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Matlock v. Mississippi Dep't of Human Services

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

April 15, 2014

HEIDI MATLOCK, APPELLANT
v.
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, GORDON FLAKE AND NANCY TODD, APPELLEES

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: TATE COUNTY CHANCERY COURT. DATE OF JUDGMENT: 10/27/2009. TRIAL JUDGE: HON. MITCHELL M. LUNDY JR. TRIAL COURT APPELLANT FOUND TO BE IN CONTEMPT AND IN ARREARS FOR DELINQUENT CHILD SUPPORT.

FOR APPELLANT: HEIDI MATLOCK (Pro se).

FOR APPELLEES: JENNIFER LOUISE MORGAN, JOHN THOMAS LAMAR JR., SCOTT WATSON WEATHERLY JR.

BEFORE GRIFFIS, P.J., ISHEE AND MAXWELL, JJ. LEE, C.J., BARNES, ISHEE, ROBERTS, CARLTON, MAXWELL, FAIR AND JAMES, JJ., CONCUR. IRVING, P.J., CONCURS IN PART AND IN THE RESULT WITHOUT SEPARATE WRITTEN OPINION.

OPINION

Page 474

NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

GRIFFIS, P.J.

¶1. Heidi Matlock brings this pro se appeal to challenge the chancellor's judgment that found her to be in contempt and in arrears for failing to pay child support for her minor child and ordered the minor child's birth certificate to be corrected to his original name given at birth. We affirm.

FACTS

¶2. This case considers the custody of a minor, whom we will refer to as " Jason" to maintain his confidentiality. Jason was born on March 3, 1996. Heidi is his mother. Kevin Flake is his father. Gordon and Nancy Flake (the " Flakes" ) are his paternal grandparents. Jason had resided with the Flakes since 1998.

¶3. On July 9, 2002, Heidi and the Flakes filed a joint petition for custody. The petition asked that Jason be placed in the custody of the Flakes. The chancellor entered an order that awarded temporary custody of Jason to the Flakes and ordered Heidi and Kevin to pay child support.

¶4. On December 4, 2008, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) filed a petition for contempt against Heidi. The petition alleged that Heidi was $20,914.96 in arrears on her child-support obligation. In this action, during her appeal,[1] Heidi revealed that she had changed Jason's birth certificate in Tennessee. The birth certificate changed

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Jason's last name and listed Heidi's current husband as ...


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