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  • Using Separate Funds for the Family Does Not “Commingle”
    Using Separate Funds for the Family Does Not “Commingle”

    Many people think that using funds which are clearly separate property “commingles” the separate property fund itself. This is not the case. Any funds taken from a separate account become commingled ...

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  • Who Pays Cost of Visitation Travel?
    Who Pays Cost of Visitation Travel?

    Many people ask what the law is on bearing transportation costs when a parent moves, particularly the custodial parent. The answer is that there is no law; it is up to the judge. Ballard v. Ballard , ...

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  • If You Get a Divorce Summons, You Better Get to a Lawyer Right Away!
    If You Get a Divorce Summons, You Better Get to a Lawyer Right Away!

    Legal proceedings are started with the filing of a written “Complaint.” The Complaint is then “served” upon the defendant by a person over 18, along with a written, legal command to appear in the suit ...

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  • Don’t Ignore Past-due Divorce Obligations
    Don’t Ignore Past-due Divorce Obligations

    Sometimes people wait on going to court over divorce obligations. Waiting longer than 7 yeans can prove costly. Under Mississippi Code Annotated section 15-1-43, [a]ll actions founded on any judgment ...

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  • Children Cannot Sue for Alienation of Affections
    Children Cannot Sue for Alienation of Affections

    “Alienation of affections” is a court-created claim in Mississippi for spouses to sue the lover of their spouse for ruining the marriage. Most states have dropped this claim, but Mississippi has held ...

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  • Alimony: the Landscape Has Changed
    Alimony: the Landscape Has Changed

    Fifteen years ago, a mother of three, married to a physician for 25 years could be almost certain of receiving permanent alimony, but not anymore. Ironically, this change seems to stem from the ...

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