As family law matters progress, one of the first issues to be determined by the parties is parenting time/custody. In some instances, the parties can agree to or are ordered to have joint physical custody. Other times, one parent is granted sole physical custody pursuant to the other parent’s parenting time. Parenting time is often granted, at a minimum, pursuant to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (IPTGs)1. Generally, for older children, this includes midweek parenting time for a few hours and every other weekend for the parent exercising parenting time. The IPTGs are considered a minimum of parenting time, and if ...
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October 1, 2013CD
In domestic matters, joint physical and legal custody can be appropriate, and in these instances, parents equally divide parenting time and jointly make decisions involving the broad topics of religion, medical care, and education of the Children1. This blog will focus on the issue of physical custody. The minimum guideline for parenting time division is by the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (IPTGs)2. This is not a required parenting time schedule, but rather, a starting off point. Generally, for older children, the IPTGs call for midweek parenting time (that may be an overnight) and parenting time every other weekend for the “non-custodial” ...
August 6, 2013CD
The newly revised Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (herein, “IPTGs”) address several issues relating to parenting time in Indiana, and provide clarification for a number of scenarios to help parents best utilize their parenting time schedules. The IPTGs are just that, a guide, and the parties can agree or be ordered to implement a different schedule or parenting time arrangement as necessary. However, in many cases, when an agreement cannot be reached, the IPTGs provide clarification. The IPTGs provide guidance for topics including holidays, school breaks, children of different ages, activities, and many, many more. One topic and question that comes up fairly ...
May 14, 2013CD
A Chance Encounter with a Divorced Parent Putting the Child First! An observation of family law attorneys and the trial court judges--who have to make difficult to impossible decisions between litigants over children and too are caught in the proverbial middle–is the extraordinary conflict that arises over holiday parenting time, particularly Christmas. Most all parents of Christian faith have special events and traditions at Christmas that they want (or demand) be followed during the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately, many of the Christmas events overlap and the timing simply cannot be worked out. So for the month of December, attorneys and Indiana’s dedicated trial ...
December 27, 2012CD
Domestic matters are often fraught with complexities, one such major issue being parents’ inability or unwillingness to get along with the other parent. Often, domestic law cases involve extreme emotional issues that can cause communication problems. Compound this with both parents wanting as much time as possible with the child(ren), and it can create a situation where the parents are not often on the best of terms with one another. However, domestic law is truly about the best interests of the child(ren), and the statutes (laws) of Indiana reflect this ultimate goal. When a divorce or paternity case is filed, child ...
November 8, 2012CD
Change is a Constant The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (“IPTGs” or “Guidelines”) offer a baseline for parents in this midst of a divorce or paternity action a guide for parenting time (previously called visitation). The IPTGs continue application after the initial action and custody order. Parenting time issues, disputes, and misunderstanding are common problems Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates encounter. With revised IPTGs on the table, we provide this blog to help readers to perhaps anticipate the future and eliminate misunderstandings and some disputes. Because the IPTGs impact parent-child time, they examine holidays, children’s basic needs, parenting conflicts, and more to get to ...
April 26, 2012CD
At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. we find litigants are often confused about the term, “custody”, what it means and the legal right associated with it. A good analogy is to think of a term known to almost all of us, such as a “tire”. We all know what it means? If you run across a dealer in earth moving equipment and advise him or her you need to purchase four tires, we suspect, at least initially, two parties might as well be talking in different languages. Your tire for your SUV is probably about fifty pounds. To the earthmover, a tire ...
October 6, 2011CD
What Do the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines Mean For A Non-Custodial Parent? The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines and commentary set forth when a non-custodial parent should have the kids. They were adopted by the Indiana Supreme Court and are presumed to apply to all custody orders issued by all of Indiana’s trial courts. The Guidelines are focused on a child’s physical and emotional needs from infancy through adulthood. For infants and toddlers, the Guidelines provide less-lengthy, but more-frequent, time to the non-custodial parent. Ultimately, during school years, the Guidelines anticipate parenting time one evening (night) during the week and ...
April 5, 2011CD