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Traffic Stop Rights

Traffic Stop Rights

Q: What are my rights during a traffic stop? Seeing blue lights in the rear view mirror can be nerve-wracking to anyone, whether or not they are doing something wrong.  Part of the explanation for why an innocent person’s blood pressure might go up at the sight of...
Child Support

Child Support

Q: How and when can I modify a child support order? “Child support” is a payment owed by a non-custodial parent to the parent in possession of a child to be used for support of the child’s health, education, and well-being. The courts use a formula to calculate the...
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...