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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.

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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 »

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 »

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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 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 Child Support and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: My ex and I have a custody agreement that includes child support, he was recently arrested, what will happen w/child spt

Child support is only $100 per month

Incarcerated parent is non custodial parent.

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 10, 2022

The child support will continue to accrue each month. Incarceration does not remove his obligation.

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Q: In the state of Mississippi is my child support late if I do not pay it on the first of the month?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 3, 2022

Your child support is late if you do not pay it as of the due date designated in the Order. That may or may not be the 1st day of each month.

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 and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: If a custodial parent files papers for the non-custodial parent to sign over their parental rights on the grounds of

abandonment in the state of MS, and the non-custodial parent is willing to sign them, but the children aren’t being adopted by someone else, will the non-custodial parent still be required to pay child support after they have relinquished their legal rights?

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

No. Once the parental relationship is terminated, all obligations cease. The exception is that if the non-custodial parent had accrued a child support arrearage prior to the termination and a contempt action was brought to recover those funds, the arrearage is still owed.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: 21000 behind it's down to 17000 got a lump sum 2022 this month of 4000 he was ordered years ago just started paying when

When does he has to make next lump sum payment

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

You have to look at the order regarding how he must pay the child support. more than likely there is not a requirement to pay lump sums in specific intervals, except for the monthly support amount. The question is have you had him cited for contempt. If he is not paying and is this far behind, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: If my child’s father terminated his rights, what do I do about the child support review letter from DHS?

My child is 7. Has never seen her “father”. We just finalized court, he terminated his rights, I agreed. Everything is sealed and done. But I did apply for food stamps. I received a letter: Notice of Right to Request Review. I’m not sure what to do at this point considering rights are... Read more »

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

You should send DHS a copy of the termination order.

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 Support for Mississippi on
Q: Contempt action against my sons mother for unpaid child support over ten thousand. What is the typical outcome in court?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Feb 24, 2022

The outcome will always depend on the Judge and the facts of each case. However, I can tell you that if child support is not paid as ordered then the Judge can order the back support paid, order the payor to reimburse attorney’s fees and any costs, order the payor to jail until the amount is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Married 5 months ago. Will I get stuck with his back child support. Ex is taking him to court for not paying all.

He worked a different job when he divorced the ex years ago. The job lost its contract. He now works a job making less. He got behind cs before we married.

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

You cannot be held liable for his child support obligation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: What form do I file to child support case that's about to go to court
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Feb 11, 2022

You do not provide enough information about your current situation to answer this question. I’m unsure as to what “form” you are referring to.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: My son's father doesn't help me at all with our son. I filed for cs in Jjne 2021 we established paternity in July and

He signed a petition of what he was ordered to pay. As of today there has been no payments made and the order has not even been filed at chancery court bc they keep saying it has to go before a judge for signature

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

I am going to assume that you went through DHS to establish paternity and child support. If the Order was signed by all parties in July, 2021, there is no excuse for the delay in presenting it to the Judge. You should contact the attorney handling the paternity action and make a demand that the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: Does my child support end if my 19 yr old son joins the military? He is joining air national guard with Air Force in MS.

My son will be 19 yrs old in January and is currently in college; however, he may not be next semester due to him joining the military. Does joining the military automatically emancipate him and child support stops or will I need to file a modification to end the child support and show proof of him... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Nov 19, 2021

Yes, joining the military on a full time basis is an emancipating event in Mississippi.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Mississippi on
Q: Can my kids’ mother file a child support order in Mississippi if she nor the kids have ever lived here

Child support petition

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Nov 15, 2021

If you live in Mississippi and have a support order from another state, the originating state will send the order to Mississippi for collection efforts.

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