Handling visitation when a child doesn't want to go

Normally, children are happy to see their parents. Even after a divorce, many revel in the time they get with their parents. For some, though, visitation is a problem.

Children may not legally refuse visitation time, but yet some fight tooth and nail to avoid seeing the other parent. If that's happening with your child, here's a few things you should consider.

Collect important documents before mentioning divorce

Preparing for a divorce is just as important as talking to your spouse about getting one. Before you ever have that conversation, it's a good idea to start taking steps to collect information that can help you in court.

While many people talk about divorce and then go on to collect copies of financial documents, assets and other important items, the reality is that you will have more time and cooperation getting those documents if you can get them before you discuss divorce.

Why is co-parenting used in some custody cases?

When parents divorce, they have to come up with a plan for child custody. This isn't always an easy process. Parents who get things figured out sooner rather than later might help their children to feel more stable during the divorce.

There are many different parenting arrangements that might come with a child custody order. One of these is co-parenting. Here are some frequently asked questions about this style:

Those facing wire fraud charges need to think about a defense

Most people living and working in Mississippi put in years of hard work to build a successful career. In many cases, this means years of higher education combined with more years of hands-on training while advancing through their chosen industry. Unfortunately, we have seen all this hard work go down the drain when allegations of wire fraud arise.

It is crucial to understand that wire fraud is a federal offense that comes with serious repercussions upon conviction. As such, being charged with these crimes requires a strong federal criminal defense strategy. In the business community, people are often dumbfounded when they learn they are facing wire fraud charges. Usually, this is because in business, the line between lawful and unlawful transactions can be blurry.

What you need to know about adopting a child in Mississippi

Congratulations on your important decision to adopt a child and expand your family! Now that you have decided to move forward, or even if you are still only considering adoption, you need to know how the process works in Mississippi. Fortunately, it is not as difficult as you may think to add a child to your household.

The sections below contain information about each step in the adoption process.

Why is "gray divorce" booming?

Late last year, we saw rankings of the states with the highest divorce rates. Mississippi did slightly worse than average, coming in with a divorce rate of 3.4 per 1,000 people. The rate is 9 percent higher than the national average. So that’s not too bad.

More recently, we saw an article about an age group that is seeing a divorce boom: Baby Boomers. So-called “gray divorce” (a divorce involving anyone age 50 or above) now accounts for one out of every four divorces. It makes people wonder why so many older couples are ending their marriages.

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