Mississippi is a state that has joined the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which gives you the guarantee that the state will recognize your support order even when it’s made in another state. The state adopted this act in 1982, making it easier for parents to trust the state’s legal system in upholding their current arrangements.
One thing that is different about Mississippi compared to some other states is that it does not consider the child’s wishes during a court case. The best interests of the child are always the most important factor in any custody case, but the courts don’t specifically allow a child to make their case or detail their preferences.
Interestingly, grandparent visitation rights are recognized in the state, allowing more grandparents to retain the right to see their grandchildren, even after their grandchildren’s parents’ divorce.
Child custody cases can be complicated
Despite the rules that are in place in the court system, many people like to determine child custody outside court. This usually works in your favor if you choose to do so. Why? You can consider what your child has to say. You can listen to your ex-spouse carefully and you can weigh your own options. If you and your ex- or estranged spouse can come up with your own arrangement, then that is typically going to be approved by the court, barring any obvious conflicts.
Our site has more on child custody in Mississippi. Considering your options and getting help coming up with solutions to your custody case is a wise choice for any parent.