Child Custody Lawyers in Jackson, MS
Handling Custody and Family Law in Mississippi
Child custody is one of the most important issues to be resolved in a divorce. It is also one of the most contested. As parents, we want what’s best for our children, and as we go through a divorce, we may find that our beliefs and goals differ from our soon-to-be ex-spouses’. When custody disputes arise or you simply need guidance regarding a child custody agreement, a child custody attorney can offer invaluable support.
Jackson child custody attorney Mark Chinn is highly experienced and passionate about protecting children and parents in custody proceedings. At Chinn & Associates, we will work closely with you to clearly define your custody goals. We will then take the necessary steps to achieve these goals, whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation. Through your child custody case, we will be available to you to answer your questions and provide moral or legal support.
Protecting you and your child's best interests in Madison & Rankin Counties. Call our firm at (601) 202-5594 today!
How is Child Custody Determined in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, child custody is determined by what the court believes would be in the child’s best interests. The court may factor in each parent’s ability to maintain consistency and continuity in the child’s life, community, and education; as well as each parent’s ability to take care of the child’s physical, emotional, developmental, educational, and any special needs, while maintaining a loving and nurturing relationship with the child. Although the courts do not officially consider the child’s preferences, they may factor it in when considered the child’s best interests.
If the parents are able to arrange their own custody agreement, the court will most likely honor it. However, if they are unable to agree, the parents will need to attend a custody hearing.
Under Mississippi law, joint custody is an option, and grandparents’ rights are legally recognized.
Mississippi adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act in 1982. This federal law requires each state to honor and enforce child custody rulings made by courts in other states.
What Rights are Included in a Custody Agreement?
- Division of holidays and vacation time.
- School schedule.
- Decisions that will affect the child's wellbeing such as education and medical care.
- How much time the child will spend with each parent.
- Transportation between parents' homes.
How Chinn & Associates Can Help with Your Custody Case
Serving families in Jackson and throughout the surrounding communities in Mississippi, we at Chinn & Associates are dedicated to conceiving and delivering the highest quality legal counsel in all custody-related matters. This may include:
- Drafting a workable custody agreement in divorce negotiations or mediation.
- Disputing custody in divorce litigation.
- Addressing the issue of grandparents’ rights in regard to custody and visitation.
- Co-parenting after a divorce.
- Determining how custody may influence child support.
- Representing clients’ interests in custody hearings.
- Custody modifications and enforcement, when necessary.
- Child custody matters related to domestic abuse.
Meticulous preparation and a strong focus on client service are two of the factors that allow our team to meet with success in child custody matters. With a unique talent for family law and 40 years of legal experience, Jackson custody lawyer Mark Chinn is here to help you.
Call our firm at (601) 202-5594 to discuss your custody case and how we can assist you.
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