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Gulfport Family Law Blog

Child support awareness month shines light on Mississippi kids

When it comes to you child, there are no lengths you would not go to in order to make sure they are taken care of. When money and budgets are tight, it can certainly make it tougher to get your child everything they need or want. When a parent is a single parent, this can limit incomes and budgets even more. There are ways to expand budgets by petitioning the child's other parent for child support.

Since the month of August is Child Support Awareness month, it seemed like a great time to discuss the possibilities. According to recent studies, Mississippi is the state with the most underprivileged kids. This is based on high rates of children living below the poverty line, food insecurity, infant mortality and lack of health insurance. A child support decision can help with that, as the child's parent's income can help to offset the costs of raising a child.

Are you concerned for the outcome of your child custody dispute?

Parents do not always see eye to eye. This can be especially true if, like so many families today, the parents are not in a committed relationship with each other. It's not necessary to be in a relationship with your child's parent in order to effectively parent. However, it can take a little more effort to agree on a child custody plan that works for everyone involved.

While everyone is considered in the final child custody plan, there is one person who matters above the rest. That person is the child. Child custody arrangements are made with the best interests of the child in mind. If parents can make a child custody decision and parenting plan based on that premise, it could resolve a child custody dispute more quickly.

We assist those dealing with child custody matters

Every parent does all they can to provide and protect their children. This bond is a powerful and special thing, but it also makes it that much more difficult to go through tough times such as a divorce. The ending of a marriage is hard when it's only the two partners involved. When children enter the picture, however, the emotional stakes are significantly raised. That's why it's so important to have knowledgeable and compassionate legal guidance on your side.

At Maggio Law Firm, PC, we understand the enormous stress and uncertainly that come along with a divorce. That's why we approach each situation with the empathy it deserves. There are many different factors that are considered in matters of child custody and several different types of categories. Whether legal custody, physical custody, temporary custody, or permanent custody, our law firm will help you navigate the potential changes in the situation as the divorce progresses. It's important to consider the entirety of a family in these matters. Emotions can understandably run very high in these situations but letting them get the best of your can have a negative effect on you and your family. With our thorough understanding of the law, we can help you progress through the steps of divorce and find a way to achieve a positive outcome that will benefit you and keep the best interests of your children squarely in view.

Military families need help with family law issues too

There are two big issues in which military families often turn to legal experts to help them resolve family law issues. The first is divorce. The second is child custody issues. If you are in a military family and are looking to get divorced and have children, you and your family will need to have decision on both issues.

With the divorce process, there is usually a lot of focus on the aspects of property division. With military families, things can be trickier if there is a pension or an imbalance in training and salary abilities between spouses. When it comes to benefits received by military members and their families, the kids will never be barred from the benefits that military parents(s) receive due to their active or past military service. Ex-spouses however can lose those benefits in a divorce if they were not enlisted.

How property is divided in Mississippi during divorce

One of the primary concerns divorcing couples may have is how their property will be divided. To help avoid conflicts surrounding property division, it is helpful to understand how the process is conducted. Property is generally divided into two categories when couples divorce including marital property and separate property. Marital property is subject to division, while separate property typically is not.

Property that is generally subject to division, or marital property, includes property the couple acquired during the marriage. Separate property, or property not generally subject to division, includes property one of the spouses entered the marriage with, gifts, inheritances and personal injury awards. Property can sometimes be considered co-mingled so it is helpful to be familiar with that term as well and what it refers to.

Change to tax status of alimony set to occur on January 1

When Gulfport spouses are considering whether to file for divorce, it is common for them to be told to take their time and think if it is the right thing for them. But a major federal tax change means that people considering divorce may wish to make a decision fairly quickly. This is because of a forthcoming change in the tax implications of alimony. The change is set to take effect in 2019.

Currently, alimony payments are deductible from taxpayers' income for purposes of computing federal income taxes. Taxpayers' taxable income is reduced by however much they pay in alimony each year. This means that alimony-paying taxpayers currently pay less in taxes than they would if they earned the same amount but didn't pay alimony.

What issues are important in a Mississippi military divorce?

A military divorce is just as complicated as a civilian divorce. There are, however, special requirements and rules that apply to service members and their spouses when they divorce. This is because while most divorces only involve state law, military divorces also involve federal law in addition to the law of a state like Mississippi. What does this hodgepodge of state law and federal law mean? It means that there are some issues that must be given special attention in a military divorce.

First of all, military family law sometimes restricts when a divorce involving a service member can be filed. A service member cannot begin or be the subject of divorce proceedings while he or she is on active duty. Further, a court may rule that a service member cannot begin or be the subject of divorce proceedings for 60 days following active duty. This allows service members to concentrate on defending our country.

Helping you with your request for spousal support

No marriage is perfect. Relationships have their ups and downs; however, if there are more bad moments than good, it is likely that spouses will want to call it quits. This is no easy decision, though. Maybe the idea of parting ways and starting fresh does sit well with both spouses; however, the process to get from married to single can be complex and emotional one. Difficult decisions must be made, and divorcing couples in Mississippi and elsewhere often do not see eye-to-eye on them.

Finances are a major hot button during dissolution. Not only do divorcing spouses need to sort through assets and property, spousal support might be requested. At Maggio Law Firm, P.C., our legal team understands how important alimony can be to a spouse post-divorce. Thus, we are dedicated to helping spouses in the Biloxi area understand their rights to seek an alimony award.

Late-in-life divorce could affect one's retirement

Divorce between spouses reaching the age of retirement is becoming more common in Mississippi and nationwide. Coined as a gray divorce, older couples seeking a divorce will face issues their younger counterparts may not. One issue is how divorce will affect their retirement.

The Center for Retirement Research reports that divorce could impact a person's retirement. According to the CRR, as of right now 50 percent of households in the United States may not be able to keep up the standard of living they had while working once they retire. However, this risk is seven percent higher for households that have gone through a marital dissolution.

How the child custody process works

Developing a child custody plan that is in the child's best interest is of utmost importance, but before parents begin negotiating custody it is helpful for them to understand what that means, how it is determined and how the child custody process works, generally.

The family law process is designed to help families going through a divorce promote the interests of their family when determining the best child custody and visitation agreement for them. The focus is always on what is in the best interests of the child and the family law process considers a variety of factors to determine that and is always available to help families reach child custody arrangements.