What are a Child’s Basic Needs in Indiana?

According to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (1) a Child’s basic needs include the following:

“To insure more responsible parenting and to promote the healthy adjustment and growth of a child each parent should recognize and address a child’s basic needs:

  1. To know that the parents’ decision to live apart is not the child’s fault
  2. To develop and maintain an independent relationship with each parent and to have the continuing care and guidance from each parent
  3. To be free from having to side with either parent and to be free from conflict between the parents
  4. To have a relaxed, secure relationship with each parent without being placed in a position to manipulate one parent against the other
  5. To enjoy regular and consistent time with each parent
  6. To be financially supported by each parent, regardless of how much time each parent spends with the child
  7. To be physically safe and adequately supervised when in the care of each parent and to have a stable, consistent and responsible child care arrangement when not supervised by a parent
  8. To develop and maintain meaningful relationships with other significant adults (grandparents, stepparents and other relatives) as long as these relationships do not interfere with or replace the child’s primary relationship with the parents.”

These needs are important to recognize and understand for several reasons. When discussing parenting time the parents must know that not just the physical welfare but also the emotional welfare of the child is of utmost importance.

Each parent should be able to demonstrate that they are able to meet these basic needs of the child by being flexible as well as consistent with their time spent with the child and ensure that any conflict between parents does not cross over into the relationship with the child. Keeping these needs in mind when discussing holidays, vacations, and other yearly events will make for a better and easier time planning a parenting time schedule.


GUIDELINES. (n.d.). Retrieved September 8, 2015


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