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Child Custody and Parenting Time

Matters regarding the care and custody of your child are often complicated and emotional. At Cohen Garelick & Glazier, we understand that nothing is more precious to you than your child.

We understand that having a successful co-parenting relationship with your child’s other parent, especially in the context of a divorce or separation, can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. Our family law attorneys will listen to you, give you honest advice, and be your supportive advocate. We work to obtain favorable outcomes which protect your child’s and your best interests.

We handle initial custody/parenting time determinations, as well as modifications, and enforcement (often referred to as “contempt”). We understand that every family’s situation is unique, and we customize our approach to meet your individual needs.

There are two types of custody:

Legal Custody

Legal custody means how important decisions will be made, including matters of education, religion and health care. When parents share joint legal custody, they make these decisions together, and when one parent has sole legal custody, that parent has the authority and the duty to make the decisions, often after consulting with the other parent.

Physical Custody

Physical Custody is often referred to as Parenting Time. It means how parents will share the child’s time. When one parent has primary physical custody, it means that the child spends the majority of the child’s time with that parent. The term “visitation” has been replaced by “parenting time.”

In Indiana, there are no presumptions as to whether legal custody should be joint or sole, and no presumptions as to which parent should have legal or physical custody. Decisions are based solely on what is in a child’s best interests. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines serve as a helpful guide for minimum parenting time, but parents are encouraged to agree on a schedule which best meets their family’s needs.

Orders about custody and parenting time can be modified, when a modification is in a child’s best interests. Our lawyers understand that circumstances change through the years, and we can guide you through a modification proceeding with effective advocacy and empathy.




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