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Child Custody Basics in Mississippi

Jackson Child Custody Attorney

Each state has its own set of laws pertaining to child custody and visitation. In Mississippi, divorcing spouses may come to their own agreement regarding custody, subject to court approval, or the court may rule upon this matter if parents are unable to reach an agreement on their own. Custody will determine where the child will live and who will make decisions regarding the health, education, and welfare of the child. Mississippi allows for joint, or shared, custody, and also honors grandparents’ rights to visitation.

Child custody decisions are made based on the “best interests and welfare of the child.” While it is presumed that mothers and fathers have equal custody rights, this may not apply if one of the parents cannot provide a safe environment for a child. In these situations, sole custody may be granted to one parent with the other granted visitation rights only.

With any child custody matter, it is important to make sure you have a legal representative to protect your interests. A Jackson custody lawyer who understands the ins and outs of legal proceedings, case law, and legislation pertaining to child custody can protect your interests to the fullest extent.

Contact Chinn & Associates for knowledgeable insight regarding your custody matter.

How Is Custody Determined?

In Mississippi, child custody may be determined based on a number of specific factors. These are set forth primarily by the case of Albright v. Albright, 437 So. 2d 1003 (Miss. 1983). While the primary consideration is the best interests of the child or children, the following factors will be considered:

  • The age, health, and gender of the child.
  • The home, community, and school record of the child.
  • The parenting skills of each parent.
  • The willingness of each parent to provide primary care for the child.
  • The employment of each parent and the responsibilities this employment carries.
  • The age, physical health, and mental health of each parent.
  • The moral fitness of each parent.
  • The stability of the home environment of each parent.
  • The emotional ties of the child to each parent.
  • The child’s preference, if the child is old enough to express preference under law.

Ready to learn more? Contact Jackson child custody attorney Mark Chinn at (601) 202-5594 today to discuss your case and concerns.

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