Indiana Child is female 14 yrs old - Lived primarily with Mother from birth until age of 12. Father exercised all viable visitation he had, and he is a good father.
Mother remarried in 2010 and moved from Evansville, IN to a smaller town 10 miles further from father. Father pushed to have child in a private Catholic school from 1st grade on, so to keep all half siblings together (a brother and sister) mother converted to Catholic and enrolled other two children in Catholic school where they stayed until the move to smaller town. All children except daughter were exceptionally happy about the move and looked foward to the local public schools. Mother also now had 4 step-siblings, two sets of twins that are now the original childrens siblings as follows: LF(15)mothers, TO(14)dad,JO(14)dad,CR(14)mom.BF(12)mom,LO(12)dad,BO(12)dad. All children attend the Middle School, and the High School, excep CR whose father worked a plan through court proceedings with agreement of mother to allow CR to stay in the K-8 Catholic School as long as the father and mother can revisit and seriously consider the local public schools in the mothers county and Mother would make all accomodations to keep father at his current 1/2 time visitation and ensure he can be involved in school functions. Mother has promised to keep father over and over that she will make sure all discrepancies will be worked out.
Father has done a turn around and now is adamant to keep blowing 6000.00 a year plus to keep CR in Private school near her K-8 school. Mother believe CR needs to expand her horizons, meet more people, try new things, have access to new activities, etc which the public school will do. The new private school will keep her in her comfort zone. And Mother beleives this is detremental to CR, the child has always been shy and sheltered in a small school with all her friends. Now Dad wants to put her in a large private school where she may know 10 out of 800 kids. Mom wishes for her to enter the local high school where she will have 3 brothers and in two more years she will have 2 sisters and 1 brother in the same school. The first set can give her some comfort and knowledge without overprotecting her, and the second set she can give comfort and knowledge, all the while maintaining fathers time and access to school functions.
Father believes mother is a drug addict, whereas mother is a member of the Bar Association, Phi Theta Kappa, made Deans List, worked for the local Department of Child Services for the State, is married to a wonderful man she has known since high school, has 7 children, a home, cars, everything the children could want.
Father is unemployed and in school right now, his great aunt and parents pay for CR to attend private school - which I find unacceptable. If he cannot afford it himself he shouldn't do it.
Is there any case law in Indiana closely resembling this, I am having difficulty finding it? Any other advice would be so appreciated. Thank you to all who respond.