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.

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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 circumstances:

  • 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.

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