Child Custody

In Indiana, the courts presume it is in the child’s best interest to have frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with each parent. As such, the state has published a set of guidelines that provide direction to parents and attorneys while developing parenting plans that lay out child custody arrangements and visitation schedules.

Ensure frequent, meaningful and continuous contact.

Our firm understands that life is constantly changing. Every day presents new opportunities and challenges. As such, the possibility for disagreements about child custody and parenting time is endless. At Emswiller, Williams, Noland & Clarke, LLC, our attorneys craft comprehensive parenting plans that clearly describe parenting time and provide guidance in the event parents need to alter their schedules and address potential future areas of strife.

Our lawyers use the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines as a starting point. Based upon the family’s specific needs, we draft parenting plans that cover numerous contingencies. Because our parenting plans address areas of possible contention before they arise, we are often able to save our clients the time and money associated with litigation, avoid the further breakdown of family relationships, encourage co-parenting, and reduce the negative impact of conflict on children.


Enforce & modify child custody orders.

When one parent plans to relocate, notice must be filed with the Court and served upon the other parent. The nonrelocating parent has the opportunity to modify custody, parenting time and child support, which can become complex. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) governs the interstate jurisdiction of future child-related issues when one parent has either moved from Indiana or relocated to Indiana. At Emswiller, Williams, Noland & Clarke, LLC, our attorneys have successfully helped clients enforce and modify their parenting plans across state lines.

Custody Arrangements
Visitation Schedules
Enforcing & Modifying Orders with Relocation
The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines effective March 1, 2013, include direction on:
  • A child’s basic needs
  • The scope of the application of the Guidelines
  • The general rules applicable to parenting time
  • Implementing parenting time
  • Exchange of the children’s information
  • Resolution of problems and relocation
  • Overnight parenting time for infants, toddlers and teenagers
  • Holiday parenting time
  • Parenting time when distance is a major factor
  • Parallel parenting