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William Matthew Thompson

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  • Can stepparent hit child?

    My ex’s boyfriend hits my daughter. My daughter sent me a letter complaining about it. She said she tries to tell me thru the phone, but can’t because her mom is always listening to our conversation. I confronted them on the phone, but my ex answe...

    William’s Answer

    It may well be abuse contacting DHS and local law enforcement is correct if you believe abuse is occurring. In MS, however, spanking is not a crime unless it arises to the level of abuse. You say "hitting" which is not legally defined. Err on the side of caution for your child but more details would be needed to answer beyond this and the other responses.

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  • Do I need to go to Mississippi? Child in Mississippi, I am in Oklahoma...

    I filed a motion to modify child custody in Oklahoma. My ex is trying to modify child support in Mississippi and also trying to change jurisdiction to that state. I’m in Oklahoma attempting to object changing of child support in Mississip...

    William’s Answer

    The answer depends on which state has jurisdiction. That is determined by where the original custody order was entered. Jurisdiction can be moved under certain circumstances. If the case started in your state start by contacting a family law attorney there. They should be able to tell you if your case should be there or MS. You need to speak with a lawyer and they will need copies of the filings from both states.

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  • My kids mother wont let me see them what can I do

    Is there anything I can do with out getting a lawer

    William’s Answer

    DHS in Hinds County has a visitation assistance program. Contact DHS for Hinds County and ask about this program. It will require paternity and child support being established.

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  • In Mississippi , how long do you have to live in an area before it's considered your residence ?

    Will be moving from one city to another within Mississippi but different counties. I will be filing for child support and a legal custody agreement after the move.

    William’s Answer

    Mississippi has a 6-month residency requirement. If you and the other parent can agree to an Order it can be in the current county, if not, it may have to be filed in the prior County where you resided for at least 6 months. Talk to an attorney about where you reside, where he resides and how long you each have been there. It could be the same Judge and may not matter...

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  • Establishing paternity

    I am unmarried and 4 months pregnant. The father of the baby is in critical health conditions and has been given 2 weeks to live. Is there a way to establish paternity before the baby comes? Can he sign an acknowledgement of paternity before the b...

    William’s Answer

    Yes, well at least you can have a DNA test done. Contact

    Capital DNA Testing, LLC
    Ph. 601.201.0880

    It's likely not possible to establish paternity prior to the birth of the child, but the DNA can be collected and even tested prior to the birth.

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  • Uncontested Divorce

    Hi. I am the Complainant. My husband didn't answer the divorce. We a have 1-year-old. During our 1.5 yr separation (lived 1400 miles away from each other), my husband got angry in heat of argument & hired attorney to send me a C&D letter 1.5 yrs ...

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    You have to go to Court to prove abandonment. It must be corroborated, meaning the witnesses are necessary. Try phone, email, and text to get in touch with your attorney. If you are having difficulty you may contact another local attorney in Oxford or the MS Bar for assistance.

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  • Will a judge recommend shared custody for an infant or toddler?

    I am about to enter a custody battle with my ex, we were not married and he wants shared custody when our son is born. I don't agree, it doesn't seem right to me to shuffle a small child around. Is it possible that he could get shared over joint?

    William’s Answer

    Shared custody is not likely with a newborn if one parent opposes it. See an experienced family law attorney in your area. Your ex, or you, would also have to determine paternity prior to him having rights.

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  • What to do if my daughter,17, alleges my husband offered her oral sex?

    My daughter says my husband(soon to be EX) gave her liquor and said to her I would love to have just 30 minutes of oral sex with you, then paid her $20 to keep it to herslf. Totally distraught right now, need to know what to do. Please respond!

    William’s Answer

    Call the Police and DHS. Protect your child. Talk to your divorce lawyer about it as well.

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  • I am being accused of kidnapping my own son.

    My sons "biological father" hasn't seen him since he was younger than a year, my son is now about to be 4. I moved to another state last year with my son and boyfriend who has been there since my son was a year. Biological father and his new girlf...

    William’s Answer

    No. You will not be charged with kidnapping. Get a lawyer file a paternity/custody action. Discuss the issues you raised in your question with the lawyer. Then follow that lawyer's advice.

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  • What if the child is 21 can he

    Sue for his child support

    William’s Answer

    The child or the former custodial parent may bring the suit. If he is already 21 there must have been a prior Court order for child support.

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