Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines: What You Should Know

What Is Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines?

The Indiana Parenting time Guidelines are a set of rules or guidelines implemented on behalf of parents who do not have custody of their child/children after a divorce or separation. In other words the Indiana parenting guidelines provides everything about the child’s visitations. These guidelines where established by the Indiana Supreme Court which contains rules for visitations and specific visiting schedules for each child, which will vary due to the child’s age.

Are The Guidelines Specific?

The guidelines are very specific, hence the visitation time for each child’s age is clearly stated, though the visitation guideline can be affected by other factors, such as how much contact the visiting parent has had with the child in the past or how far apart both parents live.

What Exactly Do The Guidelines Do?

The Indiana parenting time guidelines also include standards regarding a variety of other aspects of visits, such as:

  1. Clothing for the children during visits.

  2. Children’s activity schedules.

  3. Making up missed visits.

  4. Communication between parents and with the children.

  5. Transportation of the children to and from visits.

Visitation Time Scheme.

Here are the visitation time scheme of indiana parenting time guidelines for each childs age group.

1. Visitation Time For 4 Months Old

Three days per week, 2 hours per day and all scheduled holidays are for 2 hours, including a whole day per week (morning- night) if the Non-custodial parent has taken care of the child regularly.

2. Age 5 months – Age 9 Months.

Three days per week, 3 hours per day and all scheduled holidays for 3 hours, one day per week (morning- night) if the Non-custodial parent has taken care of the child regularly.

3. Age 10 months- Age 12 Months.

Three days per week, 8 hours on a non-working day and 3 hours on the other two days, all scheduled holidays are for 8 hours and one day per week (morning- night) if the visiting parent has taken care of the child regularly.

4. Age 13 months-Age 18 Months.

Three days per week, 10 hours on resting days and 3 hours on other days, all scheduled holidays are for 8 hours, including one whole day per week (morning- night) if the Non-custodial parent has taken care of the child regularly.

5. Age 19 months-36 Months.

Every weekend, on Saturdays 10 hours and on Sundays 10 hours (Sleepover if the visiting parent has taken care of the child regularly) and for other days during the week 3 hours (overnight if the visiting parent has taken care of the child regularly) all scheduled holidays for 10 hours.

6. Ages 3 and Over.

Every weekend from Friday 6:00 pm until Sunday at 6:00 pm, including One evening weekly for four hours and all scheduled holidays.

7. For 3 and 4 Year Olds

The Non-custodial gets up to 4 weeks
For children 5 and older. The non-custodial parent gets half of the summer vacation.

Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines Rules.

The following are some rules of the Indiana parenting time guidelines.

  1. The guidelines states that the children should always stay together for visitations. So, if the children are different ages and fall into different age groups the court may order that the younger children visits at the same time as the older children, hence the younger ones may follow the visitation schedule set for the older children.

  2. The parents should converse and agree on the summer visitation time. If an agreement on the visitation time can’t be reached, then the non-custodial parent must give the custodial parent a date by April 1st when he or she wants summer visitation, If the non-custodial parent doesn’t do this by the 1st of April then the custodial parent can decide when the summer visitation will be.

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What Are The Scheduled Holidays?

The Indiana parenting guidelines provides specific visitation times for the following scheduled holidays (which also includes special days). Here are scheduled holidays;
Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Child’s Birthday, Parent’s Birthday, Christmas vacation, New Year’s Eve and Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Spring Break, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and any Other religious based holidays.

What Happens If The Parents Live Far Away From Each Other?

In the indiana parenting time guidelines, if the parents live far apart, the guidelines offer advice on how to handle visitation. However, modifications will be necessary.

Conclusion

In the Indiana parenting time guide the courts  uses these guidelines when deciding visitation issues. The guidelines also apply to all cases involving child custody. On the other hand the Indiana parenting time guide lines do not apply for cases involving; any situation that could cause physical or emotional harm to the children, family violence, abuse of drugs and alcohol, the possibility of a parent fleeing with a child.

For anybody looking for help the Indiana Child Support Bureau provides parenting guidance on the implementation of the Indiana Parenting time contact via email at PTHelpLine@dcs.in.gov

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