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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Mississippi on
Q: Does my husband have rights if he’s illegal Here during a divorce

I’ve been in a relationship with my husband for 13 years and have been married to him. I caught him being unfaithful more than 7 times with different women. He isn’t legally here in the USA. His green card expired and he has no passport stamp. I want to get a divorce because of his infidelity... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Oct 1, 2022

His immigration status should not affect the distribution in the divorce, although you can try to make such a claim. I don’t believe it will get you very far though. Any questions specific to his status should be directed to an immigration attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: If I get custody of my children will I still have to pay the arrears?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Oct 1, 2022

Yes, you still have to pay any arrearage that has accrued. Child support cannot be forgiven once it has vested; however, you may be able to receive credits against the arrearage, depending on the circumstances. Whether you are entitled to credits is entirely up to the Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Can my husbands ex wife serve me his child support modification documents?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Sep 28, 2022

The requirements for a process server are: 1. 18 years or older, 2. not convicted of a felony, 3. not a party to the lawsuit. So, the answer is yes, if the ex-wife meets these requirements.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Mississippi on
Q: Does adultery have any persuasion in a divorce in Mississippi

A married female friend was caught having an affair. Does that mean she is entitled to nothing in a divorce?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Sep 23, 2022

No, it does not mean that she is entitled to nothing. The court can grant the divorce to the husband on the ground of adultery. The court will then move to apportioning the property, awarding custody, and setting support in accordance with the prevailing case law. That is not to say that the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: How do u swap from joint custody too full custody?

My friend has join custody with her ex who lives in AL she is married and in MS now the child is 4 and was enrolled in school in MS but his parents and him have not returned her home after there week with her what can my friend do cause her daughter is missing school here in MS and they are keeping... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Aug 21, 2022

Your friend should consult with an attorney as soon as possible about taking steps to have the child returned to her. Once the agreement is given full faith and credit in Mississippi, it can be enforced and modified here.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: My ex is trying to stop me from seeing our 5 year old daughter an has her around her new boyfriend,what do I need to do

I've been paying child support since she was born an I'm on the birth certificate,an she is making my daughter think that I don't won't to come see her but she won't let me,she took off with her an left her home an had her around her new boyfriend the next day,an I... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Aug 21, 2022

You need to hire an attorney and file a paternity action, asking for your rights as a father, including visitation rights. Do not go through DHS because they cannot handle the visitation issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Mississippi on
Q: Can someone take your service dog? Even if it is granted by a judge? We have proof that the dog is emotional support dog

A ex gave me a dog for a gift and I had the dog for a service dog/emotional support dog, he came back 8 months later wanting the dog back, then took me to court and the judge granted him the dog. The judge and his dad is best friends. I have all the vet bills and etc, it’s micro chipped under my... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Aug 20, 2022

You can appeal the decision to the next level. If the original trial was in city court or justice court, you will be granted a new trial at the next level with a new judge.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Mississippi on
Q: how can we get court docs on a past domestic violence conviction? in MS

He seems like he really wants to have a second chance in life, but we need to know his past.

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Aug 4, 2022

Go to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the charges were filed, give the deputy clerk the defendant’s name and the case number. They will make you copies of the file at a cost to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: I have a Mississippi child support order for two child, one of the children just join the military.

Does the child support stop for that one child that join the military?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 30, 2022

Not necessarily. If your child support order specifies an amount for each child, I.e., $200 per month per child for a total of $400 per month, then you would be safe to reduce your child support by the amount designated for the child that has joined the military, if he/she has joined the full... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: Me and my boyfriend have had his granddaughter since the day she was born, no support

His daughter was pregnant her boyfriend was in jail it wasn't his he said he will not raise it so she asked us to raise it as ours when the baby was born she gave us a signed nerdrise document stating we had sole custody of her and was responsible for her well being because he's not had... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Without a court order, she would be able to take the child if law enforcement will help her take the child from you. That is a big if because most will not get involved in these matters. You should immediately file an action in the chancery court of the county where you live, alleging that she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: Would automatic sole custody given to unmarried mother be considered the same as order/decree giving 1 parent custody?

I’m asking information about TYPE 1 in MS code 93-63-3. (grandparents visitation) I am aware there is a TYPE 2.

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 23, 2022

No. There is no true automatic custody. For the father to have court ordered visitation, someone has to have court ordered custody. I would advise you to contact an attorney. As I stated before your questions are more than can be adequately answered in this forum.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: What’s the process of changing a minors (4yrs) whole name?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 23, 2022

You will have to file a petition in chancery court in The county where the child lives. The petition will have to provide the court with the present name of the child, the proposed new name, and the reason for the change. The petition will need to be signed by the parents of the child or notice the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: What will be done about these 4 errors on a complaint for grandparents visitation?

1- STEP-grandfather is named as a plaintiff 2- Under section 93-63-3, grandparents can only seek visitation if a court enters a decree or order awarding custody to (1) parent of the child or terminating the parental rights of (1) of the parents of the child or whenever (1) of the parent dies. - I... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 22, 2022

The issue of grandparents’ rights is much more complicated than can be fully discussed here.

1. The step-grandparent can be a named party. Second, you have quoted only a portion of the statute.

2. Visitation rights can also be awarded if the grandparent can show that a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: What's the appropriate term to us for give up rights other than abandonment
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 23, 2022

A parent can voluntarily relinquish their parental rights, which may be accepted by the court given the right circumstances.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Can the father of a 9 month old release all rights to the child under certain circumstances?

The mother is extremely irrational, irate, and narcissistic. Child is being held over the fathers head and used as a tool to emotionally attack the father. The father is being stalked, harrsssed and bullied online by thousands of people.

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 20, 2022

A father can voluntarily relinquish his parental rights; however, none of the reasons you have given would allow for a termination. The reasons may be a reason to change custody of the child to the father if he is suitable in other respects. However, if the mother agrees to the termination, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: I’m from Mississippi, so if my daughter gets a full time job instead of going to college. Does my child support stop?

It says till 21 unless emancipated, does a full time job count as emancipation?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 19, 2022

If your child reaches the age of 18, graduates from high school but does not go on to college, and becomes employed full time, you should file a motion to terminate your child support. More than one emancipation event will have taken place; however, an attorney cannot tell you will 100% surety that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: What does it mean when my child support case has been referred to the legal dept. with child services?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jul 6, 2022

It means that it has been referred to the attorneys for collection through court action.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Do I have any rights I've been in a child's life for the last 5 yrs now I can't see him anymore bc mom with a black man
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 30, 2022

If you are not the biological parent, we’re not married to the other parents, and have not been awarded any visitation with the child through a court order, you do not any any rights to the child. I’m very sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: It’s been a year and state child support office isn’t making my kids father pay full amount that’s court ordered?

I hired a private lawyer in 2020. July 2021 our court order was signed by my childrens father. His payments are suppose to come out his check through the state from his job. But it’s been one whole year and the payments are still not right. I have been to the child support office almost every... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You would probably do better to take all of your paperwork to a private attorney and let him/her review it. The private attorney will be better able to spend the time on trying to determine what is going on with your case. If the court order states a specific amount each month for current support,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Mississippi on
Q: Incorrect year of car on ticket for throwing out a cigarette on highway

Cost and can it be dismissed because of incorrect info on year of car

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 26, 2022

No, they will simply amend the ticket to show the correct year.

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