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Legal Custody, Physical Custody, Sole Custody, and Joint Custody - What's the Difference?

The term "custody" often has very different meanings to different people. For instance, what one person considers to be a "joint custody" arrangement may not be joint custody at all, at least from a legal perspective. So, let's take a look at how Indiana law defines different types of custody.

Paternity Affidavits - Should I Sign One? What Does It Mean?

Indiana, like most other states, allows parents who are not married to establish paternity for their child without having to go to court. Parents can sign a paternity affidavit at the hospital within 72 hours of their child's birth, or they both can go to the local health department in the county in which the child was born and sign a paternity affidavit. Both parents must sign the paternity affidavit in order for it to be legally valid.

Expungement Under Indiana Law

Indiana Code § 35-38-9 provides the requirements and procedures for expunging arrest records and certain criminal convictions. Expungement allows eligible individuals to essentially "erase" these records and be able to answer truthfully on job applications and other documents that they have never been arrested or convicted of a crime. Having your arrest and criminal conviction records expunged can greatly improve your job prospects by removing records that might show up in a criminal background check. Expungement also can help clean up your driving record and save you from the potential embarrassment of having to disclose a past arrest or conviction.

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