Do I need a Lawyer?

I get that question fairly often. The most recent was a couple of weeks ago when a young college student came into my office in Hattiesburg. I told him what you probably expect me to say, “Yes, you need a lawyer.” Now, I know there’s some of you who will say that my answer is […]

Can I Get a Divorce?

Most people understand that if both they and their spouse want a divorce, there is almost nothing that could keep a court from granting that divorce. What happens, though, if you and your spouse don’t agree on the divorce? As with many legal issues, the answer begins with, “that depends.” The Mississippi Code recognizes 12 […]

Military Divorce Revisited

Hattiesburg is home to Camp Shelby. As such, lawyers here in town often have the opportunity to represent military personnel or their spouses in a divorce. I have previously written about military divorce, but focused on the 20-20-20 Rule. Now I’d like to look more broadly at military retirement benefits in a divorce. A federal […]

Adoption by Couples of the Same Gender in Mississippi

“Adoption by couples of the same gender is prohibited” in Mississippi. Anyone who follows the news knows that this is against the current trend of states allowing such adoptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in February of this year, issues its opinion on a Louisiana case that makes me wonder how […]

Why is There a Stigma to Divorce?

We live in an age where, if we believe statistics, 50% or more of marriages end in divorce. So why, if it is so common, is there a stigma associated with it? My guess is that it’s all part of the competitive nature of our society. People no longer are happy to just keep up […]

Adoption – Open or Closed?

Sure, most of my work is divorce, but occasionally, I get to work on something a little cheerier. For example, every now and then, I get to work on one of the happiest events in a person’s life, the adoption of a child. Adoptions can be open or closed. An open adoption means that the […]

From Contested to Non-Contested

I was looking back over some of my old posts, and I was surprised that I had not yet covered non-contested divorces in Mississippi, or as their properly called, “irreconcilable differences” divorces (abbreviated to “ID Divorce”). Mississippi does not have true no-fault divorce. If you want a divorce without having grounds for the divorce, you […]

Collaborative Divorce

While not yet popular in Mississippi, collaborative law is a process by which the parties (frequently divorcing couples), use a series of meetings to come to a fair and mutually acceptable outcome. To have a collaborative divorce, both spouses (and the lawyers) must sign a participation agreement. The key points of the agreement state: The […]

Do You Really Want a Mean Lawyer?

Over the years, a number of prospective clients have asked about how mean a lawyer I can be. I used to tell them that I could be as mean as I needed to be. Now, I prefer to discuss some other, related issues. 1. What is the client’s overall objective in getting (or getting through) […]

How to Hire a Divorce Lawyer That’s Right For You

Today, I welcome a friend of mine from the Boston area, Gabriel Cheong, Esq. Gabriel has graciously written a post on how to find the right divorce lawyer for you. Take it away, Gabriel … Divorce lawyers are not once-size-fits-all. A divorce lawyer that your neighbor liked and used might not be a good fit […]