Child Custody Lawyers in Mississippi
Extensive Knowledge of the Intricacies of Custody Law
Child custody issues are always difficult and emotional. You need an experienced attorney to provide the advice and guidance you need as you make crucial decisions. When you call John Robert White, PA to speak with a Mississippi child custody attorney, you will enjoy personalized representation from a legal team with more than 55 years of combined experience in family law.
Types of Child Custody in Mississippi
There are two types of custody in Mississippi. Physical Custody is the right to have the children reside in your home. Legal custody is the decision-making rights and responsibilities related to the health, welfare, and education of the children. Custody is awarded according to the best interest of the children.
Physical and legal custody of children may be awarded in several combinations, such as:
- Both parents jointly sharing physical and legal custody
- Both parents sharing physical custody with one having legal custody
- Both parents sharing legal custody with one having physical custody
- Physical and legal custody awarded to one parent
Joint physical custody allows each parent significant periods of physical custody to ensure the children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Joint legal custody allows parents to share the decision-making rights, authority, and responsibilities related to the health, education, and welfare of their children.
Factors Considered When Awarding Custody
Ultimately, the best interests of the children determine how the court awards custody.
The court may consider a variety of factors, including:
- The child's age, health, and gender
- Continuity of care
- Parenting skills and willingness to provide care
- The employment responsibilities of each parent
- The physical and/or mental health of the parents
- The emotional ties between parent and child
- The home, school, and community record of the child
- The moral fitness of each parent
- The child's preference if of an age to give it
- The stability of the home environment
- Other factors in the parent-child relationship
A non-custodial parent may not be denied access to information and records, such as medical, dental, and school records, on the basis he or she is not the custodial parent, if the parent’s rights have not been terminated by adoption or a termination of parental rights proceeding.
Legal Advice for Your Custody Case
As your Mississippi child custody attorney, we will begin with an honest evaluation of your case to instill reasonable expectations for the outcome. We will discuss all legal options available to you and help you choose the legal path that is best suited to your circumstances.
Take the first step to securing your child’s future by calling (601) 675-4308 for your initial consultation.