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Navigating Child Custody in Indiana: Why Hiring a Family Law Attorney is Essential for Protecting the Best Interests of Your Child

by | Jan 20, 2023 | Family Law

Child custody is one of the most important and sensitive issues that must be resolved during a divorce in Indiana. The state’s courts use the principle of “the best interests of the child” when determining child custody arrangements. This means that the court will consider a number of factors to determine what is in the child’s best interests, including the child’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs, as well as the child’s relationship with each parent.

When determining child custody, the court will consider several factors, including:

  • The child’s age, gender, and physical and emotional needs
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The child’s school, community, and extracurricular activities
  • The child’s overall well-being
  • The parents’ ability to provide a stable home environment
  • The parents’ willingness to encourage and support the child’s relationship with the other parent

The court may also consider other factors such as the child’s wishes, if the child is old enough to express a preference, and the child’s safety.

In Indiana, child custody can be awarded in two ways: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as education, religion, and medical care. Physical custody refers to where the child will physically reside.

Joint custody is a common arrangement in Indiana, where both parents share legal and physical custody of the child. This means that the parents will make important decisions about the child’s upbringing together and the child will spend time living with both parents.

Sole custody is another option, where one parent is awarded both legal and physical custody of the child. This means that the child will live with one parent and that parent will have the sole authority to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing.

It’s important to note that the court’s primary concern is always the best interests of the child. The court will consider the child’s needs and the parents’ abilities to provide for those needs when making a custody decision.

It is important to note that child custody matters can be complex and time-consuming, and it is recommended that you seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney at Frangos Legal LLC.  You can schedule a consultation by emailing us at [email protected], by telephone at 317-643-1345, or by booking online.