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Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin

  • Divorce, Family Law, Criminal Law ...
  • Mississippi
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Practice Areas
    Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Juvenile Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
The Mississippi Bar
ID Number: 9849
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Mississippi College
M.S. (2014) | Marriage and Family Therapy
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Mississippi College School of Law
J.D. (1994) | Law
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Belhaven College
B.A. (1991) | Psychology and English
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Professional Associations
The Mississippi Bar  # 9849
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Legal Answers
98 Questions Answered
Q. If a custodial parent files papers for the non-custodial parent to sign over their parental rights on the grounds of
A: No. Once the parental relationship is terminated, all obligations cease. The exception is that if the non-custodial parent had accrued a child support arrearage prior to the termination and a contempt action was brought to recover those funds, the arrearage is still owed.
Q. Grandmother has full custody of 8 week old baby. Both parents in prison. Grandmother wants to sign baby over to someone.
A: Because the child is a resident of Louisiana, Louisiana statues would govern; therefore, you should contact an attorney licensed in that state.
Q. No matter the situation when filing child support will the woman always win if the man was abusive in the relationship?
A: One of the factors that the court will take into consideration is whether violence has been perpetrated by either party during the relationship, especially if children were present at the time. Our case law and statutes are clear that the party who is found to have been violent during the relationship, especially while the children were present, is disqualified from having custody of the children in the event of a separation and subsequent custody battle. However, it can never be said that a given result will ALWAYS happen with a certain set of facts. Several factors are considered and weighed under the totality of the circumstances by the Court when deciding a custody matter the best interest of the minor child being paramount.
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Melissa L. Gardner, PLLC
9356 Goodman Road
Suite 6
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Telephone: (662) 408-4230
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