Indiana law recognizes the importance of a child maintaining a relationship with both parents and has rules in place to help retain this bond after the parents’ relationship is severed with each other. Visitation and child support cases focus on what is in the best interest of the child. Jeremy Peelle and the staff at the Peelle Law Office in Kokomo, Indiana are dedicated to helping you resolve any visitation or child support matter you are confronting by offering compassionate guidance and effective legal advocacy.
A Basic Explanation of Child Support Rules in Indiana
Indiana family courts use a child support worksheet and child support guidelines to calculate the amount of child support that should be ordered in a case. These guidelines attempt to keep the child in the same financial situation he or she would have been in had the parents’ relationship remained intact. The court considers the gross incomes of both parents and the number of children to determine the basic child support amount. Other factors are considered, such as:
Understanding Visitation and Parenting Time in Indiana
Because Indiana lawmakers believe that it is usually in the child’s best interests to have frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with both parents, they have established the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. These guidelines provide a model for families on how to divide parenting time, how to conduct themselves during time with the child and the other parent and how to be effective co-parents. In most cases if child custody is awarded to one parent, the court will provide visitation rights to the other parent to ensure contact remains intact.
To see how the guidelines might apply to you, contact the Peelle Law Office for a confidential consultation at (765) 450-6851.