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Modifying your custody schedule

The hardest part of being a divorced dad in Indianapolis is the limited access you may have to your kids. From many on the outside looking in, your decision to get a divorce reflects an change in your attitude towards your entire family. What they do not understand is that while your feelings towards your children's mother may have changes, your love for them has not. Thus, you continually remain as protective of as you were prior to your divorce. That sense of duty to protect has prompted may to come to us here at Schembs Law question whether they can modify their custody or visitation agreements. If you have similar concerns about your kids, you'll be happy to learn that you can. 

College student aid and financial reporting

Divorced parents in Indiana who have kids preparing to go off to college in the next few years should understand how higher education financial aid is applied for and which parent's financial details must be provided. As explained by Fast Web, students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be eligible for many scholarships, grants, student loans or work study programs.

Parenting with your ex during the holidays

If you are a divorced dad in Indiana, the approaching holiday season may be one of your least favorite of the year. Even as society begins to change its views, fathers can still end up feeling like they get the short end of the stick when it comes to spending time with their children. This is never good, lest of all during treasured family events and traditions.

Courts put child first in relocation plans after divorce

Relocating after a divorce in Indiana means another big change for the child who splits time between his parents' separate homes. But sometimes it cannot be avoided. For parents and children facing this issue, HuffPost offers several points for consideration.

Reviewing Indiana's holiday custody schedule

With the onset of fall in Indianapolis comes the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. However, many may not look forward to this time of year as others do (particularly divorced dads). Holidays are a time to be spent with family, and when one does not have consistent access to his kids during this season, feelings of isolation are often a constant companion. Indeed, according to information shared by Psychology Today, Christmas and its neighboring holidays produce the highest incidence rates of depression.

What you need to know about Indiana child custody laws

Indiana adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act  in 1977. Under this Act, joint custody is an option for divorced parents; grandparents have visitation rights; and the preferences of children age 11 or older are taken into consideration during child custody hearings.

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.

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