Knowledgeable Assistance Throughout Complex Disputes

It is not uncommon for couples ending their marriage to become embroiled in intense disputes over child custody and visitation. The court will invariably frame its decisions around what is in the best interest of the child. However, these best interests can almost always be disputed. In these challenging times, it is wise to seek the counsel of an attorney who understands family law.

Attorney David L. Zerbe has extensive experience guiding clients through the dissolution process. We understand the sensitive nature of child custody disputes. It is our goal to resolve these matters as much as possible through the process of mediation. If it becomes necessary, our trial experience will greatly benefit our clients if child custody must be argued in court.

Common Considerations In Indiana Child Custody Cases

Indiana courts use standard child custody guidelines to help resolve issues. There are several factors that must be considered, including:

  • The child's wishes
  • The child's age
  • The child's stability (home, school and local community)
  • The child's interaction with parents and siblings
  • The mental and physical health of both the child and the parents

These factors and many others are used to determine what is in the best interest of the children.

Developing A Parenting Plan To Meet Children's Needs

What used to be referred to as visitation is now considered parenting time. Rather than simply determining a schedule for physical custody, parenting plans are specifically tailored to the needs of both parents and the children. A certain degree of flexibility is built into the parenting plan, but parents are required to stay within the boundaries of the plan to avoid penalties.

Speak With A Lawyer

If you have further questions regarding child custody and visitation, contact our firm to learn more about our services or schedule a meeting. Call us at 812-270-9999 or contact us online.