Many families in Gulfport, Mississippi, may, at some point, decide that they want to expand their family by adopting a child. Such an opportunity can change multiple lives at once, creating unique family dynamics but also creating a loving environment for many children. Adoption is a big step and there are many decisions that need to be considered in the process.
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.
When the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, it turned over a new era in personal taxes. There have been many changes to personal taxes to be filed for the year of 2018. One change has occurred to Mississippians who are (or who will be paying) alimony to their divorced spouse. Beginning New Year's Day, those who pay alimony will no longer be able to claim it as a tax deduction.
Many family matters can be handled within the home, finding a resolution that works for everyone. However, not all family matters are that simple. For example, in instances of divorce or child custody, having a legally binding resolution can be best. Without a family law decision in place, it is tougher to hold all parties accountable for their responsibilities and actions.
When a romantic relationship goes south, it can have different implications for different people. If a relationship also involved children, the result can create a very different home environment compared to the one they are accustomed to. This can have farer reaching effects than just the parents or child. It could also impact a child's relationship with their grandparents.
The adoption process can dramatically improve the lives of both children and parents in Gulfport. However, in order for the adoption process to be successful, the parties must follow all legal requirements for adoption in Mississippi.
Grandparents play an important role in the lives of children across Mississippi. The relationship they have with their grandchildren is an integral one in many kids' lives, as they provide advice, guidance, love and stability that a child cherishes. When the parents of the children divorce, it can end up impacting their relationship and leave a large hole in the lives of kids already struggling emotionally to come to terms with the end of their parents' marriage.
In many states, spouses may choose to live apart and yet, for one reason or another - health coverage, for example - not seek a divorce. The rights and duties of each spouse can be formalized in a legal separation agreement in some states. Such an agreement sets out the financial and other obligations of each spouse, and in the event of a breach, may be legally binding. But, not in the Magnolia State.
If Mississippi residents were asked to list the top 10 stressful situations a person could be in, having to go to court would probably be near the top of many people's lists. This would likely be especially true for family law court, where issues such as child custody and property division are handled. It's good to be prepared for court; many people find that this reduces their stress levels.
Let's take a look this week at a subject that concerns many Gulfport couples who, for any number of reasons, are in a committed relationship but are not married. How does family law in Mississippi treat these unmarried couples?