An order of child support may follow a divorce or a determination of paternity. Read below for an overview of Child Support and Custody practices in Indiana. Please contact us with any questions or to setup an appointment.
Indiana has Child Support Guidelines the Court uses to decide how much Support will be ordered. The guidelines use the parents' income, child care expenses, and other factors to determine the child support amount. In most cases, support must be paid through the clerk's office.
Child support services are available to both custodial and non-custodial parents. One Party may be entitled to Spousal Support if certain criteria are met:
Even if the other parent is living in another state, you can apply for services in Indiana. Caretakers or relatives who have custody of a child may also apply for child support services.
There are two kinds of custody: physical and legal.
Custody can be modified if such a modification is in the child's best interest or if there has been a substantial change to the circumstances that determine custody.
Joint vs. Sole Custody. A joint custody award means the parties will share custody to some degree. Sole custody award means that one parent is given all or most rights.
Parenting Time or Visitation is the time that parents without physical custody spend with their children.
In Indiana, a parent who doesn’t have physical custody of a child is still entitled to reasonable parenting time with the child, unless the court holds a hearing and decides that parenting time would endanger the child’s physical health or “significantly impair” his or her emotional development.