The determination of child custody involves the designation of a primary custodial parent. The other parent will typically receive substantial parenting time. This may vary depending upon the parents' work schedules and other considerations, but parenting time minimally includes alternate weekends, midweek visits, alternating holidays and several weeks of extended parenting time during the summer months.
The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines offer assistance to parents engaged in the development of a workable parenting plan that will enable children to have frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with their parents. Here, too, the standard by which a Court determines parenting time in Indiana is the best interests of the child. Parents should be aware of the fact that the "Guidelines are based upon the developmental stages of children." Parents are encouraged to consider the needs of their children in the creation of a flexible parenting plan; one that will serve the best interests of the children, as well as the changing needs of the family, while continuing to develop the parent-child relationship.