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I am in the USAF...
I am in the USAF and I have a deceased brother who has a 11 year old daughter who''s mom would like for me to have legal custody of. Me and my ex sister in law have both agreed this arrangement would be best for my niece. How do we go about making my niece my legal dependent?
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Thanks for your question. You would have to file a petition for custody in Indiana here. The mother would sign a consent to custody here. You may need a lawyer to prepare the petition and the consent for the mother to sign.

You would then appear in front of a judge for a short hearing. This is akin to an uncontested divorce. You just go over your petitonf ro the record and the judge signs the orders giving you custody here. This way you ar eprotected if mom one day wants to change her mind and come get the child you will have legal rights here. Good luck to you here..


Here is the Indiana State Bar Lawyer Referral Service



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Thanks alot, I really appreciated your help.
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You're welcome and good luck hee..
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