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Title: Custody: formal/informal, in Indiana
Post by: dewsanddamps on February 06, 2015, 03:02 PM
I have a minor living in Indiana who's in the care of his grandmother. Neither parent has contested this arrangement.

1) Would there have to be a formal/legal change in custody so Grandma can sign school forms and so on?

2) How would Grandma get legal custody when neither parent contests, but both are absent?

3) If a parent decides to re-enter the picture but Grandma has formal legal custody, does a parent have to go through a legal process to regain custody? Anybody know what that's called or how long it takes?

 :thankyou

(I did try Google, but there are so many disclaimers on legal advice that I got mostly disclaimer, and not much advice.)
Title: Re: Custody: formal/informal, in Indiana
Post by: CyndyHenzel on February 08, 2015, 03:40 PM
Custody would be decided by a judge, I assume. If both parents are absent, I wouldn't think that would be a problem. If the grandmother is granted legal custody, a parent would have to go to court to restore custody to the parent. Courts tend to decide in favor of what is best for the child (in their opinion).
Title: Re: Custody: formal/informal, in Indiana
Post by: dewsanddamps on February 08, 2015, 05:44 PM
Thanks, Cyndy.