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Date: 09-06-2022

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J.L. V. M.M.

Case Number: 22A-PO-512


Court: Court of Appeals of Indiana on appeal from the Superior Court, Allen County

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Description: Fort Wayne, Indiana family law lawyers represented Petitioner and Respondent relating to the issuance of a protective order.

J.L. ("Father") appeals the trial court's grant of an order for protection filed by M.M. ("Mother") for the protection of Z.B.M.L. ("Child"). Father argues that Mother failed to demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence that domestic


or family violence occurred and that Father was, at a minimum, entitled to supervised parenting time. We conclude that the trial court did not err by granting the order for protection. The trial court, however, erred by prohibiting Father from having any contact with Child and denying Father parenting time for two years under the protection order. Accordingly, we affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand for the trial court to allow some supervised contact and/or therapeutic parenting time between Father and Child until this matter is addressed in the paternity action.

Father raises two issues, which we restate as:

I. Whether the trial court properly granted the order for protection.

II. Whether the trial court erred by eliminating Father's parenting time rather than ordering supervised parenting time.

"Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded." J.L. v. M.M. (Ind. App. 2022)


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