If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, helping your children adjust to a post-divorce world will now become top priority. 

The state of Indiana knows how important the relationship with both parents is for any child. To this end, the court will expect you to understand and follow the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. 

Reviewing basic needs

The court expects divorcing parents to fulfill at least the basic needs of their children. Among these are for the child to enjoy regular time with each parent, to be physically safe and to have a pleasing and secure relationship with each parent. 

Arranging the visits

Both parents must follow the agreed-upon parenting time schedule. When moving between houses, a parent should pick up and return the children promptly and inform the other parent as soon as possible if there is going to be a delay. Remember that you and the other parent share responsibility for adhering to parenting time orders. 

Sharing information

The court allows each parent direct contact with a school concerning their children without interference from the other parent. Under Indiana law, both parents should also have direct access to their children’s school records and health records. 

Communicating effectively

Under the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, you and your soon-to-be-ex must stay current with each other’s contact information. You must alert the other party in writing of any changes that occur. In communicating with the children, you should always demonstrate respect for the other parent and stay away from making negative remarks. Developing effective communications now will help you, your children and the other parent maintain workable relationships as you enter the next stage of your lives.