Decisions about who your children will live with and how often you will get to see them are among the most wrenching decisions any parent can face. The Fort Wayne child custody lawyers at Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill, P.C., understand the depth of emotions involved in these decisions, as well as the legal issues they entail. Our attorneys will work diligently to help you create a parenting time arrangement that meets your specific goals and is in the best interest of the children.

Tailoring a Plan to Meet Your Individual Needs

Decisions involved in child custody cases include who will receive legal custody and physical custody of the children. Legal custody involves making decisions about the child’s education, medical care and religious upbringing. Physical custody is where the child will live. Either form of custody can be awarded to one parent or to both, jointly, and this is another of the many decisions that must be made.

Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines include a “presumptive minimum” amount of parenting time: the minimum amount of time the state considers reasonable. These guidelines give the noncustodial parent custody of the children every other weekend and for one midweek overnight. However, we are well aware that the Indiana guidelines are not appropriate for every situation. For example, if you travel for business, work nights or have an unconventional schedule, the guidelines will not work for your family. We make it a point to develop a plan that makes sense for you and your children and is tailored to your family’s unique circumstances.

Our Fort Wayne child custody lawyers will first seek to negotiate or mediate a reasonable parenting time arrangement outside of court. If the other side refuses to be reasonable, you can rely on our experience and skill at trial. We will help to ensure the agreed-upon arrangements account for the presumptive minimum and address all the unique facets of your child custody decisions.

Talk to Experienced Fort Wayne Child Custody Lawyers

To arrange a consultation with an experienced Fort Wayne family lawyer, please contact us or call us (260) 420-6000. We represent clients throughout Indiana.