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.
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.