Call Now

Call Now

Call Now

Blog

Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines: Proposed Changes Moving Forward

Previously, we examined some of the proposed changes to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines1. A new step has been made toward this transition to new rules. The Family Law Committee has reviewed the comments about the proposed new rules, and the Indiana Supreme Court will now review and approve or deny same.

There are several substantial changes in the proposed new guidelines. One addition is stronger language regarding the use of technology to foster the relationship between parents and children. The proposed new guidelines encourage the use of video chat and Skype as an alternative to communication by phone or mail2.

This emphasis on electronic communication may make parent/child communication easier, more effective, or even more meaningful, by both parent and child being able to see each other. Many of these video chat services are free, and some may even be pre-loaded on your smartphone, making communication even easier.

Another proposed change involves what was formerly referred to as the right of first refusal. It is now entitled “Opportunity for Additional Parenting Time”, and the wording has changed to note that the opportunity for additional parenting time shall be offered if it is practical for the other parent to have additional time, considering the time available and the distance between the parties3.

Further, the proposed guidelines note that this opportunity need not be offered unless the parent or a responsible household member is unable to care for the child. This adds the language “responsible household” from previously when the language just noted that a family member could care for the child. This language helps to define who may care for the child (ex. Stepfather).

A third change proposed in the new guidelines is to summer parenting time. The proposed rules more clearly define the vacation period start and end. Also, the proposed rules include parenting time for the other parent when one parent has the child for more than two (2) consecutive weeks4.

These are just three (3) of the many proposed changes submitted to the Indiana Supreme Court for review. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the new rules, and explore the proposed changes. We hope that this blog post has been helpful in highlighting some possible substantial upcoming changes.

These are likely to become final and the law in the near future. The better educated you are about the law and proposed changes, the more likely it is you can meet your children’s best interests and help your attorney help you. This post was written by attorney, Jessica Keyes.


  1. The proposed changes can be found at the following address: https://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/rules-prop-ptg-2012.pdf.
  2. Proposed Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, Sec. IA 5, 7.
  3. Proposed Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, Sec. IC 3..
  4. Proposed Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, Sec. IIE.
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

We Listen & Care

Proven & experienced attorneys successfully advocating & resolving complex cases for over 25 years

Quick Contact

Need to talk now? Fill out the quick form below and we will contact you directly.
Blog Categories

Get In Touch

We're available to answer your questions 24/7.

Related Videos

Contact Us

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., is a law firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We serve clients in six core practice areas: family lawappellate practicefirearms lawgeneral practicepersonal injury and criminal law.

Call Now

Copyright © 2021 Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., Attorneys at Law. All rights reserved. This Site does not provide legal advice; please review the disclaimer for other limitations. Privacy Policy

Based in Indianapolis and founded in 1995, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. is a niche law firm focused on successfully dealing with the complexities of divorce, high-conflict child custody and family law. Known for their ability to solve extremely complex situations with high quality work and responsiveness, Ciyou & Dixon will guide you every step of the way. The family law attorneys at Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. will help you precisely identify your objectives and the means to reach your desired result. In addition, this practice focus is augmented by the firm's other three core areas, namely appellate advocacy, civil practice, and firearms law. Life is uncertain. Be certain of your counselSM.

Indianapolis Divorce Attorneys, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. of Indianapolis, Indiana, offers legal services for Indianapolis, Zionsville, Noblesville, Carmel, Avon, Anderson, Danville, Greenwood, Brownsburg, Geist, Fortville, McCordsville, Muncie, Greenfield, Westfield, Fort Wayne, Fishers, Bloomington, Lafayette, Marion County, Hamilton County, Hendricks County, Allen County, Delaware County, Morgan County, Hendricks County, Boone County, Vigo County, Johnson County, Hancock County, and Tippecanoe County, Indiana.