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Acting in the Best Interest of the Child

The divorce process can be a difficult undertaking borne by everyone involved, including the children. Matters of child custody between divorcing parents are one of the most contested. Likewise, if two parents were never married and cannot agree on how to care for their child, it can lead to a need for legal involvement. At The Law Office of Jon J. Olinger, LLC, we know how to help you and your spouse or the other parent of your child if you cannot come to an agreement. Our Fort Wayne child custody lawyer is here to help you work out an arrangement, whether that may be through negotiation or litigation.

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How is Child Custody Determined in Indiana?

In the past, mothers were automatically assumed to be a better fit for parenting a child. Now, there is a legal process in which the judge considers a number of factors to make a decision regarding custody. The judge's goal is to make a decision in the best interest of the child. However, having a legal advocate on your side can help ensure you have the best chances of securing a positive outcome.

A few factors which may be considered by the judge in family court include:

  • The resources of each parent
  • Child's preferences (if they are old enough)
  • Conduct of the parents in the past
  • Any history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • The home environment(s) being provided
  • The child's educational and financial needs

How to Prove a Parent Unfit

During a child custody case, the court will evaluate many factors to help determine what is the best interest of the child. One of these factors involves the fitness of each parent. Fitness essentially describes the capability, both mental and physical, of safely raising a child. If there is a concern that one of the parents is unfit, it can impact their visitation and parenting time. To be ruled unfit, a judge may examine one or more of the following:

  • If there has been any evidence of domestic violence or child abuse
  • If there is a history of drug or alcohol problems
  • If the parent has shown an unwillingness to work with the court or be part of the child’s life
  • On rare occasions, a judge may order an evaluator to monitor the child or parent interactions.

Can a Child Refuse Visitation?

Orders pertaining to custody or visitation are set in place so that the best interests of children are prioritized if the custodial parent is refusing visitation from the non-custodial parent, they will be breaking the order and will be subject to certain consequences. Obviously, forcing a teenager to visit a parent is no easy task, but the court will strongly encourage that you speak with the child and point them on the right path.

Fighting for Your Parental Rights in Allen County

When it comes to sensitive family law matters, having skilled legal counsel on your side is essential. Our Fort Wayne child custody lawyer and legal team have extensive experience in the field of family law and have handled many types of child custody cases. You can count on us to protect your rights and help you protect your child's future. With so many legal nuances involved, you cannot afford to have anything but zealous advocacy from The Law Office of Jon J. Olinger, LLC on your side.

We're here to help with your complex child custody matters. Reach out to us today at (888) 488-4005.

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