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October 2016 Archives

Adoption through the foster system in Mississippi

Many people in Mississippi want to have a child of their own to love, care for and raise, and for some of them, adopting a child is a way for them to begin a family. Adoption is a noble act, but prospective parents should be aware that there are a number of steps on the path towards adopting a child.

A 'gray' divorce could cause a setback in retirement for some

Not every marriage is meant to last, no matter what your age. Mississippi residents may have heard of the term "gray divorce," but may not know what it means. A gray divorce is one in which the parties are over age 50. In fact, the divorce rate of those over age 50 has increased twofold from 1990 to 2010. These late-in-life divorces can have a significant impact on a person's ability to support himself or herself, often pushing the individuals involved, particularly women, to delay retirement or even re-enter the workforce.

How is spousal support handled in Mississippi?

It goes without saying that getting a divorce affects a person not only emotionally, but also financially as well. Some spouses in Mississippi may be concerned about how they will support themselves after the divorce, particularly, if they were not working while married or if they earn significantly less than their ex. For this reason, sometimes, a court will order one party to pay alimony, also known as spousal support, to the other party.

When can the Mississippi child support guidelines be rebutted?

It goes without saying that, whether a child's parents are in a relationship, raising a child costs money. If a child's parents are divorced, in general, the noncustodial parent will pay child support to the custodial parent. Mississippi has statutory guidelines that determine how much child support a parent will owe. However, per Mississippi Code, Section 43-19-103, there could be a deviation from the guidelines under certain circumstances.