If you're a parent going through a divorce or separation, one of the most difficult decisions you'll have to make is determining custody of your children. In Indiana, the court's primary focus is on the best interests of the child, and this often means joint custody. However, in some cases, one parent may seek sole custody. But how hard is it to get sole custody in Indiana? Here are some tips to increase your chances:
1. Be Involved in Your Child's Life
One of the most important factors in determining custody is the relationship between the parent and child. If you want sole custody, you need to be actively involved in your child's life. This means attending school events, doctor's appointments, extracurricular activities, and spending quality time with your child.
2. Demonstrate Your Ability to Provide for Your Child
Another key factor in determining custody is the ability of each parent to provide for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. If you want sole custody, you need to demonstrate that you are capable of providing a stable and nurturing environment for your child. This includes having a steady income, a safe and comfortable home, and a plan for your child's education and healthcare.
3. Show That You Can Co-Parent Effectively
While sole custody may be your goal, you still need to demonstrate that you can co-parent effectively with the other parent. This means being willing to communicate and cooperate with the other parent when it comes to making decisions about your child's upbringing. If the court believes that you are unwilling or unable to co-parent, it may be less likely to award you sole custody.
4. Document Any Concerns About the Other Parent
If you have concerns about the other parent's ability to provide a safe and stable environment for your child, it's important to document these concerns. This may include evidence of substance abuse, domestic violence, or neglect. However, it's important to remember that making false accusations can harm your case, so only document concerns that you can substantiate.
5. Hire an Experienced Family Law Attorney
Navigating the legal system can be challenging, especially when it comes to custody disputes. Hiring an experienced family law attorney can help you understand your rights and options, as well as increase your chances of getting the outcome you want. An attorney can also help you prepare your case and represent you in court if necessary.
Getting sole custody in Indiana is not easy, but it's not impossible either. If you need help with a custody dispute or any other family law matter, contact Roberts Means Roncevic Kapela LLC. Our experienced attorneys can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to protect your rights and interests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.