What is Primary Physical Custody?

Who does the child live with most of the time

Primary Physical Custody

Who does the child live with most of the time

Primary physical custody is a term used to describe the parent with whom a child spends or lives the majority of time.

Primary Physical Custody in Indianapolis

Typically when Indiana parents divorce, one parent has primary physical custody of the children. Primary physical custody means that the children live with one parent more than 50% of the time. This parent is known as the custodial parent, while the other parent is known as the non-custodial parent. In such a situation, the non-custodial parent often maintains joint legal custody of the children, even though the children live with the non-custodial parent less often.

What's the Difference Between Visitation and Parenting Time?

When one parent has primary physical custody of the children, the other parent is typically granted parenting time. In the past this was known as "visitation." Indiana changed the name of the time the non-custodial parent spends with the children from "visitation" to "parenting time" to reflect that the time a parent spends with a child should be time spent parenting. The change in the name also reflects the idea that both parents fill vital roles as parents to their children regardless of who the children live with the majority of the time.

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