Category Archives: Custody

Mississippi Father’s Rights Recognized by Court

In Henderson v State (September 2014), the Mississippi Court of Appeals overturned Mr. Henderson’s kidnapping conviction because, although he was not the biological father of the child he was accused of kidnapping, he should have been recognized as having father’s … Continue reading

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Mississippi Unmarried Father’s Rights – Establishing Paternity Is the First Step

Research shows that children with involved fathers, even when the father does not live in the same home, exhibit better socio-emotional and academic functioning. These children have fewer behavioral problems and increased scores in reading achievement. Under Mississippi law, an … Continue reading

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Grandparent Visitation and the Law

Mississippi’s statutory laws specific to grandparent visitation are found in Miss. Code Ann. §§93-16-1 et seq.  Although grandparents may find avenues elsewhere in the statutes to support a claim for visitation, the grandparent visitation statutes can be an excellent place … Continue reading

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DDD – Dating During Divorce

If I am not living with my spouse and the divorce has been filed, can I date?  Absolutely not.  Mississippi does not recognize any form of legal separation.  You may not be living with your spouse anymore and you may … Continue reading

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I Lost My Trial— Now What?

It goes without saying in most court proceedings that when the smoke clears after a trial or hearing, there will be a winner and a loser.  If you are disappointed in the trial judge’s decision, is there anything you can … Continue reading

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Why Are Guardians Ad Litem Appointed?

Many people are surprised when, during the course of their case, a guardian ad litem is appointed by the judge.  What is a guardian ad litem?  A guardian ad litem is defined “a guardian, usually a lawyer, appointed by the … Continue reading

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Mediate Not Litigate!?

Divorces come in many forms.  Not only do requirements vary somewhat from state to state, and even community to community, they can vary in how the proceedings are handled.  For example, as shown in this article, http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/20489940/austin-law-firm-offers-divorce-resort couples in Texas … Continue reading

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Joint Custody – Feasible in Your Situation?

Often the most important and hotly contested issue in divorce is the custody of children.  Divorcing parents are rightfully concerned about the care and custody of the children.  You may have heard of “joint custody” as an option where neither … Continue reading

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For Friends and Family

When someone you care about is in a failing marriage, it is human nature to want to support them and help them though the rough times. However, your “support” may unintentionally add stress or additional problems for your loved one. … Continue reading

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Grandparents – do they have any rights at all?

In the ever increasing age of grandparents raising grandchildren, what rights do grandparents really have?  Do they have any at all?  What happens if grandparents have raised a grandchild for any length of time and suddenly a biological parent appears … Continue reading

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