Helping Clients Make Smart Decisions About Their Children After A Divorce
When a marriage comes to an end, determining what will happen to your children is especially stressful. At Perry Law Firm, LLC, we are here to help. Over the last 15 years, we have worked with families all over Mississippi. We know that what works for one family may not work for the other. This is why we provide individualized representation to each client who walks through our doors. We will find answers during this difficult transition.
What You Need To Know About Custody And Support Payments
In our state, each parent has equal rights to their children after a dissolution of marriage. Neither is given preferential treatment. This is because the court prioritizes what is in the best interest of the child, and often, that involves having both parents involved in some capacity. When it comes to determining a custody schedule, there are a number of factors that they will take into consideration. This includes the health of the child, the relationship between each parent and child and where they go to school. If they are 12 or older, they also may be asked their own preference.
Similar to dividing property, child custody arrangements can be decided outside of court. When that can’t happen, a judge will have the final say. There are two types, known as legal custody and physical custody. Physical custody is where the children live. Legal custody refers to the parent who makes decisions regarding the health and well-being of the child. It’s possible for both parents to share both types. If not, visitation schedules can be created for the parent who doesn’t have primary custody.
Children don’t just need physical support. They also need financial support. A judge will look at the earning capacity of each parent, their individual heath concerns and the reasonable needs of the children. They then will decide if child support is necessary. This can be for a set period of time or until they turn 18. Having a lawyer who can navigate these complex issues is key.
Don’t Wait To Learn More; Call Today
We know how overwhelming the legal system can be. Our founding attorney, Jane Harris-Perry, is really passionate about finding a solution that works best for everyone involved. If you are dealing with a difficult family-related matter, we are here for you. To schedule a consultation, call our office in Gulfport at 228-280-3413 today. You can also fill out our contact form online.