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0 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Myself and my husbands only son was adopted by my father and mother in law. One year later they sent him back home.

He has been home with us for over 4 years with no help from adopted parents. Can we receive child support for child since he is in our home and they did legally adopt him?

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Personal Injury for Mississippi on
Q: Investigater lied on stand they said I took my child on burglary I never had burglary charge. They said neglect educati.

They lied on court papers .they just took my kid before they did any investigation. And then lied about him haven someone to go with .they said I neclected education. He is 12 in 6th grade. They are traumatizing me and my child . I was aressted then charges dropped. But there court papers say... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Investigater lied on stand they said I took my child on burglary I never had burglary charge. They said neglect educati.

They lied on court papers .they just took my kid before they did any investigation. And then lied about him haven someone to go with .they said I neclected education. He is 12 in 6th grade. They are traumatizing me and my child . I was aressted then charges dropped. But there court papers say... View More

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Apr 28, 2024

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Constitutional Law and Elder Law for Mississippi on
Q: Is there an atty in MS who will take on cps & help grandparents-without fear of retribution from youth court system?

Grandparents being given misinformation after showing interest in fostering twin grandchildren who were addicted to cocaine at birth. CPS created repeated delays in court sessions on transferring infant children to grandparents custody. CPS requested that grandparents not get foster license because... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the difficulties and frustrations your family has been going through trying to gain custody of your grandchildren. The delays and misinformation from CPS sound extremely stressful and concerning.

To answer your question directly - yes, there are absolutely...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Mississippi on
Q: What happens after protective ordrs are over.. Do you have full parental rights back
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

After a protective order expires, whether you regain full parental rights depends on the specific circumstances and conditions of the order. In some cases, the expiration of a protective order may automatically restore your parental rights to their previous status. However, if there were underlying... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: If alcohol monitoring is ordered in temporary hearing and all tests are passed can it be removed in final decree ?

My ex has a more experienced lawyer than I can afford and she brought into the hearing a public intoxication charge. We are granted joint custody with a breathalyzer during my weeks . I’m fine with it and doing great but I’m terrified in mediation or trial he will attempt to keep this order... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

In Mississippi, the conditions set forth in a temporary hearing, such as alcohol monitoring, can be subject to modification in the final decree. If all alcohol tests during the temporary period are consistently passed and there are no further concerns about alcohol abuse, it's possible to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: In Mississippi, am I legally allowed to take my son out of the state either temporarily or permanently?

For a bit of background my son is now six years old, and the father has had no contact since he was approximately three months old. We were also never married, and there is no custody order in place given he chose to have no involvement. Does he need to be notified and/or give permission if I... View More

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jan 5, 2024

Yes, you can take your child anywhere you want and for however long you want so long as you don’t have a court order preventing from doing that.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Can I be charged with kidnapping or any other crime in Pennsylvania for bringing my son home if his home state is MS

If I go get my son back from Pennsylvania where my wife has taken him can I be charged with kidnapping or any other crime from the Pennsylvania side the childs home state is Mississippi also assume there was no physical confrontation between me and my wife I go to Pennsylvania I get my son and I... View More

William R. Wright
William R. Wright
answered on Nov 26, 2023

I am not aware of all of the facts, and since I am not your attorney, I hesitate to give you advice on that question. I will say, hypothetically, that if there is no court order, I don't see how you could be charged with kidnapping. Again, I don't know all of the facts, and I am not your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Criminal Law and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: My wife took our 1 yr old son to PA from MS because I wanted a divorce what would happen if I went and took him back

Mississippi residents I know there's no issue with a parent taking the child out of state without permission if there is no custody order so does that mean I can also bring him home from Pennsylvania since my wife and son are still Mississippi residents and we're still married she refuses... View More

William R. Wright
William R. Wright
answered on Nov 24, 2023

You are correct. Since there is no order in place, either parent may take the child wherever he or she wants. However, it is a bad idea for you to go to Pennsylvania and take the child back to Mississippi against your wife's will. There very well could be a physical confrontation that could... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: Can CPS terminate a parent's rights for no reason
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answered on Nov 14, 2023

No, CPS (Child Protective Services) cannot terminate a parent's rights for no reason. CPS can only terminate a parent's rights if there is evidence that the parent has abused or neglected the child. Abuse includes physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Neglect includes failing to provide... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: I have printed the complaint form for professional misconduct but should I submit this without representation now?

