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How to handle distance in child custody cases in Indiana

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Child Custody & Visitation

Under the child custody laws in Indiana, you still have the right to spend time with your child, even when you have to move for a job or other essential responsibilities in your life. As such, your parenting plan must accommodate the situation of distance without making the life of the other parent or child difficult. Quite often, the law would allow you to come up with this decision with the other parent in a way that suits you and your life. But, if you can’t agree, that’s when the court will step in.


Long distances, by necessity, will limit the amount of time you will be able to spend with your child; this is why it’s important to ensure that you have some set times designated for visitation. This helps to provide a sense of structure and order in an otherwise difficult situation. Child custody and parenting schedules are typically adjusted according to changes in circumstances, but parents should also consider the age of their children. For example, for a child under three years of age, it might be beneficial to have regular and frequent visitation (like every weekend) since the child is still in a necessary bonding time.


An excellent way to ensure that your children can visit you is by having both parents chip in for travel costs. This will help reduce the financial burden on either party, as well as make it easier for your child to come and see you during those set times.


Video calling, email, text messaging and other digital services allow parents to stay connected even when they cannot physically mee. This can be helpful for both parent and child in providing emotional support and allowing them to keep in touch from afar.

Overall, the key to parenting while living at a distance is finding the right balance between physical contact and communication via technology. With some planning and creativity, it’s possible to ensure that your relationship with your children remains strong despite any geographical obstacles.