Historically, divorcing dads in Indiana and across the country have struggled to get their fair share of time with their kids. Like any societal shifts, changes do not happen as fast as many people would like. It is always important for any man getting divorced to be aware of what their rights are and what options they have for getting as much time with their kids as they can possibly get.
When Indiana residents marry a person who has children, he or she may want to adopt the kids. Adoption is a big step for a blended family and there are many factors people need to consider before they take this step.
Child support is usually the responsibility of a non-custodial parent who is earning an income. The child support system is designed with fairness for all parties in mind while putting the well-being of the child in question at the forefront.
You may be an expectant mother in Indiana who knows that you are unable, because of finances or some other reason, to properly care for a new baby. However, you may be reluctant to put your child up for adoption because you want to have a place in his or her life and fear the loss of all contact. If this your situation, an open adoption may be the best solution for you, your child and the adoptive parents.
While the term "broken home" is simply meant to indicate a family in which the parents are divorced, the phrase nonetheless has an extremely negative connotation. The fact that studies show that children tend to thrive in households where both parents are present is seemingly irrefutable (indeed, information shared by the online life science publication STAT shows that children who are allotted equal access of 35 percent of their time with each parent perform better academically, socially and psychologically). However, that does not mean that children from divorced homes cannot succeed in the important areas of life.
As an Indiana father, you may be doing everything in your power to ensure you get to spend quality time with your child, and research shows that your efforts may benefit your child substantially down the line. At Schembs Law, we understand that the role a father plays in his child’s life is a critical one. We also recognize that children who have established relationships with their fathers tend to fare better in a broad number of areas than those whose fathers do not maintain an active presence in their lives.