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Establishing Paternity

Establishing Paternity

Q: How do I establish or dispute paternity? Legally established paternity can affect parents and children in several important ways. For example, it can determine: whether a parent can be required to pay or entitled to receive child support, a child’s right to inherit...
Public Defender

Public Defender

Q: What is a public defender? The Sixth Amendment, according to the Supreme Court, gives a defendant (the person charged with a crime) the right to a public defender in all criminal proceedings where the defendant is facing incarceration. The law in Mississippi...
Unmarried Mothers

Unmarried Mothers

Q: Are there any ramifications if an unmarried mother decides not to tell the child’s father about the child? Outside of marriage, there is no legal presumption of paternity. A father’s name on a birth certificate does not make him a legal parent. An unmarried father...
Child Custody

Child Custody

Q: What are the main factors the court considers when deciding child custody cases? The Court considers several factors in deciding which parent is awarded custody of the children, and nowadays it is no longer automatically granted to the mother. A custody trial...
Legal vs. Physical Custody

Legal vs. Physical Custody

Q: What is the difference between joint legal custody and joint physical custody? Which one do you suggest? These child custody provisions are what parents who are going through a divorce face. The term Joint means both parties are equally sharing that particular type...