Getting married to a person who has a child from a previous relationship can bring about the need for the stepparent to adopt the child. Legally, this could be a challenging process, and legal counsel with experience in dealing with Mississippi's stepparent adoption laws might be required. It is a way for the stepparent to declare that he or she will assume full legal and financial responsibility of the stepchild, after the parental rights of the noncustodial, biological parent are formally relieved. This includes child support.
Ending a marriage will always be a challenging and often traumatizing process. Dealing with a divorce and other family law matters can be even more daunting when the fate of a small business is at stake. Mississippi is an equitable distribution state when it comes to property division, with the general rule that the spouses must divide their assets in a fair though not necessarily equal manner.