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Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines: Preamble and Section I

While you and your former spouse may agree in principle on parenting time guidelines, you will need to consider certain provisions in order to get the timeline approved by the court. The Indiana parenting time guidelines are divided into seven parts. Those include the preamble, sections I through V, and an appendix. The following will discuss the preamble and section I of the parenting time guidelines. 

It is imperative that couples who are deciding on parenting time familiarize themselves with Indiana’s requirements for a valid parenting time schedule. In order to get your parenting time schedule approved by the courts, you must comply with these guidelines. A Danville, IN, divorce attorney can help guide the process of creating an actionable parenting plan that is approved by the court. 


The preamble begins by acknowledging that it is in the best interests of the child to have both parents in their life and contribute to the rearing of the child. It lists eight basic needs that should guide the parents’ discussions. 

Section I

Section I addresses five considerations for executing a parenting plan. These include:

  •  Communication – Parents are required to notify the other parent of any changes in their contact information. Parents must avoid speaking negatively about one another. Neither parent is allowed to monitor or block the other parent’s communication with the child.
  • Implementing parenting time – The parent receiving the child for parenting time is responsible for providing transportation before and after they receive the child. Parents must communicate any expected delays in pick-ups or drop-offs. The custodial parent is responsible for providing clean clothing, and the non-custodial parent must return that clothing in a clean condition. Neither parent may enter the residence of the other without permission.
  • Changes in scheduled parenting time – Parents are responsible for communicating any deviations to scheduled parenting time. Illness or special events are examples of appropriate deviations. If a deviation from the schedule results in a loss of parenting time, the other parent is required to make up parenting time. If one parent needs childcare services, they must first ask the other parent to provide it.
  • Exchange of information – Both parents are responsible for establishing a relationship with the child’s school and healthcare provider and must share information obtained by them. Each parent is responsible for notifying the other parent of organized events that permit family participation. Both parents are entitled to access the child’s medical records.
  • Conflict disputes and relocation – If there is a dispute regarding parenting time, both parents must make every effort to discuss the matter, which can include mediation to resolve the issue before going to court. Parents must provide 90 days of advanced notice before moving to another residence. 

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Chris Arrington represents the interests of those seeking a divorce in Indiana. We can help you draft an actionable parenting time schedule that reflects the requirements of Indiana law. Call our office today to schedule an appointment, and we can begin addressing your concerns immediately. 

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