Danville Attorney Representing Individuals in Child Support and Custody Modification Actions
Danville Child Custody Law Firm Focused on the Best Interests of Your Child
Indiana courts can change a child custody order if doing so is in the best interests of the child, and if there has been a substantial change in one of the factors the court considers when making custody decisions. These factors include:
- The age and sex of the child
- The wishes of the child’s parents
- The wishes of the child, with more consideration given if the child is at least 14 years old
- The relationship the child has with parents, siblings, and others
- The child’s adjustment of his home, school, and community
- The mental and physical health of all those involved
- Evidence of any domestic or family violence by either parent
- Evidence that the child has been cared for by a de facto custodian (someone other than a parent) for at least six months to a year, depending on the child’s age. If there is a de facto custodian, his wishes will be considered also, along with the extent to which he cared for the child and the circumstances and intent behind the placement.
What About Military Service Members?
Indiana courts do not consider a parent’s active duty in the Armed Services as a factor for determining child custody or for modifying a custody agreement. However, if a parent modifies a custody order relating to active duty, the temporary modification will terminate no more than 10 days after the service member returns from active duty.
Call Jeffries Law Today
The only thing constant in life is change. If a change in your family circumstances requires a child custody modification, contact Jeffries Law, LLC, a firm that represents families throughout the Indiana counties of Hendricks, Montgomery, Putnam, Marion, Boone, Johnson, and Morgan. Contact our firm online or call 317-451-8544 to schedule an appointment at our Danville office.