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Are YOU a Terrible Parent?

Are YOU a Terrible Parent? | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Food, shelter and clothing are necessities and while providing them is the minimum, doing so alone does not make you a great parent. Do you encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent? Just NOT badmouthing them does not make you a great parent. You should encourage and promote a good relationship.  Oh, and it's required when…
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#1 Rule for Witnesses

#1 Rule for Witnesses | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Show up. If you have Court and your testimony matters, show up. If the issues before the Court impact you in a "bigly" manner, show up. Rarely is a good outcome achieved in your absence, and no amount of explanation will be sufficient if you weren't there to witness it for yourself. When you do…
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Engaged!

Engaged! | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Will you Marry me? If you said "yes" we may just be engaged! Engagement is defined as a mutual promise or covenant to marry. See Black's Law Dictionary. Interestingly, there is no requirement that a date be set, that either of us have the present ability to fulfill said mutual promise, and there is nothing…
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Crazy Train Express: Next Stop Crazy Town.

Crazy Train Express: Next Stop Crazy Town. | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Fighting with your significant can drive you crazy. Crazy is a four-letter word in our PC climate today, but sometimes the acronyms of OCD, BPD, or NPD just don't cut it. Family law issues and the divorce process can be hard, confusing and challenging to common sense thinking. The Crazy Train seems extra busy in family law cases and it…
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Don’t Make It Worse…

Don’t Make It Worse… | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
STOP! In family law it is often desired by a party to do something to get back at the other. Even if the love of your life did something first that was mean, you don't take retribution and do something meaner.  This is a very bad idea. Two wrongs don't make a right and it may well…
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Always Get a Receipt: Proof of Payment

Always Get a Receipt: Proof of Payment | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Cash is King, but only when you can prove you paid it! When a party alleges that the other has not paid their support obligations the Court looks to the payor to prove what was paid, not the payee to prove what was not. In simple terms, if you owed $500 per month in child…
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Child Testimony No-no; When having your child testify is the Wrong move.

Child Testimony No-no; When having your child testify is the Wrong move. | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Sometimes family law is the pits. You are in the fight of your life against the one person who promised before God and everybody to always love and cherish you. Where's the love now? But dragging others into the fight may be the wrong move. I routinely see parents wanting to bring the kids in to…
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Make Good Choices.

Make Good Choices. | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Life is about the choices we make. Becris/freedigitalphotos.net You have the option today of choosing to do things that will make your life, family and case better, or worse. Choose those things that make it better. Sometimes we get in the habit of making bad decisions. It's easy, maybe even fun, but it is not…
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Don’t Ask This Question.

Don’t Ask This Question. | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
There is a lawyer cliché to never ask a question that you do not know the answer to. Asking that question may get you a self-serving answer that you did not anticipate.It may open Pandora's box of bad evidence and a tidal wave of otherwise inadmissible evidence that now comes in. All because you asked…
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Don’t Play Games 

Don’t Play Games  | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.              I'm not talking about playing with your children.  Too often I see adults playing games with the other parent's time. It's not a game. It's not really even the other parent's time.
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Thompson Law Firm, pllc (601) 850-8000

Thompson Law Firm, pllc  (601) 850-8000 | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Divorce, Child Custody & Child Support, Alimony, Contempt, Modification, Adoption and Appeals.
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Mississippi Law Unconstitutional; The Sky Did NOT Fall

Mississippi Law Unconstitutional; The Sky Did NOT Fall | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
HB1523 is the law that never was. Federal Judge Carlton Reeves issued an injunction preventing the law from taking effect, holding that it violated Constitutional protections provided by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Establishment Clause in the 1st Amendment. As you will recall HB1523 was "needed" to protect mom and pop business…
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Do I Need a Lawyer?

Do I Need a Lawyer? | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
“Do I NEED a Lawyer?”  If you are asking whether you need a lawyer, usually the answer is "Yes," you need a lawyer! So, how do you know you NEED a lawyer? When you have been sued.  If you have been served papers or if there is an active lawsuit you need to see a lawyer.…
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You ARE Entitled to Your Child’s Records. 

You ARE Entitled to Your Child’s Records.  | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Mississippi Law provides that a parent shall have access to their own child's medical, dental and school records. This law does not limit the parent to only these records, but includes these.
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Why Lawyers are not sworn in in Court…usually.

Why Lawyers are not sworn in in Court…usually. | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Occasionally, lawyers are in Court to give testimony. They are called as witnesses just as a party might be. Usually, the Court waives the requirement of administering the Oath. While done as a courtesy, it does not reduce the lawyer's obligation to be truthful. Lawyers, upon being licensed and admitted to the practice of law are…
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What do Hurricanes and Legal Custody have in Common?

What do Hurricanes and Legal Custody have in Common? | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Legal custody pertains to the decision making right regarding your child's health, education and general welfare. Legal custody, most commonly awarded as "Joint Legal Custody," requires that each parent keep the other informed of the child’s goings on. This includes not only health, education, and general welfare, but also school and activity schedules, medical appointments and…
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Take a Break. 

Take a Break.  | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
You've tried it your way multiple times and are still getting the same results. Give it a rest.  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Life does not always go as planned.
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Prenuptial Agreements:The Good, Bad & Ugly

Prenuptial Agreements:The Good, Bad & Ugly | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
I do not think this is what Benjamin Franklin had in mind... pre·nup·tial a·gree·ment noun an agreement made by a couple before they marry concerning the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. A.K.A. a Premarital agreement or "prenup" is a fairly common legal step taken before marriage. A prenup establishes the property and financial…
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Things NOT to tell the Police…

Things NOT to tell the Police… | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
There's an old joke..."You have the Right to remain silent, but do you have the Ability?" While my primary practice area is Family Law, there is some spillover into other areas. Through the years, I have learned there are just some things you do not say to law enforcement. 5.  I did it! 4.  I…
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Don’t Be a Jerk

Don’t Be a Jerk | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
We have the chance everyday to be a jerk. Sometimes being the jerk is fun. Telling that so-and-so what you think of them can really be cathartic,  but so can not telling them. What you do NOT know is what they have just been through.  Maybe them deserving the jerk treatment really has nothing to…
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#‎FB Politics Free Friday‬

#‎FB Politics Free Friday‬ | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
It's a thing. Only positive spoken here on this Friday! I propose that today, Friday, August 5, 2016, be FaceBook Politics Free Friday. A day where we don't hear about Gold Stars, Benghazi, Campaign Promises or Candidates and the only lies that are told is whether we look good in the attire we chose to…
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Noncustodial Parents Have Rights

Noncustodial Parents Have Rights | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
Unless your rights have been terminated by a Judicial proceeding, either via Termination and/or Adoption, you have rights. MCA § 93­-5-26 (click) provides that you, as a parent, have rights of access to records and information pertaining to your minor child(ren), including but not limited to medical, dental and school records and these shall NOT be…
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Burn that Bridge. (Sometimes)

Burn that Bridge. (Sometimes) | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
I routinely advise to not burn bridges.  You never know when you may need the skills of others. And we know we can not navigate this world alone, successfully.  But sometimes you just have to burn that bridge.
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Mississippi Law Unconstitutional; The Sky Did NOT Fall

Mississippi Law Unconstitutional; The Sky Did NOT Fall | Domestic Relations | Scoop.it
HB1523 is the law that never was. Federal Judge Carlton Reeves issued an injunction preventing the law from taking effect, holding that it violated Constitutional protections provided by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Establishment Clause in the 1st Amendment. As you will recall HB1523 was "needed" to protect mom and pop business…
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