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Divorce Archives

How does one appeal a divorce judgment in Mississippi?

Many people in Gulfport know that when you disagree with a decision made by a court, you can often appeal the decision to a higher court. This principle applies to divorce judgments as well as other legal rulings. This blog post will provide some basic information about appealing divorce judgments.

Divorce may have financial and other benefits for spouses

In Mississippi and across the country, divorce is often portrayed in a negative light. While the circumstances of a divorce can be unfortunate or even tragic, many of the consequences of a divorce can be positive for a Mississippi spouse. It is important to set the record straight so that Mississippi spouses have a more complete view of the pluses and minuses of divorce.

Divorce may help you financially

Generally, when people think of divorce, they picture the possibility of going into financial debt and losing a significant number of assets. However, this is not always the case. In fact, a divorce can actually have some financial benefits. If you have already decided to split from your spouse, consider the following.

What leads to divorce in Mississippi?

Traditionally, when a spouse files for divorce, that spouse will cite "grounds" - a reason - for the divorce. Depending on the specific circumstances of the divorce, one or more grounds may be available. Our readers should be aware of the various grounds that may be available for any specific divorce situation.

What are the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement?

Asking a Gulfport couple to think about a prenuptial agreement may seem like asking them to think about their eventual divorce, and thus prenuptial agreements are not usually thought of as a romantic topic of conversation. On the other hand, many couples know that they could benefit from a prenuptial agreement. So, what are the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement?

How can a divorce decree be modified?

At the conclusion of a couple's divorce process in Gulfport, the judge will grant a divorce decree. This decree includes terms governing property division, alimony, child support and child custody. The decree will either be one agreed to by the divorcing parties or one imposed by the judge if the two parties cannot agree. Under normal circumstances, the decree will be binding on both parties moving forward.

MS woman seeks ruling that she is parent of child born to ex-wife

As same-sex marriages become more common, so do same-sex divorces. The familiar rules that govern marriages and divorces are being twisted and pulled as gay couples attempt to resolve complex issues of custody and parentage. After being divorced from her wife, a Mississippi woman is facing such an issue in her appeal of a trial court ruling that she is not the legal parent of a child born to her wife during their marriage.

Tax consequences of divorce in Mississippi

Divorcing couples in Mississippi worry about child custody and support, alimony and division of their joint assets. An issue that is frequently overlooked in many divorces is the income tax consequences of payments mandated by the divorce settlement or court decree. This post will provide a summary of the provisions that affect post-divorce income taxes paid by almost every divorcing spouse. Both the State of Mississippi and the Federal government tax personal incomes, but the tax code provisions that are pertinent to divorce are nearly identical and will not be discussed separately unless necessary.

How do Mississippi courts divide marital assets in a divorce?

One of the most crucial questions in almost every divorce is "how will the court divide the couple's property and income producing assets?" In the case of Ferguson v. Ferguson, the Mississippi Supreme Court established eight guidelines to assist chancery courts in making this decision. The guidelines have subsequently become known as the Ferguson Factors, and they are used in every divorce case in which the spouses cannot agree between themselves on how to divide their property.