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How Indiana courts enforce parenting time orders

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Family Law

In Indiana, parenting time orders are legally binding agreements that dictate the schedule and arrangements for parents to spend time with their children after a divorce or separation. These orders promote the child’s best interests and ensure that both parents have meaningful and consistent involvement in the child’s life.

However, there are instances when one parent may fail to comply with the terms of the parenting time order. This may warrant the need for enforcement by the courts.

Filing a motion for enforcement

When a parent violates a parenting time order, the other parent has the option to file a motion for enforcement with the court. This motion requests that the court take action to ensure compliance with the terms of the parenting time order. The court may then schedule a hearing to address the matter and determine an appropriate course of action for enforcement.

Utilizing remedies for non-compliance

Indiana courts have several remedies available to enforce parenting time orders and hold non-compliant parents accountable. These remedies may include warning the non-compliant parent or modifying the parenting time order to address any concerns or issues. They might also include imposing sanctions or penalties for continued violations. In extreme cases of repeated and willful non-compliance, the court may even consider contempt of court charges. These can result in fines, community service or other consequences.

Courts take violations of parenting time orders seriously and have mechanisms in place to enforce compliance. By understanding their rights and seeking help when necessary, parents can work to uphold the terms of parenting time orders and prioritize their children’s well-being.