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Jackson, MS​ Child Custody Attorneys

We Proudly Assist Families Throughout Mississippi. Call (601) 809-4144 for Caring Guidance.

Your child’s best interest should always be a top priority, no matter what your family is going through. However, custody battles are often complicated, emotionally charged, and require an in-depth knowledge of the situation at hand. From divorce to an unmarried couple who both parent a child or children, Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC helps individuals and families throughout the greater Jackson area.

Trust 70+ years of combined experience and proven advocacy! Our Jackson, MS family law attorneys work with you and your family to help find a solution that is in the best interests of your minor children. If you need assistance for your legal matter, call us today at (601) 809-4144 to schedule a free consultation.

Award-Winning Legal Advocacy You Deserve

Our firm understands that the stakes can be very high in child custody, visitation, and other parenting matters. Protecting your child’s best interests and simultaneously honoring your parental rights are of the utmost importance. We work tirelessly to make sure a fair and equitable outcome is reached that can benefit the entire family.

As your counselors, you can expect the following:

  • Honest counsel: We don’t give you unrealistic expectations. We give you straightforward assessments and outline all possible outcomes in your case.
  • Caring advocacy: We know your family matters so in the face of potentially combative legal proceedings, you can trust that we are here to protect you.
  • Priority driven: We believe that clients come first so we make sure our practice aligns with this belief. We are here for you and give you the support you need.

To speak with our Jackson, MS child custody lawyers about your case, we encourage you to get in contact with us by phone or email. Call (601) 809-4144, or if you prefer, fill out an online form to schedule a consultation.

Your child’s best interest should always be a top priority, no matter what your family is going through. However, custody battles are often complicated, emotionally charged, and require an in-depth knowledge of the situation at hand. From divorce to an unmarried couple who both parent a child or children, Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC helps individuals and families throughout the greater Jackson area.

Establish a Fair Custody Arrangement for Your Family

Legal vs. Physical Custody

Decisions regarding your child or children fall into two categories and encompass different issues.

The state of Mississippi recognizes two distinct types of custody:

  • Legal custody, or determining decision-making rights
  • Physical custody, which determines where the child will live

Even when both parents do not share a child’s living arrangements, decisions regarding important issues, such as healthcare, schooling, religious instruction, and everyday or special needs may be shared.

Seek Joint or Sole Custody in Mississippi

The court generally favors joint legal custody, because it allows both parents to be involved in the important decisions that will affect their child. If custody cannot be agreed upon between the parents, the court will look at thirteen factors, known as the "Albright factors."

These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The children’s age and health
  • Which parent was the primary caregiver
  • Which parent is willing to provide care
  • The employment status of each parent
  • Each parent’s emotional and physical health
  • Each parent’s age
  • Emotional ties
  • The moral character of each parent
  • The child’s ties to their home and community
  • Preference, if the child is over 12 years old
  • Stability of each parent and their homes

We will look at your case and help you determine your rights and options for custody as well as what visitation, or parenting time, rights the non-custodial parent will have.

Contact our Mississippi law firm online. If you prefer, call (601) 809-4144 speak to one of Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC’s experienced Jackson child custody attorneys.

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  • Mississippi Business Journal
  • AV Preeminent® Rating - Martindale Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyers

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