All Things Family Law

Discussion of all things related to family law from an Indiana divorce attorney.

This blog provides general family law and divorce law information. If you have a specific issue or case you need assistance with please contact me directly. 

Public Hearing on Review of Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines 2010

The Indiana Domestic Relations Committee is in the process of reviewing the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. There was a public hearing on May 21, 2010. You can watch the entire hearing here. Citizens and legal professionals alike commented at the hearing.

One of the more interesting comments was that the new Child Support Guidelines are encouraging litigation and harming children. The recently amended Guidelines have an enormous impact on the support amount paid by "high earners." Formally, due to a parabola formula, child support leveled off for high earners. However, now, the there is no level off and support is paid as a flat percentage of what is earned. This changes causes the amount of "parenting time credit" a parent receives, which reduces that parent's child support obligation, to have an meaningful financial impact. An attorney commenting at the hearing described that at extreme incomes this can result in each overnight being worth $5,000 in terms of annual child support. He opined that this creates an strong financial incentive for parents to fight over overnights with the child, so as to reduce or increase the parenting time credit. If true this is certainly an issue worth considering, because if the parents are encouraged to fight the child suffers.

There were many other issues brought up at the hearing, such as: the idea that the Guidelines are a minimum suggested amount of time; the first right of refusal/opportunity for additional parenting time; holiday parenting time conflicts; relocation related parenting time issues; how to enforce parenting time; virtual parenting time; and the application of the Guidelines to domestic or family violence situations.

We will follow this as it progresses.

The review or transmission of information at this site is not legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.   All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. Should you be seeking legal advice, I recommend you retain an attorney. Please contact me  here.