Indiana Parenting Guidelines First Right of Refusal
If you or someone you know has gone through a
separation in Indiana, then most likely you have some experience with the Indiana
Parenting Time Guidelines. Bowen and Associates are well-versed in the
"IPTG", and we understand that both parents want to spend as
much time with their children as possible.
custodial and non-custodial parents alike, the IPTG can provide opportunities for
parenting time, even outside of your normal parenting time schedule. The opportunity
for additional parenting time is sometimes referred to as the "First
Right of Refusal," and is outlined in
Section I.(C.)(3.) of the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. However, it is important for all parties to be aware that extra parenting
time under these circumstances does not usually warrant a change in
Below you will find a few examples of when the opportunity for additional
parenting time should be offered. Please note that these examples of additional
parenting time occur only when the child is with someone other than a
household family member, and the period of time the child is with that
person is more than just a couple of hours:
Example 1: If a parent goes on vacation during his or her parenting time and does
not take the child, the opportunity for additional parenting time exists.
Example 2: If a parent has a date or evening out planned during his or her parenting
time and hires a third-party babysitter, the opportunity for additional
parenting time exists.
Example 3: If a parent whom is not exercising parenting time wishes to watch the
child after that parent gets off of work instead of the child going to
daycare, the opportunity for additional parenting time exists.
It is important to also be aware that this rule of the Guidelines is not
meant for all instances when a child may require a babysitter, such as
when a parent runs to the store for a short amount of time. The period
of absence is circumstantial and the opportunity for additional parenting
time is meant to be practical and beneficial to all parties.
The key in dealing with these types of situations is first and foremost
to know and understand the law. Knowledge is power! Second, remember to
always operate with the best interests of the child in mind. This can
be very difficult to do in practice, especially when it feels like the
best interests of the child may be very different from what your emotions
are telling you to do. And finally, seek the advice and input from your
lawyer. One of the many advantages of having experienced counsel is the
ability to ask and receive an experienced opinion, without the emotion,
taking into consideration your particular set of circumstances.
Speak with Bowen & Associates, LLC today to discuss this, or any other
family law issue you may be experiencing. We offer a free telephone consultation,
and our knowledge, experience, and work ethic set us apart from other
firms. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
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