When both parents of a child have passed away, the responsibility for raising the child usually falls to family members. In some cases, the family member could be a young adult sibling. If the parents did not specify who should have custody of the child and other family members are opposed to the sibling having the child, a court battle could ensue.. If you are the older sibling, whether or not you are successful depends on several factors.
11 May 2016
When going through a divorce and child custody case, it can be hard to keep your emotions in check. You end up saying things that you should have kept to yourself and doing things that never should have been done in the first place. All of these things could end up making the situation worse for you and your case. To ensure the best possible outcome, make sure you don't make one of these crucial mistakes.
16 February 2016
Ideally, when a couple divorces, both spouses would be honest about their assets so that the courts can equally divide them. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you suspect that your spouse is hiding assets, it is important to carefully consider where to look for them. To help get you started in your search, here are some possible ways your spouse could be hiding assets. Transferring to a Friend or Family's Accounts
3 January 2016
The state of Mississippi offers both fault and no-fault divorce, but these terms may actually mean something different than what you'd expect. The no-fault divorce law in the state of Mississippi is actually a specific modification of no-fault law called "Irreconcilable Differences." While the terms no-fault and irreconcilable differences are sometimes used interchangeably, they are actually quite different as it pertains to divorce in the state of Mississippi. Read on to find out exactly what a no-fault divorce in Mississippi really means.
19 November 2015
If your divorce proceedings will be heading to court, this can turn an already stressful situation into something that can almost feel insurmountable. With emotions running high, it can be easy to falter and make some common mistakes in court. Here are four mistakes you should try your best to avoid during your day in court. 1. Don't Get Distracted in Court Don't let anything get you distracted the morning of your court case.
13 October 2015
When parents get divorced, they create not only a legal issue—the breaking of a contract—they also create a familial quagmire. Just because a man and his wife get a divorce, the family ties between parents and children do not rupture. A lawyer who understands family can help to create an acceptable reality that will allow the family to adapt to the change in family structure. Helping Children with the Divorce
20 August 2015
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was designed to protect people from abuse at the hands of a powerful government. These days this means that police usually cannot violate your personal privacy without a warrant. One of the main questions surrounding Fourth Amendment issues is whether the police "searched," or violated your privacy to begin with. The Supreme Court has established two main tests to determine if the police have performed an unreasonable search: the Katz test, and the Jones test.
6 August 2015
During an acrimonious divorce, it may seem like a good idea to get back at your ex by pulling a dirty trick or two. It can be extremely satisfying to get back at an ex-spouse for all the wrongs they committed during the marriage, but the truth is that trickery rarely leaves you with an advantage. During a divorce, you should resist the urge to be vengeful—because all too often, you'll be the one who ends up getting hurt.
31 July 2015
If you wish to update your will, then you can either write a new will or add a separate amendment to the first one. This second option is suitable if your updates aren't too extensive. For example, you can use a codicil to remove a beneficiary or designate a new guardian for your minor children. A good codicil is one with at least these four sections: Title The title of your codicil will not differ much from your original title's will.
29 July 2015
The desire to get to know one's birth parents is not uncommon among children who have been adopted. As an adult it becomes possible for adopted children to manage the search for their birth parents themselves rather than relying on a family member to follow up on any potential leads. If you haven't had any luck identifying your birth parents in the past, here are two tips you can use to help you find the information you are looking for.
24 July 2015