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When parents divorce or separate, child custody is often the most hotly contested issue. However, child custody does not have to be determined by a judge. If the parents can work out a custody agreement on their own, courts generally will make the agreements part of a larger divorce decree or order, or just make the agreements part of an official child custody order.

In fact, courts favor parents working out custody and co-parenting agreements on their own. This is due to the fact that it is generally understood that parents know what is best for their child better than the courts do, and that the parents will sacrifice their wants for the needs and wants of their child.

Being married for a few decades may make it tougher to leave your spouse. (Or, it might have finally convinced you that you're just not right for each other.) Divorce is far from a young person's game, and older people seeking divorce may face some legal dilemmas their younger counterparts do not.

So here are a few tips and considerations if you're thinking about getting divorced in your golden years.

The Women's March on Washington is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 -- the day after President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in -- and is estimated to draw some 200,000 participants. While organizers stress they "do not intend to engage in any civil disobedience" and "expect all marchers to abide by all laws and any instruction of law enforcement," protestors may still have questions about those laws and instructions.

Reproductive technology has come a long, long way, and it does not seem to be slowing down. Unfortunately, the law has been unable to keep up the same pace, which has led to quite a bit of legal uncertainty surrounding embryo ownership and use.

If you are considering freezing your embryos, consider the following three legal issues before getting started.

Writers of fan fiction from time to time get cease and desist letters from studio in-house lawyers demanding that they take down their work. While many of the original creators don't pursue the makers of fan fiction, some do, since more often than not fan fictions are blatant copyright violations. Occasionally, fan fiction writers will produce parodies, but most fan fictions are derivative works that attempt to continue or build upon the original work. 

Copyright law generally protects the creator of a work of fiction from someone else coming along and stealing not just their exact words, but also their characters, settings, storylines, and even fictional space languages. However, many fans get so engrossed in particular works that they are compelled to create continuations or variations on their favorite stories.

If you're anything like us, the Save the Date cards are starting to pile up on the fridge, and you're trying to sort out your summer travel plans to attend all of the weddings you've been invited to. And if you're one of the happy couples sending out one of these notices, you're trying to sort out all of the last details for your special day.

But amongst all of the bridesmaids' dresses, groomsmen's ties, and flower and musical arrangements, don't forget there might be some legal details to sort out as well. Here are a few tips to make sure everything on your (legal) wedding checklist gets done.

The racial, economical, and social makeup of a voting district will often determine which party or candidate will get the most votes from that district. But the boundaries of electoral constituencies are not set in stone, and the party in power will often manipulate those boundaries to its own benefit.

Known colloquially as gerrymandering, the altering of electoral districts does have its legal limits, and those limits are currently being testing by North Carolina lawmakers, who, after a trial court ruled the state's legislative map had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered based on race, challenged that court's ruling that special elections with new districts were required to fix November's results. And now the Supreme Court has delayed that special election until it can review the court's ruling.

You probably don't realize that you've been paying for social media all this time that you thought it was free. No, you haven't been charged on a monthly basis. Instead, if you post pictures, videos, or any other content, you've been selling social media sites limited licenses to use your photos, and content, pretty much anyway they see fit. That's right, your favorite funny face profile pic could be emblazoned on an IRL (in real life) billboard next to a caption to sell the latest in fast acting laxatives.

While it is highly unlikely that any large social media site would go that far, most of their terms of service would allow them to. Generally, by agreeing to the terms of most social media sites, including photo sharing sites, users grant sites the right to use their photos for any purpose, including advertising, and even for re-licensing. This all means you might not be able to sue if you find out one of your photos got used unbeknownst to you.

Divorces are emotional. So are pregnancies. When the two occur simultaneously, the emotional rollercoaster can lead to legal rights being overlooked and abandoned. During pregnancy, for both divorcing spouses, there are specific legal considerations that need to be accounted for.

Raising a child is filled with unique first moments and bonding experiences. Because of this, scheduling bonding time with newborns and infants that require regular and frequent feedings can often create extreme tension. In addition to scheduling infant bonding time after the birth, figuring out the health care costs, and alimony, are the other big concerns.

Part of President Barack Obama's legacy will be normalizing America's relations and diplomatic ties with Cuba, ending a half-century of hostilities between the two countries. While that opens the door for more travel and trade between the two nations, it also means that some immigration windows are closing for Cuban citizens.

A two decades-old exception allowing Cubans who arrived on U.S. soil to gain legal residency, colorfully known as "wet foot, dry foot," is coming to an end, and Cuban immigrants will be treated the same as those seeking asylum from any other country.