Child Custody Attorney
In the past, courts typically granted mothers primary physical custody of children after a divorce in Indiana. However, today there are many different types of child custody arrangements, including plans in which fathers and even grandparents have primary custody. At the López Law Office in Indianapolis, I will take the time to learn about your family and craft a parenting plan that works for you.
Child Custody Indiana
Indiana no longer defines the time the child is with the nonphysical custodial parent as visitation. It's called parenting time. The reasoning is the parent is not visiting but parenting the child.
- Legal custody. The presumption in Indiana, in a divorce, is that both parents will have legal custody of children. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions about how your child is raised, including medical decisions, religious decisions and education decisions.
- Physical custody. Physical custody is where your child lives. In most cases, one parent will have primary physical custody while the other parent will have parenting time according to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines.
- Modification to child custody. Child custody and parenting time can be changed after divorce if there are substantial changes in the child's situation, such as issues at school, issues at home or relocation. Indiana courts will consider the best interests of your child in deciding whether there should be a change in custody or parenting time.
- Enforcement of divorce orders. If your ex-spouse is not abiding by a child custody and parenting agreement, you can go to court to enforce the order. If contempt is found, the judge can force your ex-spouse to pay your lawyer's fees.
Attorney Vanessa López Aguilera
Consultation With an Indiana Parenting Time and Visitation Lawyer
If you have child custody concerns, make sure you have an experienced lawyer in your corner. Attorney Vanessa López Aguilera is highly skilled at handling custody disputes and will take every measure to protect your children's best interests. Contact her online or call 317-542-3142 for a free 30-minute consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Hablamos español.