Which parent's information is reported on the FAFSA in a divorce situation?

In this case, how you fill out the FAFSA depends on whether your parents live together or not.

Keep the following in mind as you read this section:

  • For FAFSA purposes, your married parents are separated if they are considered legally separated by a state, or if they are legally married but have chosen to live separate lives, including living in separate households, as though they were not married.
  • When two married persons live as a married couple but are separated by physical distance (or have separate households), they are considered married for FAFSA purposes.

Divorced or Separated Parents Who Do Not Live Together

If your parents are divorced or separated and don’t live together, answer the questions about the parent with whom you lived more during the past 12 months, regardless of which parent claimed you as an exemption for tax purposes.

If you lived the same amount of time with each divorced or separated parent, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months or during the most recent 12 months that you actually received support from a parent. 

Divorced or Separated Parents Who Live Together

If your divorced parents live together, you’ll indicate their marital status as “Unmarried and both parents living together,” and you will answer questions about both of them on the FAFSA.

If your separated parents live together, you’ll indicate their marital status as “Married or remarried” (NOT “Divorced or separated”), and you will answer questions about both of them on the FAFSA.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/parent-info#divorced-separated

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Article ID: 21310
Created
Thu 12/8/16 10:33 AM
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