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Military Family Separation Allowance

Mississippi service members are entitled to military allowance packages, which give them tax-free compensation for living costs. Allowances provide financial assistance for any services or facilities not provided by the military, including housing, subsistence, cost of living, clothing, overseas housing and family separation. Service members with dependents may qualify for a Family Separation Allowance (FSA) depending on their circumstances. To be eligible for FSA, service members must be subject to an enforced family separation under one of four conditions.

Can filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy stop foreclosure?

Many homeowners in Mississippi have fallen behind on their mortgage payments and are now facing the possibility of losing their homes. Most lenders are unwilling to allow for a short sale or loan modification. Rather, they will begin the foreclosure process as soon as possible.

Gulfport teen faces manslaughter charge

Teenagers face manslaughter charges after fatally shooting his little brother in the stomach. The 16-year-old was arrested and charged as an adult with one count of manslaughter. He allegedly attempted to scare his 6-year-old brother, while the child was sitting on top of a washing machine playing a video game. When the gun failed to go off, he pulled the trigger again, firing the fatal shot.

U.S. Army Family Advocacy Programs

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women has been physically abused by an intimate partner, including those in Mississippi. Domestic violence is at the root of many divorces and military divorces are no exception. The Department of the Army's policy is to prevent spouse and child abuse, protect and treat victims of abuse and train personnel to intervene in abuse cases. To accomplish this mission, the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Programs were established.

Military members face serious consequences for DUI offenses

In any circumstances, a driving under the influence (DUI) charge can carry a host of negative consequences. Jail time can keep you from showing up to work. Even employers who might ignore your missed work may have policies about employees getting convicted of crimes. Many people lose their jobs over criminal convictions. If your career is in the United States Military, the potential consequences are even more severe.

What is the benefit of pleading no contest?

Most Mississippi criminal trials settle out of court through negotiations. These negotiations often result in plea bargains, which are negotiated agreements involving exchanges regarding a defendant's charge, sentence or facts of the case. The terms of plea bargains often entail a defendant pleading guilty or no contest in exchange for a less serious charge or a lighter sentence.

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