Yes. No. Maybe. In Indiana, child custody is always modifiable, if modification is in the child’s best interests and there is a substantial change in one (1) or more factors1 the court can consider under the initial custody determination statute, namely (1) the age and sex of the child; (2) the wishes of the child’s parent or parents; (3) the wishes of the child, with more consideration given to the child’s wishes if the child is at least fourteen (14) years of age; (4) the interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child’s parent or parents, the child’s siblings, and ...
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June 5, 2020CD
With Governor Holcomb’s “Directive to Stay at Home” order taking effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to slow the COVID-19 epidemic, parents with children born out of wedlock and from divorce face uncharted waters. This is because some states with stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders have prevented custody and parenting time exchanges. There is simply mass confusion. This blog covers a reasonable application of how parents in Indiana should conduct themselves in exchanging the children during the period (until April 6, 2020) of the stay-at-home Directive. The most important aspect of this Directive is that custody and parenting time ...
March 24, 2020CD
As we all know, “life happens” and circumstances change. That custody order you once had may seem to become impractical as time goes on. Maybe you moved to be closer to your child and now you want more time. Or maybe you were once on hard times but now feel you are able to offer your child more than when the custody order was put in place. Whatever the reason may be, Indiana has established a specific statutory code to deal with the modification of custody. This blog provides a brief overview of the modification of a custody order and ...
November 7, 2019CD
In most post-divorce cases, there comes a time when a non-custodial parent believes it is “time” to go back to court and move to modify custody. One major mistake parents make is equating the betterment of their life with a substantial change for their children to modify child physical custody. Custody modifications are not uncommon, and presupposing you are not making this mistake, what you need to establish to likely prevail in your modification case is based on three components that are explored in this blog post. Is this your case? The basis. While the advanced age of the children (i.e. ...
September 23, 2019CD
In today’s world of cheap flights and parents working globally, it is not uncommon for divorced parents or those with children born out of wedlock to want to take their child to the Caribbean for a vacation or meet up abroad at the end of a work trip. This means the child will need a passport. Under the State Department Guidance, the best way to do so is with both parents authorizing the passport application. However, one parent may apply and obtain a passport for their child if they provide a court order showing they have sole legal custody, such ...
June 27, 2019CD
In each state, in Indiana and across the nation, there has been an acute focus over the last several years on Father’s rights to custody of their children. Law is slow to change and remnants of the “tender years presumption” continued pushing father’s rights groups harder. The tender years presumption is a older legal policy that children of a young or tender year should be in the care and custody of their mother in a divorce. There are five key aspects of father’s rights, namely a father obtaining custody of his children in a divorce or paternity case, set into the ...
October 1, 2015Adam Hayes