Navigating Child Custody Matters
At McCrea & McCrea, our skilled attorneys have been helping clients through child custody cases for decades. As such, we know that custody can easily be the most stressful family law issue that a person is likely to face.
We understand that you may have far more questions than answers right now. On this page, we’ve provided some basic information about child custody laws and practices, as well as how we can help.
How Does Custody Work In Indiana?
As in most states, Indiana courts are instructed to make child custody decisions in the best interests of children. Each case must be decided on its own merits.
There are two types of custody in Indiana: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions for a minor child related to the child’s health, education and religious upbringing. Physical custody refers to where the child physically resides, including how much time the child spends with each parent, where the child physically resides and what school the child attends.
How Is Custody Decided?
Indiana courts are obligated to make a determination that is in the best interests of your children. To make this determination, the court will consider the following factors:
- Age and sex of the child
- Child’s relationship with parents, siblings and others
- Significant persons
- Mental and physical health of everyone involved
- Wishes of the child if the child is at least 14
- The wishes of the child’s parents
While McCrea & McCrea will strive to obtain the best possible outcome through negotiation and settlement without the need for litigation, we are fully prepared to aggressively present your case to the court if necessary.
A Law Firm Advocating For You And Your Children
Attorney Aaron McCrea, who is responsible for most of our firm’s family law cases, is fully committed to the well-being of clients and their children. As a court-appointed guardian ad litem, he has been a trusted advocate for children in difficult legal matters, including child custody cases.
When possible, our firm will work to help you reach an agreement through negotiation. If that is not possible because your co-parent refuses to negotiate in good faith, we are prepared to pursue your interests through litigation.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
Located in Bloomington, McCrea & McCrea serves clients throughout Monroe County and surrounding communities. For a free discussion about your case, call us at 812-336-4840 or fill out our online contact form.