I need to file against the attorney and her firm. She was fired, no one informed me. She appeared to court hearings without informing me but instead told me that I did not have to appear since I am in another state and the other party was not doing what the judge wanted. Her law firm took over... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 19, 2023

To file a complaint against a lawyer for professional misconduct in Mississippi, see this website:... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: What visitation does the step mom have for my ex being deployed. He has no custody of our 10&13 year old?

My ex husb just left for deployed and has sense accused me of parent alienation because I havent sent the kids to his very recently married wife. They married 3 days prior to him mobbing. I know in MS step parents don't have rights and I'm ok with them going over if the want too. My... View More

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 24, 2023

The stepmother has no visitation rights. To send or not send the children to the stepmother for a visit is solely within your discretion. Your ex’s claim of parental alienation is without merit and meaningless.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: I need to know about how to go about getting custody of my son

So my ex wife who me and my boyfriend were living with for about two months around this time last year along with my son she was pretty cruel to us she kicked us out so she could have my son and ever since then I have been begging her she slanders me I am also the birth mother I didn't abandon... View More

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 10, 2023

Your case is far too complicate to adequately answer your question in this forum. Additionally, I don't believe you have provided all information necessary. For example: if there is no court order giving your ex custody, and you are the birth mother, you could possibly gain assistance from... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Identity Theft for Mississippi on
Q: If I voluntarily sign my parental right away can I go back and fight for them later on
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 18, 2023

No. A termination of parental rights is final and forever.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Does child support still stand in Mississippi if parental rights were terminated in court and no visitation was granted

Maternal Grandmother has custody.

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Apr 17, 2023

Visitation and child support are separate issues. The lack of visitation does not mean no child support is owed. Conversely, withholding of visitation does not relieve the parent of the obligation to pay support. If the parental rights of the parent are terminated by court order, the obligation to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: This guy is paying child support and the mother of his child want let him see his daughter what can he do ???
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Mar 10, 2023

The father should hire an attorney and file an action for visitation rights. If he already has court ordered visitation rights he should file a contempt action and ask the court to incarcerate the mother, reimburse attorney’s fees and costs, and enforce the previous order. Short of that, he is at... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: My brother signed over rights to his child and was supposed to be adopted by the moms new husband. His last

Name was changed and all. DHS keeps taking money out of my brothers paycheck. If he was adopted after my brother signed over his rights, would DHS get a copy sent over once he was adopted to stop taking money out of his checks? And if not, how could they change the child’s last name without being... View More

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

DHS would not automatically receive a copy of the adoption Order. If your brother has a copy, he should take them a copy or contact the caseworker and them that one was entered. However, if your brother was behind on his child support at the time of entry of the Order, he is still responsible for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Would the custodial parent or non-custodial parent of a juvenile would be responsible for paying fines for probation?

Our child committed a possession of controlled substance; a marijuana vape on school campus and was arrested in the state of Mississippi. He was fined $250 to pay for drug screening and the custodial parent is stating that I'm responsible as well for the fine. This happened while in the... View More

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Dec 8, 2022

You don’t say which court found him guilty or give his age. If he was found guilty in Municipal, Justice, County, or Circuit, that tells me that he is not a juvenile. The Court will look to your son to pay the fine, not either of the parents, custodial or not. He committed the crime, so he pays... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Mississippi on
Q: If you are legally prescribed suboxone by a doctor can a judge refuse custody an visitation due to taking it

I took a drug test and that was the only thing in my system and I go to a doctor who legally prescribes the suboxone to me

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Dec 5, 2022

If the Judge finds that you are not taking the medication as prescribed, he/she can deny custody or restrict visitation. If you are monitored by a physician, take the medication as prescribed, have had no relapses in your original addiction, and have not had any adverse incidents, you will probably... View More

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