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Indiana Child Custody

Indiana child custody may be granted to either party based on the best interests of the child. In determining what custodial schedule is in the best interests of the child, the Court will consider: 
  • the age and sex of the child; 

  • the preference of the child;

  • the wishes of the parents; 

  • the child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;

  • the mental and physical health of all individuals involved; and 

  • the relationship of the child with parents, siblings, and other significant family members. 

Joint child custody may be awarded if it is in the best interest of the child and based upon the following factors: 

  • the physical proximity of the parents to each other as this relates to the practical considerations of where the child will reside; 

  • the fitness and suitability of the parents; 

  • the nature of the physical and emotional environment in the home of each of the persons awarded joint custody;

  • the willingness and ability of the persons awarded joint custody to communicate and cooperate in advancing the child's welfare;

  • the wishes of the child; and

  • whether the child has established a close and beneficial relationship with both of the persons awarded joint custody.

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