Help Throughout Difficult Custody 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.
Factors Courts Look At In Indiana Child Custody Cases
Indiana courts use standard child custody guidelines to help resolve issues. While they put the best interests of the child at the forefront, other variables can be taken into account as well. 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
While these are some of the most common factors courts consider, there are many aspects that go into creating a thorough parenting plan that addresses the needs of the child or children involved.
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.
We can work with you and your ex-partner to develop a plan that fits your lifestyle. We always put the interests of the child (or children) first, but will also ensure your best interests are represented as well.
Struggling With Custody Issues? Talk To Us Today
We understand how sensitive these issues can be, and nobody wants to be dragged into a drawn-out custody battle. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a say in when you spend time with your child or children.