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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 Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: How do I adopt a child I’ve had custody of for 2 years?

I have had custody for 2 years. My sister is a drug user who was in a dangerous position and we got my Neice. My husband and I want to adopt her but do not know where to start? Do we need an attorney? She’s in agreement (at the moment). She’s had no physical contact with her in months. She goes... Read more »

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Aug 5, 2022

Here's what you need to do:

1. Fill out the petition and send it to the Circuit County Court in the county where you live.

2. Obtain the mother's permission. If the parent is emotionally or financially unfit, or if the parent has abandoned the child, Florida law may allow...
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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 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
V Julia Luyster
V Julia Luyster
answered on Jul 22, 2022

I do not practice law in Mississippi and this is not legal advise. However, another word for "giving up your rights" is to relinquish your parental rights, to terminate your rights. I hope that whatever situation you are facing that you are well.

Julia

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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 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 Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Can a 3rd party take temporary custody of my child without any proof of neglect or abuse?

The court has issued temporary custody of my child on allegations of child abandonment and neglect however failed to provide any proof of this and I am restrained from having any contact with them until my next court date on Friday.

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

You do not say which court entered the order removing your child. The Court will usually err on the side of protecting the child on an emergency basis, but evidence had to have been presented to cause a Judge to make such a ruling. However, the hearing on Friday will be an opportunity to test the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Does a 16 year old father have rights to his child

I got pregnant by a 15 year old when I was 17 and he turned 16 and I turned 18 before the baby was born. His mother thinks she has rights to our child because he is a minor and is asking for joint custody. What rights and responsibilities does he have being a minor, what rights does she have and... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 3, 2022

You and the father have the same rights and responsibilities as any other parent. However, it is going to be complicated by the fact that he is a minor due to his dependence on his parents for financial support, food, shelter, as well as his disability of minority. However, this does not give his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: No matter the situation when filing child support will the woman always win if the man was abusive in the relationship?

The man was physically and mentally abusive. Will the woman win full custody for this reason no matter what.

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

One of the factors that the court will take into consideration is whether violence has been perpetrated by either party during the relationship, especially if children were present at the time. Our case law and statutes are clear that the party who is found to have been violent during the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Grandmother has full custody of 8 week old baby. Both parents in prison. Grandmother wants to sign baby over to someone.

Grandmother is already taking care of 5 children & can’t take care of an infant. She wants to find a good family to give full custody to. Can she do this without parents signing anything also? G’mother is in Louisiana and new family would possibly be in MS

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

Because the child is a resident of Louisiana, Louisiana statues would govern; therefore, you should contact an attorney licensed in that state.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Can I get emergency child custody of a 16 year old whose parent abandoned him.

The mother abandoned him as well as his 3 other siblings whom I am the father of and moved to TN.

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

I am unclear about whether you are the father or stepfather was of the child in question. You don’t say anything about the natural father being present in the child’s life, so I will assume he is not. You may petition the chancery court in the county in which the child lives and ask for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: He has been mailed out 2 contemp courts letters this the second one this year he was ordered 6 years ago to pay 700 mint

700 monthly he's an mortician they just sent the second contemp court order two weeks ago I did not have to be present

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

What is the question?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: CPS in the removal of children from home

I need guidance asap

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Apr 16, 2022

What is the question?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: During visitation with my daughters can the supervised tell the bio mother that she can’t hold her child during visit?

Because the step grandmother is trying to get in between me and my kid

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Apr 9, 2022

If there are no restrictions on physical contact, no one can tell the visiting parent that he/she cannot hold the child. That would be interference with the visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: If a child age 7 mother dies and the father is incarcerated, can the grandmother get legal guardianship?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Mar 8, 2022

Yes, but she will have to petition for guardianship in the chancery court of the county where the child lives.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: How difficult is it to modify physical custody in Mississippi?

Disregard request

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Mar 2, 2022

You will have to file a Petition to modify the current order. If it is contested, you will have to show a material change in circumstances in the custodian parent’s home which adversely affects the the best interests of the children. If you ex agrees, it is a simple case of getting her to sign... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: If I have a court document stating “No child support ordered” in 2011- now 2021 she wants child support. Will I owe bk

Original court order states “ No child support”, but she has Gov. Assistants & now they are requesting Child Support, will they be able to go and get back child support?

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

If you have a court order that states you are not ordered to pay current support or an arrearage, then the State will not be able to collect back support from you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Mississippi on
Q: I am trying to domesticate my divorce decree from AL to MS where I currently live. How can I do this?

I've been to the circut clerk office twice now. The second time I went back I brought several printed pages stating the MS codes for domesticating foreign judgments and they called me back to say they could not do that, I would have to open up a brand new case in MS. I am needing this done... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Feb 15, 2022

There is no need to “domesticate” an Alabama marriage license in Mississippi. If the marriage is lawful in Alabama, Mississippi will recognize it. However, the test for filing a custody action in Mississippi has nothing to do with where the marriage took place. The question is where was the... Read more »

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