Custody: Get the help you need to resolve custody conflicts

Mississippi is a state that has joined the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which gives you the guarantee that the state will recognize your support order even when it's made in another state. The state adopted this act in 1982, making it easier for parents to trust the state's legal system in upholding their current arrangements.

One thing that is different about Mississippi compared to some other states is that it does not consider the child's wishes during a court case. The best interests of the child are always the most important factor in any custody case, but the courts don't specifically allow a child to make their case or detail their preferences.

How can you help kids through a divorce?

While many parents want to help their children through a divorce by encouraging them to adapt to the situation, there are some children who will not do well with the pressure they're dealing with. As a result, they may need more specialized help.

One type of support that you may want to look into is therapy. Up to 25 percent of children who go through divorce have lasting issues as a result of what they've gone through. Even the more amicable divorces can cause children great stress, so it's not surprising that there could be lasting emotional and behavioral consequences.

What is parental alienation, and can you fight it?

If you and your ex-spouse are working on a parenting plan or going to court over the custody of your children, one issue that may come up is the possibility of parental alienation. Parental alienation is a process by which one parent psychologically manipulates a child into not wanting to see the other parent, showing hostility toward them or acting out against them.

Parental alienation is a real factor in many child custody cases, and it is damaging to children and parents alike. Oftentimes, it's a parent who does not want their ex-spouse to be a part of their life or their children's lives that will take steps to harm the relationship between the ex-spouse and their children.

The far-reaching effects of a felony conviction

If you’re accused of a federal crime, you’re likely worried about the immediate penalties. These can include both financial repercussions and prison time.

However, what many don’t realize is that a felony conviction in Mississippi can carry a hefty cost long afterward. Here are some of the biggest effects of a felony conviction:

These 3 faults can be used during a divorce

Divorcing in Mississippi is similar to divorcing in any other state. There are grounds you can use to file for an at-fault divorce, and there are no-fault options. Many people want to know more about the faults that they can apply to their case, since a fault could allow the divorce to finalize more quickly.

Some of the common faults used in divorce cases include desertion, adultery and impotency. These three are important and distinct.

Woman faces federal lawsuit over vandalism of Dakota Access line

If you follow the national news, then you remember the major concerns that came with the Dakota Access oil pipeline. So many people wanted to prevent the construction of the pipeline that there were many cases of vandalism and other criminal acts.

A woman is facing a federal lawsuit after the pipeline developer filed a $1 billion federal racketeering lawsuit. She was among millions of people who also wanted to stop the construction of the pipeline, but her story is different. While she's been charged with a crime and has admitted to vandalizing the pipeline in two states, her attorney states that the oil company isn't able to prove that she is part of a criminal enterprise.

What should you know about custody in Mississippi?

There are some questions you may have if you are living in Mississippi and have to decide on child custody arrangements. First, you want to know that you and your ex-spouse will share the care of your children together, even though you're not still living together. You also want to know that your child custody orders will be held up between states, should anything happen.

To start with, it's a wise choice to talk to your attorney about custody laws that have recently changed or that could affect your case specifically. However, there are some basic rules of custody in Mississippi that you can learn more about. For example, did you know that Mississippi has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)? Thanks to this, you know any custody arrangements will be held up in the state and in any other state with the UCCJEA.

Know the true role of protective orders

Sometimes, people find themselves in dangerous situations. They may have family members they don't get along with or could be in a situation where they're at risk of being hurt if they don't leave or have the aggressor restricted from seeing them.

Protective orders are there for people in those situations. Protective orders are often used in family law cases, especially when there is a risk of abuse or harm coming to a family member or child. Restraining orders, as protective orders are also known, can help legally restrict a dangerous person from coming into contact with their supposed victim.

Choosing joint custody: Understand what it means

Child custody arrangements are an important factor in any divorce case. When you have a child with another person, there's usually a good chance that you and your ex-spouse will share custody (unless there are significant reasons to disallow the other parent in your child's life).

For most people, the thing that will work best is called joint custody. Courts like joint custody, because both parents maintain a relationship with their child. In the majority of situations, both parents are good parents, so they should have joint custody to remain as prominent in their children's lives as possible.

How do you help your adopted child adjust to their new home?

When new parents bring their bundle of joy home from the hospital, they need time to bond, figure out the baby’s schedule and adjust to the sleep deprivation an infant often brings to the home. As an adoptive family, regardless of the age of your adopted child, you need time to adjust too. Certain steps can help your transition.

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