

For example, an eight-year-old would spend alternating weekends from Friday at 6:00 P.M. until Sunday at 6:00 P.M., every Wednesday for four hours (possibly an overnight), all scheduled holidays, and half of summer vacation. By April 1, the non-custodial parent is required to notify the custodial parent of their summer vacation selection. If a selection is not made, the custodial parent shall make the selection and notify the non-custodial parent.

The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines also discuss parenting time when distance is a factor. For example, an 8-year-old who attends a school with a traditional school calendar would spend seven weeks of school summer vacation, seven days of winter vacation, and the entire spring break – including both weekends – with the non-custodial parent. By April 1, the non-custodial parent is required to provide their selection for summer vacation.

Parallel Parenting

Parallel parenting is highlighted in the last section of the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. This is a deviation from the aforementioned sections and is exercised when parents have exhibited a pattern of high conflict that jeopardizes the child’s well-being. Parallel parenting reduces the parents’ interaction until their hostility is reduced and they can work together for the best interest of the child.

Parents are encouraged to create their own parenting time schedules that address their circumstances and their child’s needs. However, if an agreement is not reached, the court will create a schedule that is perceived to be in the best interest of the child.

Contact Hains Law, LLC Today

Custody matters can be complicated and emotionally draining. If you are facing divorce and are in need of a lawyer with experience navigating parenting time disputes, turn to Hains Law, LLC. With over a decade of experience, our Carmel parenting time attorney can help you resolve your case effectively while protecting your child’s best interests.

Get in touch with us today by calling (317) 588-2883 or contacting us online.

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