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June 2017 Archives

Child custody in military divorce: family care plans

All divorcing parents should create a parenting plan outlining the child's primary residence, a schedule for parenting time, holidays, transportation and other factors. It is especially important for divorcing military parents to create such an agreement given the possibility of reassignments and overseas deployments. While civilian parenting plans and military family care plans are similar in many ways, there are some special considerations for military couples.

Two Gulfport men arrested for drug trafficking

An investigation into drug trafficking in South Mississippi led to the arrest of two men. According to the complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the men are facing criminal charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Both men are from Gulport and were arrested by agents on Community Road.

Defending a charge of domestic violence in Mississippi

There are several acts that constitute domestic violence in Mississippi including emotional, psychological, sexual and physical abuse. The elements of one form of domestic violence - physical abuse - are similar to those of assault, as discussed in a previous blog post. The difference between assault and domestic violence is the alleged victim. If a simple assault is committed against a spouse, family member or someone who had a dating relationship with the accused, it generally constitutes domestic violence.

Supreme Court to consider legal rights of lesbian parent

A woman has filed an appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court, challenging the lower court's ruling that she is not the legal parent of a child born during her lesbian marriage. The woman's ex-wife conceived their son with sperm from an anonymous donor and was granted physical custody. The woman who filed the appeal is seeking more than "in loco parentis" status; she wants to be legally recognized as the child's parent.

Facing a creditor lawsuit? Bankruptcy may be the answer

It doesn't take much to push you into debt. Many people start out their professional careers already carrying substantial student loan debt. From there, you add credit card debt, a mortgage and maybe a financed vehicle. You're only one serious illness or accident away from being in financial trouble. Any situation that could result in missed work and lost wages could make you unable to make your monthly minimum payment. When that happens, you could quickly find yourself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from one of your creditors. You only have a few options.

Is filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy the best option?

Upon making the difficult decision to file for bankruptcy, one is faced with determining whether filing under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 best suits their individual situation. It is best to make this choice following an examination of the benefits and disadvantages of each plan. Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be the best option for those who are seeking to avoid foreclosure, those who are prepared to make payments over a longer period of time and those who need to refile for bankruptcy more than once every six years.

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