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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: if child in MS don't further their education after high school and get a full time job do child support stop? if not why
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 13, 2024

If the child reaches 18 years old and either does not finish high school or does not go beyond high and does not get a job, then the Court can declare the child emancipated for the purposes of child support, which would then stop the child support payments.

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 Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: My ex doesnt receive the full amount I pay in why is it because she receives food stamps and medical through the state

The full amount I pay in child support

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jan 17, 2024

If she is receiving state benefits the State will take their portion. Just make sure you are paying what you are ordered to pay, and you will be ok.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: Yes my daughter will be 20years old this November. And I was told she had actually moved out of hermoms @17 still paying

I'm still paying child support.shouldnt it have stopped by now?

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

In Mississippi, child support obligations typically continue until the child reaches the age of majority, which is 21 years old in this state. However, if the child is emancipated or has moved out of the custodial parent's home and is financially independent before reaching the age of... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Mississippi on
Q: Is my 20 yr old a minor under MS law in my divorce papers?

For my 20 yr old full-time college student, I receive child support through the state and estranged husband maintains health insurance for her and 23 yr old son. Do Iist the 20 yr old as a minor as the MS age if majority is 21?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 8, 2023

A 20-year old is a minor in Mississippi.

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 Support for Mississippi on
Q: What should I do if I have a court order but have never received any support. My child is 18
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Mar 14, 2023

You should hire an attorney and file a contempt action against him for failing to comply with the court order. You would ask for payment of the arrears, incarceration of the other parent, and reimbursement of attorney’s fees, court costs, and other expenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Can I sue my child's dad for child support?

My daughter's dad hasn't paid child support and he's not on any court order to pay any. I just want to know my options

Ashley R. McKnight
Ashley R. McKnight
answered on Mar 22, 2023

Paternity would need to be established before filing against him for child support. Once the Court determines he is the biological father, child support may be awarded based on a certain percentage of the father's adjusted gross income. The percentage will depend on how many children are involved.

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 Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: If my baby mother gets an apportionment of my VA disability check isn't that considered child support

She get a check on the first of every month

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jan 9, 2023

The quick answer is that the money taken from your disability money in the name of your child is child support. You do not say if there is a court order in place and, if so, what it says. That information is necessary to say whether the apportionment satisfies any directive from the Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Can a parent be put on child support without a social security number
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jan 8, 2023

Your question is confusing. Whose social security number are you referring to…the child or the parent?

Once a person is determined to be the biological parent of a child, that person can be ordered to pay child support.

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 Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Why would a child support case go to court when the mother requested support?

Would it be because the mother is 20 years younger then the father?

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

Your question answers itself. One reason that a child support case would go to court IS because the mother requested support. It has nothing to do with the age of either parent. The second reason that a child support case would go to court is because the mother received benefits from the State,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: My son is now 18. But his dad owes 11,000 in arrearage through DHS, who has not been enforcing. What are my options

His original payment was based on unemployment income years ago. He makes significantly more money the last few years and DHS said o

It was supposed to increase three years ago when I asked for a review and they sent him letters but never followed through. He has three storage buildings... View More

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

A couple of things is going on here.

1. If your son is 18, what is he doing as far as school, employment, living arrangements, etc. he may or may not be emancipated.

2. If he is not emancipated, you should hire a private attorney and file for an increase in support. DHS usually...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: If my children want to be emancipated to help me get off child support what are my options?

My daughter is 19 and my son is 22 i still have to pay child support to they mom, my children live together in Iowa I live in Mississippi and my children's mom lives in Florida my children get no support from their mom. My children have been living on they own for 1 and 1/2 years now. My son... View More

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

Because your children are living independently from your ex-wife and your son is over 21, you should petition the court immediately to stop the child support and grant you credits toward any arrearage for the months that they have been living separately from her. They will not do this... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Immigration Law for Mississippi on
Q: Does my husband have rights if he’s illegalHere 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... View 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, Child Support and Military Law for Mississippi on
Q: I’m a military spouse. I have full sole custody of my 10-year-old son. I currently live in Italy until 2024.

I have custody papers I would like to know if they are still good even though i moved to another country. His dad has visitation and also signed for him to have a visa to live in Italy. He gets him during summer time June-August. He shares visitation with my parents who live in the same state as... View More

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answered on Oct 1, 2022

They are still valid, though they may not address your current situation. If your payments are going trough Child Support Enforcement, they can gather the information needed to reevaluate support. DHS is not involved in child support. Child support ism modifiable in all states based on changes of... View More

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 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... View More

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