Are you getting divorced and are there children involved? Do you need help figuring out the best child custody arrangement that will fit your and your children’s needs? Do you have questions concerning the laws in Indiana regarding this issue?

At the Law Office of Karl E. Hand, P.C., we are here to answer all of your questions and provide personalized, individual representation to every one of our divorce and family law clients. Contact us today to learn more about child custody in Indiana and how we can help during a free initial consultation at our law firm.

What factors will the court look at in deciding child custody? The court determines custody and enters a custody order in accordance with the best interests of the child. In determining the best interests of the child, there is no presumption favoring either parent. The court considers all relevant factors, including the following: (1) the age and sex of the child; (2) the wishes of the child’s parent(s); (3) the wishes of the child, with more consideration given to the child’s wishes if the child is at least fourteen (14) years of age; (4) the interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child’s parents, the child’s sibling; and another person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests.; (5) the child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school and community; (6) the mental and physical health of all individuals involved; (7) Evidence of a pattern of domestic or family violence by either parent; and (8) evidence that that the child has been cared for by a de facto custodian. 

Our attorney believes in taking the time to learn all about your family, your background, your needs and your legal goals. We then will explain all the different custody options that are available and what might be a good fit for your individual situation.

This includes:

Physical custody — Should the children primarily reside with one parent (sole custody) or should the parents split the time that the children reside at each home (joint custody)?

Legal custody — How much say should each parent have in upbringing of the children such as education, extracurricular activities, health care, religion and other key decisions?

Parenting Time — How much time should a noncustodial parent spend with the children and should there be certain conditions attached such as supervised visitation or limits on specific activities?

We can help you negotiate a child custody agreement to address these issues. If an amicable resolution cannot be reached, we are prepared to to argue your position before a judge in family court.

Need Help With Child Support, Child Custody, Visitation or Relocation Matters? We Can Help.

We represent clients who need help with every kind of child custody matter and are located in Northwest Indiana, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, St. Joseph, Starke counties and the surrounding towns and areas.

Small Firm Service, Big Results: Call or contact us by e-mail to schedule a no-charge consultation with a compassionate and proactive lawyer at our Schererville law office. We are always available via e-mail and cell phone.