Category Archives: Custody

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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You’ve Been Served !?!?

When you receive any type of court papers, the first thing you should do is carry those papers to a lawyer to determine your rights.  One of those rights is the right to be properly served. Just because you know … Continue reading

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Judicial Orders Are Not Requests!

During divorce proceedings (especially when children are involved) the court may require that you, your children, or both meet with court representatives or other professionals. It is critical that you attend any ordered meeting, as your failure to do so … Continue reading

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