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Evidence you need to support a parenting time modification in Indiana:

In Indiana, when parents are involved in a child custody dispute or seeking a modification of an existing custody order, it’s essential to provide strong evidence to support a request for more parenting time (often referred to as “parenting time modification”). The law governing the modification of parenting time in Indiana can be found in Indiana Code 31-17-4-2, which states that “the court may modify an order granting or denying parenting time rights whenever modification would serve the best interests of the child.” Here are some examples of evidence that can be used to support a request for more parenting time:

  1. Stable Living Environment: Demonstrating that you can provide a stable and suitable living environment for the child is crucial. This might include evidence of a safe and clean home, consistent routines, and a neighborhood that is child-friendly.
  2. Parental Involvement: Document your active involvement in the child’s life. This can include records of school involvement, attendance at extracurricular activities, and participation in medical or dental care.
  3. Child’s Wishes: If the child is of an age and maturity level to express their preferences, their wishes can be considered. It’s important to note that the child’s wishes are just one factor and are not the sole determining factor.
  4. Demonstrated Ability to Co-Parent: Provide evidence that you are willing and able to cooperate and co-parent effectively with the other parent. This includes communication, flexibility in scheduling, and a willingness to support the child’s relationship with the other parent.
  5. Parenting Plan: Present a well-thought-out parenting plan that outlines how you plan to provide for the child’s needs, including education, healthcare, extracurricular activities, and social development. Show that you have considered the child’s best interests in the plan.
  6. Criminal and Background Checks: Prove that you have a clean criminal record and can provide a safe environment for the child. A background check may be required by the court.
  7. Stability and Support: Evidence of your financial stability and ability to provide for the child’s financial needs can be important. This includes income statements, tax returns, and documentation of financial support provided for the child.
  8. Character References: Character references from individuals who can vouch for your ability as a parent and your relationship with the child can be useful.
  9. Counseling or Therapy Records: If you have been involved in counseling, therapy, or parenting classes to address any concerns or issues related to parenting, provide records to show your commitment to improving your parenting skills.
  10. Parenting Time History: If you have a history of consistently and responsibly exercising your current parenting time, this can be used as evidence that you should have more parenting time.

Specific evidence required can vary depending on the circumstances of your case, and it’s crucial to consult with Treptow Law, and we can help you gather and present the most relevant evidence to support your request for more parenting time. The court will always prioritize the best interests of the child when making custody and parenting time decisions.  Contact us today to help you get the time with your child that you deserve!