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When minor children are involved in Indiana divorce proceedings, custody issues will be a central issue in the process. Even when the parents are not married, either one may ask a court to make a determination on custody. Regardless of the circumstances, state law is clear that the child’s best interests are the guiding factor. Applying this legal standard can be complicated, especially considering the emotional stakes that exist for feuding parents.
At the Bellinger Law Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, our attorneys know that your children mean the world to you and your primary objective in a child custody matter is to maintain a strong, healthy relationship with them. Whether your case involves divorce proceedings, unmarried parents, agreements, mediation, or litigation, our child custody lawyers are here to serve your needs.
Indiana statutes on child custody and visitation encourage parents to agree on decision making, parenting time, and living arrangements for the child. These laws require mediation for any family law matter involving children, a process that can be very effective in helping parents reach a compromise on such issues. However, in the absence of agreement, a court will make a determination on the matter by referring to the child’s best interests standard. There are eight factors involved in child custody decisions, including:
Courts use the child’s best interests factors in when determining the type of child custody that would be appropriate, such as:
If you have questions about child custody in Indiana and want to discuss your situation with an attorney, please contact the Bellinger Law Office at 260-428-2214. You can also visit us online to schedule a consultation regarding your circumstances. We assist clients in all types of family law matters and we are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals in a Fort Wayne, IN child custody case.
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