If you have endured a divorce and no longer have custody of your children, your parenting time is crucial. This time is your main resource when it comes to preserving your relationship with your kids.
In Indiana law, parenting time has many details that are easy to overlook. Examining these details can help you avoid issues that put families in jeopardy.
One of the most important aspects of parenting time is communication. If your ex changes his or her e-mail address, phone number, home address, or work address, you have the right to know about it. Also, as long as you keep the timing and duration within reason, you can communicate with your child remotely without the other parent’s involvement. You just have to remember not to impede on your ex’s right to enforce reasonable parental restrictions, such as a cap on your child’s internet or phone time.
When it comes to visitation, you and your ex should know your responsibilities. For one, whatever parent is receiving the child should handle transportation. If you cannot be present for the exchange and need to send someone else, you have to let your ex know ahead of time (and the same applies vice versa). You and your ex should also notify each other if you ever have to alter the schedule due to an unforeseen circumstance.
You should keep in mind that the purpose of parenting time is to make matters easier for your child after divorce. By knowing your rights and responsibilities, you can continue to fulfill your role as a parent.