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Child custody: 'Tis the season to be jolly?

What's there not to be jolly about during the winter holidays if you're a child? School is out, endless hours of fun, lots of holiday treats to eat and presents to open. But if you're a parent who is going through a divorce or recently ended a relationship, the winter holidays present a whole new set of anxieties aside from the stresses of holiday mall shopping. You're fretting about what you're going to do about child custody especially during the holidays.

Filing for legal separation vs. divorce (part 2)

The previous post discussed filing for legal separation or for divorce has similar legal effect. Both actions divide debt and property, award child support or spousal maintenance (alimony) and establish a parenting plan (determination of a residential schedule or legal custody).

Filing for legal separation vs divorce (part 1)

Whatever the reason may be, more often than not I suggest filing for divorce. It is not because I am a sadist and enjoy seeing a once, happily married couple struggle through the painful ending of their relationship. It is because, practically speaking, filing for divorce can be more efficient and cost effective than filing for legal separation. Unless being legally separated is preferable for religious reasons, health insurance coverage, military benefits or other purposes.

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