How is child support calculated?

Any time the court is asked to change (or modify) child support, a new child support worksheet needs to be completed.  The child support calculator can create child support worksheets for use in court. The button on the right links to the Child Support Calculator. 

Income Withholding for Child Support

Any time you ask the court to change parenting time or custody, you should bring this information with you to court: Income Withholding Checklist. 

An Income Withholding Order form and instructions can be found here: Income Withholding Order Form

Local Court Rules

Each court has the option to create its own rules.  Click here for access to local court rules: Local Court Rules

Filing Your Documents

If you plan to e-file your case (file your forms online without going to the courthouse) then you should review this information on how to e-file.  

You may be able to e-file these forms, but if you do you should print them first.  Then, scan them back into your computer.

Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines and Calendar

Parenting time is the time a parent spends with his or her child.  Indiana has adopted a set of guidelines on parenting time. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines can be found by clicking here: Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. 

Click here to connect to a tool that can help build an Indiana Parenting Time Calendar.

Legal v. Physical Custody

A parent with primary physical custody has their child living with them most of the time.  The other parent usually has parenting time and is the non-custodial parent.

A parent with legal custody can make major decisions about a child’s upbringing like how the child will be educated, what religious training the child will have, and the medical care the child will receive.  Many times parents have joint legal custody, meaning the parents both make these important decisions for the child.

Parenting Time

 

Establish Parenting Time With Agreement-Parents Never Married

Use the Establish Parenting Time With An Agreement forms below if all of the following are true:

  • You have never been married to your child’s parent, and
  • The court has issued a paternity order or you and the other parent signed a paternity affidavit, and
  • The court has not issued a parenting time order, and
  • You would like to start getting parenting time with your child, and
  • You and the other parent agree you should have parenting time with your child

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Establish Parenting Time Without An Agreement– Parents Never Married

Use the Establish Parenting Time Without An Agreement forms below if all of the following are true:

  • You have never been married to your child’s parent, and
  • The court has issued a paternity order or you and the other parent signed a paternity affidavit, and
  • The court has not issued a parenting time order, and
  • You would like to start getting parenting time, and
  • You and the other parent do not agree on if or how you should start getting parenting time

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Change Parenting Time With An Agreement-Parents Never Married

Use the Modify Parenting Time With An Agreement-Parents Never Married forms below if all of the following are true:

  • You have never been married to your child’s parent, and
  • The court has issued an order on parenting time, and
  • You would like to change parenting time, and
  • You and the other parent agree on how parenting time should be changed

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Change Parenting Time With An Agreement-Parents Divorced

Use the Modify Parenting Time With An Agreement-Parents Divorced forms below if all of the following are true:

  • You are divorced from your child’s parent, and
  • You would like to change parenting time, and
  • You and the other parent agree on how parenting time should be changed

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Change Parenting Time Without An Agreement

Use the Modify Parenting Time Without An Agreement forms below if all of the following are true:

  • You are either divorced from your child’s parent or the court has issued an order on parenting time, and
  • You would like to change parenting time, and
  • You and the other parent do not agree on how parenting time should be changed

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Custody

Change Custody With An Agreement

The Modify Custody With An Agreement forms may help if all of the following are true:

  • You are either divorced from your child’s parent or the court has issued an order on custody, and
  • You would like to change the custody of your child(ren), and
  • You and the other parent agree on how custody should be changed

 Use the child support calculator to prepare a child support worksheet. Review the parenting time guidelines and consider using the parenting time calendar.

Choose how to complete the forms. Form Helper asks questions and uses the answer to prepare the forms.  Forms can also be printed and filled in by hand, or completed by filling in the blanks using a computer. 

 Print the completed forms.

 Read the forms. Make sure they are correct and ask the court for what you want.

Both parties must sign the Agreed Entry in front of a Notary Public. A Notary might be found at a local bank or library. 

 File the forms with the court.  E-filing is available, but requires an account. Self-represented litigants may also file forms at the court.

Here is a short video to help explain how Modify Child Custody With Agreement forms may be completed and the options for filing the forms with the court.

These forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled on the computer and then printed.  Or, Form Helper can be used to complete these forms.

Form Helper is a tool that can be used to complete these forms.  The Form Helper asks questions and uses the answers to complete the forms. The Form Helper is hosted on Community.lawyer servers.

Change Custody Without An Agreement

Use the Modify Custody Without An Agreement forms below if all of the following are true:

  • You are either divorced from your child’s parent or the court has issued an order on custody, and
  • You would like to change the custody of your child(ren), and
  • You and the other parent do not agree on how custody should be changed

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Relocation

RelocationMany times, a person who has or is seeking custody of a child, parenting time, or grandparent visitation must keep other people who have or are seeking rights with the child advised of their home address and other contact information.  And a non-relocating parent must usually respond.  Review I.C. 31-17-2.2 for more information.

Notice of Intent to Relocate

If you have or are seeking custody, parenting time or grandparent visitation with a child and you are moving, these forms might help you to provide required notice to other people who have or are seeking custody, parenting time or grandparent visitation with the child. Indiana Code 31-17-2.2

  • You may not have to file a notice if:
    • your move will decrease the distance between your home and the non-relocating person’s home OR
    • your move will increase the distance between your home and the non-relocating person’s home by not more than 20 miles and will allow the child to remain enrolled in the child’s current school. 
    • Review Indiana Code 31-17-2,2-1 

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Response to Notice of Intent to Relocate

If a person seeking custody, parenting time or grandparent visitation with a child has given notice that they intend to relocate, the non-relocating person may have 20 days to respond. These forms might help  a person to respond.  Review Indiana Code 31-17-2.2-5

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