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March 2016 Archives

What factors might a court consider when determining alimony?

In Mississippi, it used to be the case that alimony -- financial payments made by one spouse to another after a divorce -- was a means to punish a man who had committed some sort of marital fault against his innocent wife. However, this is no longer the case. First of all, either men or women may be ordered to pay alimony, also known as spousal support. Moreover, it is no longer issued as a punishment. Instead, it is based on the financial needs of the receiving spouse and the ability of the supporting spouse to make such payments. It may be paid either periodically or as a single lump sum.

Legal custody and physical custody in Mississippi

When parents in Mississippi divorce, they may find themselves facing the sometimes difficult position of working out child custody and visitation terms with their ex. In general, in Mississippi two types of child custody that parents will need to resolve are legal custody and physical custody.