Your Child Custody Questions Answered
At Wheeler Law Firm, LLC, in Indianapolis, parents routinely come to me with vexing questions about child custody and their parental rights. On this page, you will find some of the most commonly asked questions about child custody in Indiana. If you need specific answers about your custody situation, I am here to offer answers and advice based on extensive legal experience.
What Are Physical And Legal Custody?
Under Indiana law, child custody falls into two basic forms, physical and legal. Physical custody refers to the actual physical residence of a child, where they live. Legal custody refers to parental decision-making authority over important aspects of a child’s life, including education, health care and religion.
Can My Child Decide Which Parent To Live With?
Courts have the final decision-making authority over custody as long as the child is under the age of 18. The child’s wishes will, however, be taken into consideration if the child is at least 14 years old.
Can Custody Orders Be Changed?
Custody orders can be modified if compelling circumstances render existing orders inadequate. A custody modification can be obtained by mutual agreement or by court order. Whether you are seeking a modification or trying to stop one you feel will adversely affect you and your child, it is important to obtain experienced legal guidance.
Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?
Grandparents do have visitation rights, although the parents’ rights are stronger. If the child’s parent/s are not allowing you to spend time with your grandchild, you may petition a court for a visitation order. Courts consider these issues on a case-by-case basis and will make a determination based on what is in the child’s best interests.
Get Answers To Your Specific Questions
To learn how Indiana child custody laws apply under your unique circumstances, contact my law office today online or by telephone at 317-596-1000.