Guardianship & Third-Party Custody
Indianapolis Family Law Attorneys – We're On Your Side
Representing the best interests of Indiana's children is one of our
priorities at Hollingsworth & Zivitz. We invest ourselves into each
custody case, working hard to develop a thorough understanding of the
family situation and pressing for the best possible outcome for the children. Our
family lawyers have been providing Central Indiana with divorce law representation since
2004, and have successfully helped hundreds of families to solve even
the most complicated of custody disputes, including issues relating to
guardianship and third-party custody.
initial case evaluations to discuss your situation.
Call (888) 211-3888 to schedule yours today.
Always Acting in the Best Interests of the Child
In the event that neither of the child's biological parents are determined
to be capable of providing care, custody may be awarded to a third party
- often a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. While Indiana upholds the belief
that it is ideal for a child to remain with his or her parents, there
may be certain circumstances that sometimes warrant removing the child
from the custody of the biological parents and placing him or her into
the care of an appointed guardian.
Guardianship or third-party custody can be awarded due to the following
- Parent has abandoned the child
- Parent is determined to be unfit to care for the child
- Parent is serving time in prison4444444
- Poor conditions in the home
- Parent unable to provide for the child
- Child is either emotionally or physically unable to thrive in the home
Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines
Even when guardianship is awarded to another party, Indiana has established
certain guidelines to protect a child in the event that his or her biological
parents still desire visitation rights. This arrangement is also referred
to as parenting time. If you are the guardian of a child, or if you are
the biological parent seeking visitation guidelines, our team at Hollingsworth
& Zivitz is here to provide you with the support you need through
negotiations in your case. As Indianapolis divorce attorneys, our priority
is to protect the rights and best interests of your family, and we do
so with compassion and sensitivity.
Contact our office in Carmel today to schedule your first consultation.