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What are the types of custody arrangements in Indiana?

In Indiana, like in many other states in the United States, there are various types of custody arrangements that can be considered when determining the best interests of the child. These custody arrangements can include:

  1. Physical Custody:
    • Physical custody refers to where the child resides and spends their time. In Indiana, physical custody can be awarded to one parent (sole physical custody) or shared between both parents (joint physical custody).
  2. Legal Custody:
    • Legal custody pertains to the authority to make significant decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. This includes decisions about education, healthcare, religion, and general welfare. Legal custody can be awarded to one parent (sole legal custody) or shared between both parents (joint legal custody).
  3. Sole Custody:
    • Sole custody can refer to either sole physical custody or sole legal custody – or both. In a sole custody arrangement, one parent has exclusive control and decision-making authority over the physical and/or legal aspects of the child’s life.
  4. Joint Custody:
    • Joint custody can also refer to either joint physical custody or joint legal custody. In a joint custody arrangement, both parents share decision-making authority and responsibilities related to either the physical or legal aspects of the child’s life. It does not necessarily mean equal time-sharing but rather a shared responsibility for decision-making.

Enforceable custody arrangements in Indiana are determined by the family court system, and the decisions are made based on the best interests of the child. The specific arrangement in each case can vary depending on the circumstances of the family and the court’s evaluation of what is most beneficial for the child’s well-being.

If you are involved in a custody dispute or seeking a custody arrangement in Indiana, contact Treptow Law today!