Much of the fallout from going through a divorce can be hard on the spouses,but few things can be more difficult than having the future of one’s children on a negotiating table or in the hands of an Indiana family law judge. Parents need to know they can trust their attorney to fight with all the legal resources available to secure a custody settlement that protects their rights in raising their kids.
The Indianapolis child custody lawyers at Law Offices of Eugene Mogilevsky, LLC has built up a track record of success, and one reason is that we want to be sure people are comfortable working with us. Talking to an attorney about sensitive personal issues can be nerve wracking and we aim to set clients at ease. Then we give them the vigorous advocacy they need in negotiation and litigation. From our Indianapolis office, we serve all of Marion County, and throughout Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Shelby, Boone, Madison, and Morgan counties.
Types of Child Custody
There are two sets of decisions that have to be made in an Indiana child custody case. The first involves the distinction between physical custody and legal custody. The second is whether both forms of custody will be sole or joint.
Physical custody refers to where children will live. A corollary to the decision on physical custody will be the visitation rights of a non-custodial parent.
Legal custody means the power to make decisions on behalf of a child. This decisions can be medical, such as whether to go in for surgery or not. They can be educational—deciding where the child will go to school. They can involve the decision on whether a child will be brought up in a religious tradition, and if so, which one. In addition to all these big-picture decisions, legal custody also deals with authority sign permission slips and do other parental functions necessary in the life of a child.
Sole custody means that one parent has predominant, if not exclusive, control. Joint custody means parents share responsibility on an equal basis.
It’s important to note that custody can be sole in one area, but joint in the other. A common scenario is giving one parent sole physical custody (with visitation rights to the non-custodial parent), but maintaining joint legal custody.
Indiana law requires that one consideration be the overriding factor in all custody decisions—the best interests of the child.
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