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Attorneys will find links to useful caselaw, parenting plan templates or guides, and the latest information about the Guidelines.  Parents and attorneys should always demonstrate a spirit of cooperation. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines are designed to assist parents and courts in the development of their own parenting plans. In the event the parties cannot create their own parenting time agreement, these guidelines represent the minimum time a parent should have to maintain frequent, meaningful, and continuing contact with a child.

When a disagreement occurs regarding parenting time and the requirements of these Guidelines, both parents shall make every effort to discuss options, including mediation, in an attempt to resolve the dispute before going to court.  If court action is initiated, the parents shall enter into mediation unless otherwise ordered by the court.

American Bar Association Section of Family Law Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Custody Cases

Indiana CLE Forum, Advanced Family Law – The Masters Series, 2005 “Unique Issues In Custody Cases”

Attorneys who specialize in child custody may complete and return the Attorney Referral Questionnaire to have parents seeking legal representation directed to them.