Know what to expect when divorcing in Mississippi

A divorce can be stressful, even if it's something that you want. There are steps you'll have to take to separate your assets and debts, and you'll also have the mental stress of ending a relationship.

You will need to look into the legal steps to get a divorce in Mississippi if you have just moved to the state or if you are not familiar with the rules and regulations. For example, did you know that you can only divorce in Mississippi if you've been a resident for at least six months? If you haven't yet lived in the state for six months, you have the option of seeking a divorce in your previous state of residence or waiting until you've lived in the state for six months.

Seek help to set up the right custody arrangements for your child

Child custody is a difficult topic for parents to approach during a divorce. Even if two people no longer want to be married, the likelihood is that they each have their own positives when it comes to being a parent.

With any child custody concern, both parents should consider their options before deciding on a parenting plan. Most states now prefer parents to share custody so that their child or children get to spend time with both parents as equally as possible. This is extremely beneficial for children, particularly when their parents are both supportive people.

Missing child found safe with biological mother in Mississippi

When children go missing, there is nothing more terrifying for their parents. Sometimes, the kidnapping was expected, though, like in the case of parents who have made previous threats to interfere with child custody or consistently failed to return children to the other parent on time.

That's what happened in this case out of Mississippi. A teen who was missing from Charlotte County was discovered in the state after being reported missing from her home in Port Charlotte by her guardian.

How to make the most out of visitation time with your child

When you are used to seeing your child every day, abiding by a visitation schedule can feel disappointing or frustrating. Sometimes it may even feel like a limitation on your relationship with your child. However, it is important to remember how your current custody arrangement benefits your child and make the most of the time you have with him or her.

Be present and on time

Here's why you need to choose the right defense attorney

If you are charged with a crime, one of the first things you'll want to do is hire an attorney with experience in the area of law that your charges are in. For example, if you face federal charges for fraud, you'll likely want an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense, specifically in fraud or federal charges.

Being charged with a crime is serious, and you should not take it lightly. Although it may not seem like a significant problem now, having a criminal record can close many doors on your career and make it harder for you to live in the future. Serious charges could result in convictions that put you in prison for years at a time, taking away your freedom and rights.

Your attorney has the knowledge to help with your divorce case

No two divorces are alike, and that's why it's a good idea to ignore the advice that anyone other than your attorney attempts to give you. While your friends and family may have your best interests at heart, the reality is that they don't know all of the factors that could affect your case.

When you're ready to file for a divorce, it's important for you to gather information regarding your assets and any reasoning for your divorce. For example, if you want to file for divorce based on adultery, you should bring evidence of your spouse's adultery to your attorney's office. You should also bring a list of assets, so your attorney can review it and tell you if there are other assets that you should be looking for.

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:

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