They say marriages are made in heaven. No one knows how long their marriage will last but once reached the breaking point, the couple decides to separate. Separation means that the married couple is simply living apart. The law does not require a married couple to live together. A Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation isn’t a divorce. A benefit of a legal separation is that it is the last chance to save a marriage by revising spouses’ mistakes and coming to an agreement.
Nowadays people get divorced daily. The reasons can be different but the result is always the same in the couples that already have children. The most important question that arise during and after the process of divorce is, who is going to have custody of the child/children.
Child custody is a legal term that defines the relationship between the child and the parent, where the parent has the right to make decisions for the child and take care of him/her. The decision with which parent the child will reside is made, based on the child’s best interests. That means that the interests of the parents, child’s wishes and child’s relationship with each parent are taken into consideration. Sometimes, people other than child’s parents can obtain custody, including relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, close family friends, or other people who wish to get custody of a child. It is usually called “non-parental” or “third party” custody.