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Father seeking custody of son following surrogate mother’s death

Recent years have seen the use of surrogates become a popular option for would-parents in Indianapolis who cannot have children themselves. However, surrogate cases do bring with them their own unique challenges. Typically, such cases involve the surrogate mother agreeing to forfeit parental rights to a child. However, if that does not happen, the she may continue to be recognized as being entitled to privileges such as custody and even child support.

How is parenting time decided if I do not live near my ex?

If you are a father living in Indianapolis and do not have primary custody, spending time with your child is probably extremely important to you. When you and your child’s other parent do not live in close proximity, arranging parenting time can be complicated. While it is always best for two parents to agree amicably on a schedule, sometimes the court does get involved. Here is what you need to know about the guidelines the court uses to determine parenting time in this situation.

Equal parenting time benefits

Because the role of a father in a child’s life is so pivotal for healthy development, both parents should seek to preserve this when they are discussing custody arrangements during an Indiana divorce. The father should be willing to take on equal responsibility, and the mother should realize that it is in her child’s best interests to have the schedule necessary for that strong, healthy bond.

How do I maintain a relationship with my grandkids after divorce?

If your child goes through a divorce, you may end up in a delicate situation regarding contact with your grandchildren, especially if he or she is the noncustodial parent. Even if the court grants you visitation rights, you may experience anger or resentment toward your child's former spouse. If you allow those feelings to manifest themselves in your speech or attitudes around your grandkids, they could damage your relationship and cause further pain.

6 points fathers must consider about co-parenting

Co-parenting is one option that parents who aren't in a relationship have for raising their children. Fathers who consider this option should be ready to work hard to make the arrangement work. Co-parenting means that you will still have to deal with your ex a lot more than what you would have to if you opted for a traditional child custody arrangement. The benefits of co-parenting might outweigh the work that you have to put into it, so make sure that you think about your child when you make the decision.

How to resolve parenting time conflicts

Spouses in Indiana who have different parenting styles may occasionally encounter parenting time conflicts. There is a lot of work that goes into raising children from two separate households. Both parents should try to put aside their differences so they can remain a positive influence on their children while raising them.

Parent alienation in divorce

As couples in Indiana are working through a divorce, each must exercise caution when talking to the children about the other parent. According to the Huffington Post, many divorcing parents use their children to harm the other spouse. They allow their marital disappointments to spill over into the realm of parenting, and therefore attempt to separate the children completely from the other parent. Many times the target of this degradation is the father. This situation sometimes occurs even if he had a healthy and thriving relationship with the children before the divorce. In some cases, the children begin to think they have developed a negative opinion of the targeted parent without any outside influence, and they in turn reject that parent. The children mistreat the parent, and sometimes feel no remorse for doing so, because they have been so thoroughly convinced that he is not worthy of their respect or love.

This divorced couple started a company to help other co-parents

Wanda Bass, a nurse, and Ken Bass, an electronics technician and UPS supervisor, were divorced in 2002. They have two sons, who are now 15 and 22. Today, those sons are well-adjusted and proud of their parents, but it wasn't always that way.

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