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Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
You should use this form packet if:
Please keep in mind that the term "Parenting Time" has replaced the term "Visitation" in Indiana Child Custody Law. You can find a copy of the Parenting Time Guidelines at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/rules/parenting/. You may also refer to IC 31-17 for detailed information about this topic.
Forms are available in two formats: (1) electronic fillable, and (2) printable. If you prefer to type your answers on the computer in an easy-to-use questionnaire and then print completed forms, choose the electronic fillable packet. When you answer the questions, the forms will be filled in automatically. If you prefer to complete the forms by hand following printed instructions, choose the printable packet.
Once the packet is completed, you must print the forms, sign the forms, make copies, and take them to the Clerk of the Court. Review your local court rules to find out how many copies you will need, and any additional forms or procedures required in your county.
By law, court records are available to the public, and upon request anyone can look in almost any court file. Courts that have the ability to post court information on the Internet may post non-confidential court information on the Internet. The law also provides that certain information must remain confidential even if it is part of a court record. Such confidential information must be filed on light green paper so that everyone can easily identify it and not release it to the public. It is important that you know what information is confidential and that you submit it to the court on light green paper.
Confidential information that should be filed on green paper includes:
You must file one version of the document on white paper WITHOUT the confidential information included, and you must file another copy of the same document, but this time you have to print it on light green paper WITH the confidential information included. Before you file your court papers, review the list of information and documents that are confidential as outlined in Administrative Rule 9.
To file a copy of this packet that excludes the confidential information, you may:
Watch the chapter(s) on preparing for your hearing in the video Family Matters: Choosing to Represent Yourself in Court.
Before you go to Court, you should review the Child Custody statute (IC 31-17) and the Indiana Parenting time Guidelines so that you know what evidence you need to present to the Judge.
Sometimes, the Judge will make his or decision right away. Sometimes you will have to wait for the decision to come in the mail. The Judge might sign the order you provided or issue one of his or her own. If it has been several weeks since the hearing and you have still not received an order in the mail, call the Court and ask for a copy.