What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Indiana Several people have stated on here that in the state of Indiana that a teen has the right to refuse visitation. Could someone please tell me where it is stated in the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines? Unless there has been an update on the guidelines I do not see anywhere in them where it states that a child or teen should be allowed to make that decision. Yes as children move into their teen years they may very well have a very busy schedule. Since when should this restrict a parent’s responsibility to be there because they are not the parent the teen lives with?
One line that I did find in the guidelines states this: In no event shall a child be allowed to make the decision on whether scheduled parenting time takes place.
Modification for parenting time can be filed by a parent if there are issues with the existing order but I still feel that both parents should have to go by the agreement that is in force until it is changed. Nowhere does it state in the law books that a person can just disregard a current court order.
I also think that decisions based on actual fact and not hearsay should be taken into consideration when judges interview children or teens in chambers.
The statement was also made at 16 they can decide, again where does it state this? I think for a parent to say that they cannot force their teen to go with the other parent is a cop out. What happened to teaching kids respect? Respect for parents, respect for the law.