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What Happens When You Divorce After 50?
Free Legal Aid provides useful information about child custody. In addition to the video here, be sure you check out other resources.
A separation isn't the same as a divorce. Separation means that you are living apart from your spouse, but you’re still legally married until you get a judgment of divorce from a court (even if you already have a judgment of separation). check to learn more.
Whether parents and their attorneys resolve a child custody matter out-of-court through negotiation and agreement, or the custody decision is made by a family court judge, the overriding focus in any custody case should always be on a solution that is in the child's "best interests." check to learn more.
Some unmarried couples have joint legal custody over their children. This means that both parents to whom the joint legal custody refers have the legal authority to make such decisions. One of the most common conflicts pertaining to child custody occurs when one parent wants to relocate with the child. check to learn more.
Once you have decided to seek a divorce, choosing your lawyer will be the most important decision of your divorce process. The following material will guide you in your development of a list of all your needs, with specific suggestions to help you make the evaluation. check to learn more.
If you and your child’s other parent are separating, start by reading this section. It will give you information about how children cope with their parents’ separation, what children of different ages need, and how to write a parenting plan that is best for your children and your family. check to learn more.