How do you go about filling out the FAFSA if I am divorced, and remarried? Does my ex wife/husband fill one out as well? Do we list our current spouses?

When parents are separated or divorced, the custodial parent is responsible for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived the most during the past 12 months. This may not necessarily be the same as the parent who has legal custody. If the child did not live with one parent more than the other, the parent who provided the most financial support during the past twelve months should fill out the FAFSA. This is probably the parent who claimed you as a dependent on their tax return. If you have not received any support from either parent during the past 12 months, use the most recent calendar year for which you received some support from a parent.

If you are not sure which parent's information to report, follow these rules of thumb:

  • If your parents are married, answer the questions about both parents.
  • If your parent is widowed or single, answer only the questions about that parent.
  • If your parents have divorced or separated, answer only the questions about the parent that you lived with most during the last 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, answer only the questions about the parent who provided most of your financial support during the last 12 months.
  • If your parent has remarried after being widowed or divorced, answer the questions about both your parent and your stepparent.
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  • If you have a legal guardian, you cannot use your legal guardian's information on your application. A legal guardian is not considered a parent in the financial aid process.
  • If you have foster parents, you cannot use your foster parent's information on your application. A foster parent is not considered a parent in the financial aid process.
  • If you were adopted, follow the instructions above for parents, based on your parent's current marital status.
  • Note: The following people are not considered parents on this form unless they have legally adopted you: grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, older brothers or sisters, and uncles or aunts.

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