Your Child's Well-Being Is Paramount

Child support and custody can present some of the stickiest issues for divorcing couples with children. Both parents generally have deep emotional connections to their children and want to remain involved in their lives. But when couples divorce, certain decisions are inevitable, including where the children will live and where the money will come from to pay for their upbringing. At Schembs Law, we are strong advocates for our clients and are dedicated to protecting their parental rights as well as the well-being of the children.

How Are Custody And Support Decided?

When the children live primarily with one parent, the other parent is generally the one who pays child support. The amount of support is determined in a relatively standard way, taking into consideration such factors as:

  • Income of each parent
  • Health insurance costs
  • Number of overnights spent with each parent
  • Day care costs
  • Any previous or subsequent children

Deciding child custody and visitation, on the other hand, may require a more fluid process. Elements that may be considered during custody negotiations include:

  • Parental work schedules
  • The age of the child
  • Parental history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • The stability of each parent's home

Ultimately, custody may be shared or sole. Custody also involves not just where the children will live (physical custody), but also each parent's ability to make decisions about their children's upbringing (legal custody).

An Attorney Can Protect Your Rights As A Parent

Divorce can be difficult for children as well as parents. To help ensure that the well-being of your children is protected for the next stage of life, call our Indianapolis law firm at 317-643-6266 to schedule your initial consultation with a lawyer. You can also contact us online to learn more.