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The Guidelines also acknowledge that scheduling parenting time is more difficult when separate households are involved and requires persistent effort and communication between parents to promote the best interest of the children involved.The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a model which may be adjusted depending upon the unique needs and circumstances of each family.These guidelines are based upon the developmental stages of children.The members of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana developed the guidelines after reviewing the current and relevant literature concerning visitation, the visitation guidelines of other geographic areas, and the input of child development experts and family law practitioners.A child's needs and ability to cope with the parent's situation change as the child matures.
Parents may agree to some or all of the changes to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines and should be specific in their written agreement. Deviations from these Guidelines by either the parties or the court that result in parenting time less than the minimum time set forth below must be accompanied by a written explanation indicating why the deviation is necessary or appropriate in the case.
In such cases one or both parents may have legal, psychological, substance abuse or emotional problems that may need to be addressed before these Guidelines can be employed. Existing parenting time orders on the date of adoption of these amendments shall be enforced according to the parenting time guidelines that were in effect on the date the parenting time order was issued.
The type of help that is needed in such cases is beyond the scope of these Guidelines. Changes to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines do not alone constitute good cause for amendment of an existing parenting time order; however, a court or parties to a proceeding may refer to these guidelines in making changes to a parenting time order after the effective date of the guidelines.
To insure more responsible parenting and to promote the healthy adjustment and growth of a child each parent should recognize and address a child's basic needs: 1.
To develop and maintain meaningful relationships with other significant adults (grandparents, stepparents and other relatives) as long as these relationships do not interfere with or replace the child's primary relationship with the parents.