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Gulfport Family Law Blog

Emotions shouldn't come between you and a divorce resolution

They say the process of a divorce can be one of the most life-defining experiences of a person's life. To initiation a dissolution of marriage process is literally initiating a process in which a person opts to end their marriage. This means the end of something old and the beginning of something new. Sometimes the truth of this reality can bring up a lot of emotions for both parties involved.

Emotions are normal and part of the spectrum of human reaction. However, it can happen that emotions can become a hindrance and get in the way of a person's end goal. Getting caught up in webs of emotions can cause a person to get distracted, to disengage or to otherwise become overwhelmed with any change. There is a way to push those emotions aside in order to move forward.

Change in income and child support amounts

When you're on a career path, there are sometimes diversions or unexpected events that can alter your course. When a person gets laid off or they have to take a temporary pay cut, it can really throw a wrench in their plans. It can also impact a parent's ability to meet the terms of their child support agreement.

One of the first things that a parent might think of when taking a pay cut or losing their job is how will they be able to pay their child support obligations. Of course, parents want to do everything in their power to ensure that they support their child. Financial support is a huge part of that. If a parent's income changes, they can petition the court to modify the original child support order.

How does active duty impact a military divorce?

Military members sacrifice so much for their country. Being on active deployment can be the toughest time for military members and their families. This is because active deployment is usually characterized as a period of time when the military member is way from their family. If you and your spouse are involved in the military, you might wonder how active deployment could impact divorce proceedings.

The answer is, it depends. Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a military member can postpone or suspend certain civil actions while mobilized or deployed for active duty. It covers all military service members from the date they enter active duty through 30 to 90 days after active duty date of discharge. Some people choose to continue with divorce proceedings during active duty deployment, but others would prefer to wait until they are discharged from active duty.

R. Kelly leaves jail after $161k back-owed child support was paid

Did you know that those who fail to pay child support could potentially be sent to jail for failing to meet their court-ordered child support obligations? Such was the case for R&B star R. Kelly who has been in the news lately as the focus of a variety of accusations, including failure to pay back-owed child support. Being jailed for failing to pay child support is rare, but it can happen.

It's not yet known who posted the $161,000 payment to release R. Kelly from custody. Because of this, it's not clear whether the back-owed child support was paid by him or on his behalf. The speculation about whether a 3rd party payed the child support is because the bail posted recently for different crime charges was paid by someone else, not by R. Kelly himself. No matter who made the payments, however, the children will be glad to receive the financial support to which they are entitled.

Every child custody arrangement and parenting plan is different

Being parents to a child and living in separate households has certain challenges that parents who live together do not experience. Generally, these parents are not in a romantic relationship with each other, although they can still co-parent. This type of arrangement is usually in the best interests of the child. However, every situation between parents and children is different.

Child custody arrangements are built around a family's unique needs and situation. For some families, a split custody arrangement is ideal, while for others one parent may not have custody rights. Instead, they could be working to meet other qualifications required by the court to be able to receive a child custody determination that is favorable to them in the future.

Review of adoptions in Mississippi

While family law sometimes gets a reputation for being all about the end of homes and relationships, one of the most important things family law courts do is create new families through the adoption process.

Like the other states, Mississippi has a set of statutes and other rules which apply to adoptions in this state. The rules are designed to allow children to be placed with loving adoptive parents when there is a need while at the same time protecting both the interests of those children and the rights of their biological parents.

Unforeseen child medical expenses and child support

When it comes to your child's health, there are few things higher on a parent's priority list than ensuring that their child's health is in a good place. When a child has an unforeseen medical emergency, injury or illness, it can be a stressful time for all involved. As a parent, you can feel helpless if your child is suffering a medical incident and you are at the mercy of healthcare to make them well again. When you are sharing costs for raising a child in separate households, how are those expenses handled between the parents?

You likely already have a child support agreement in place per your child custody arrangement. However, what you may not know is how unforeseen, and often expensive, medical costs are for your child. Much of this can be decided per state law. Some state laws require that each parent pay a percentage of the costs per their income. This would be based on monthly income, also known as the income shares model.

Don't be daunted by your high asset divorce

Marriage comes with the joining of two people's lives and likely everything that comes with it. However, divorce is literally the opposite of that process. It's the disjoining of lives and the process of becoming a single person again. It can be done, and it can lead to a positive result with the right effort.

High asset divorce can bring particular anxiety to those looking to get a divorce. This is because much attention is put on the financial separation of the two people. Keep in mind, a divorce is meant to be fair and equitable. However, that doesn't always mean split right down the middle.

What topics are covered in a child custody arrangement?

Maybe you gave birth to your child knowing full-well you and your child's father would be co-parenting from separate households. Or maybe a custody arrangement is new, as you and your child's parent are getting a divorce. Maybe you just found out that you are the father to a child. Either way, a child custody arrangement is something that can and should be determined, with the best interests of the child in mind.

The topics that a child custody often covers is physical and legal custody, child support, division of duties etc. Determining who has physical and legal custody of a child covers most of the small issues that affect a child's everyday life. It's possible that parents can split physical and legal custody, or it may be awarded solely to one parent. Regardless of who has custody, both parents are expected to financially support the child, even if they do not have custody rights in the best interests of the child.

Mississippi grounds for divorce could add one more in 2019

Our state has come under scrutiny for some of their divorce and marriage laws. However, these decisions are traditionally left the state, so it is within the state's jurisdiction to decide the laws on these matters. There are currently 12 grounds for divorce here. A bill has been authored that would include one more, if approved.

A ground for divorce essentially means, a reason. To file officially for divorce, a couple or a person must cite a specific ground as the reason for seeking a divorce. The bill would allow those seeking to get a divorce to list separation without cohabitation for three years or more, as grounds for divorce. Specifically it would read: Willful and continued separation without cohabitation, with the intent not to return or resume or otherwise continue the marital relationship, for not less than three (3) years. Either party may have a divorce based on this cause.