Lots of divorced parents alternate the right to claim child-related tax benefits:  Mom gets the exemption in even-numbered years, and Father gets it in odd years (or vice versa). In 2021, the government passed the American Rescue Plan.  That gave a generous child tax credit to single filers with income under $75,000 and joint married…

Tell the Kids What to Expect Help your children prepare physically and emotionally for child exchanges by telling them what to expect: When For small children, a photo calendar on the refrigerator can be plastered with stickers that designate Mommy/Daddy days. For older children, an online calendar they can access from their electronic devices helps…

The Indiana Supreme Court recently published proposed revisions to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. Click here to read. Changes under consideration include: Child Exchanges If you bring someone with you, make sure that person doesn’t increase the level of conflict. Limit police station exchanges to parents with protective orders or a history of physical violence or…

Your kid just graduated from high school. Hurray! Good job. Now it’s on to college. She’s picking out dorm furnishings. He’s trying to convince you that he needs the newest electronics. Under Indiana law, your student became an adult on his/her18th birthday. But the high school probably didn’t treat you anydifferently when your child came…

Effective July 1, 2019: As of July 1, 2019, the law governing termination of child support has been modified. Under prior law, child support stopped on a child’s 19th birthday, unless the child was incapacitated.   This caused a problem for families with teens who were still in high school at 19. This modification is…

In the recent T.M.B. case, the parents squabbled over horse costs for their teenage daughter. Their original Court order required Father was to pay horseback riding fees and buy the child a horse and a saddle. The child grew passionate about horseback riding, but Mom and Dad couldn’t agree how much to spend on a horse.

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