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Jackson Divorce Litigation Lawyer

Basics of Divorce & Family Law Litigation

Not all family law matters involve litigation, but when they do, it is important to have a skilled trial lawyer in your corner. Jackson divorce attorney Mark Chinn has 40 years of legal experience, including a considerable amount of family law litigation. This enables him to not only creatively strategize to seek a positive result but to properly present his clients’ cases in court. Meticulous preparation and aggressive representation during litigation can make all the difference.

Following is a basic description of divorce litigation in Mississippi. In addition to reviewing this information, we welcome you to call our offices anytime to discuss your unique case with a knowledgeable professional.

Call our Jackson law offices at (601) 202-5594 to get started!

The Divorce Litigation Process in Mississippi

Suit/Countersuit

  • When one party files suit, the other party has thirty days to file a written response. This is called the answer. The other party also has the right to file what is known as a “counterclaim” in which they “sue back.”

Discovery

  • Written Discovery. After suit is filed and the other party answers, we face the “discovery” phase of litigation. During discovery, each side asks questions of the other side (“interrogatories”) and requests that certain documents be produced (“requests for production”).
  • Depositions.Depositions are also an important part of the discovery phase. Depositions take place in a lawyer’s office and the lawyer gets to ask questions of a party or witness under oath before a court reporter who records a transcript of the proceedings. We have the option of deposing any party or witness to this matter prior to trial.
  • Witness Interviews. As a part of investigation and trial preparation, we sometimes conduct interviews of witnesses outside of the presence of the opposing party, lawyer, and court reporter. This is usually done for our witnesses or witnesses that we perceive will be friendly to us or hostile to the other side. There is no reason to go to the expense of deposition with someone that you do not think will be hostile. Moreover, it is generally thought to be unwise to schedule a discovery deposition and save the expense of deposition to the opponent while establishing testimony favorable to our case.
  • Subpoenas for Records. Another tool that is available in discovery is the subpoena duces tecum. This type of subpoena allows us to obtain various records and information from a number of sources such as banks, employers, credit card companies, stock brokers, phone companies, casinos, car dealers, schools, medical facilities, and loan financing companies.

Trial

  • At the end of the road is the final trial. This may be followed by appeals by either party.

Interested in finding out how a Jackson divorce litigation lawyer can help? Call Chinn & Associates at (601) 202-5594 today!

Meet Our Founding Attorney

Forging Strong Families Out of Conflict
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    Mark Chinn
    Jackson Divorce & Family Lawyer Founder of Chinn & Associates, Mark A. Chinn is a seasoned Jackson, Mississippi family law attorney who has dedicated his career to helping clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives. He is dedicated to using his talent and experience to empower his clients to lead the lives they want to lead. Mark graduated from Iowa State University with his undergraduate degree in 1975 and went on to obtain his Law Degree from the University of Mississippi ...
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What Makes Our Firm Unique?

Fortitude. Dedication. Integrity.
  • Strategizing Using Your Goals

    We work closely with clients to ensure that our trial strategy reflects their objectives. The goal is to give them everything necessary to move forward securely.

  • Caps on Our Legal Fees

    Chinn & Associates, PC puts caps on how much your case will cost, ensuring that your team finds the most efficient and effective solution possible.

  • Meticulous Trial Preparation

    Our firm utilizes specific witness scripts, thorough research, and in-house drafting of decrees to ensure that we are well-prepared long before your trial starts.

  • Mission-Oriented Law Practice

    When you turn to Chinn & Associates, PC, you're paying for results. That's how we've structured our prices, so you'll have a speedy and efficient solution.

Testimonials

See How We've Helped 
Families Regain Their Strength
    Mark and his firm treated me like family.

    “Mark Chinn was recommended to me by 3 trusted friends when I needed a family law attorney. During my first meeting with Mark I felt Mark was totally focused on me and my circumstances. I could sense ...”

    - Former Client
    I would highly recommend the use of their services.

    “I couldn't be more pleased with the work of Chinn & associates, PC given the situation I found myself in. There was a plan set in place from the beginning and it was executed perfectly. They were ...”

    - Scott B.
    He was very easy to reach and was fair on attorney fees

    “Mark Chinn could not have represented me any better than he did. He was very easy to reach and was fair on attorney fees. I feel if I had not hired Mr Chinn, my outcome would have been considerably ...”

    - James A.
    Worth every penny, the best attorneys ever.

    “After not seeing my child for 5 yrs. during a vicious, prolonged alienation (parental kidnapping), Mark Chinn & his wonderful associate Janeah Sakalaukus ended my nightmare just 5 DAYS after I ...”

    - Former Client
    Mark is simply the very best at what he does.

    “Mark is simply the very best at what he does. His experience and knowledge, as well as his procedures proved to be the difference in my case. Although at times it can be difficult to manage emotions ...”

    - Butch
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