Relocation? Beware: The Landscape in Mississippi is Changing!
Even though Mississippi has no statutes in place regarding relocation, it is clear that the landscape has changed regarding an unabridged right to move. This seems consistent with national trends. The recent case of McCullough v McCullough, No. 2008-CA-00029-COA (October 6, 2009) is illustrative of the point. In that case a “stay-at-home Mom” lost custody of her two young children. Among the factors involved were her attempt to take the children from Mississippi to Maine, after a divorce action was filed, but before any order was entered. When the matter of the move was brought to the Court’s attention by Motion of the Father, the Chancellor ordered the Mother to immediately return the children to Mississippi and granted temporary custody to the Father. There are many resources on this difficult topic. One excellent resource is the ABA Family Law Section’s Spring, 2006 issue of the Family Advocate which may be ordered by contacting Deborah Eisel at email@example.com .