Divorce Dictionary L

LEGAL CUSTODY

the authority of one parent or both parents to make legal decisions regarding health, education and welfare of the child.

LEGAL SEPARATION

a legal lawsuit for support while the spouses are living separate and apart.

LITIGATION

the process of fighting a legal dispute in the court system.

LUMP-SUM ALIMONY

a spousal support that is ordered to be paid in a fixed amount. The completion of the payment may be made in installments. (see spousal support section).