There is no one-size-fits all solution for how to handle the issue of child custody in a divorce. There is sufficient evidence to prove that it is ideal for children to maintain a strong relationship with both Mississippi parents after a divorce, leading to a preference in joint custody arrangements whenever possible. While joint custody is often beneficial, it is not ideal in every situation. It is crucial to consider custody on a case-by-case basis.
The ideal custody arrangement
The ideal custody arrangement is the one best suited for the individual needs of the kids. In a true joint custody order, parents will share liberal but not necessarily equal physical custody, which is parenting time. They will also share legal custody, which is the right to make major decisions for the kids jointly. In some families, it may be better for one parent to retain sole physical custody while sharing legal custody or vice versa.
Of course, Mississippi parents still have the right to pursue sole custody if they believe that is best for the children. It is important to remember that courts will consider the needs and best interests of the kids above all else. Situations involving addiction, abandonment, abuse or neglect could be grounds for a court to grant one parent sole custody.
Understanding parental rights
Parents would be wise to inform themselves of their parental rights during a divorce. If joint custody is not the ideal solution, it may be necessary to pursue sole custody. It will be helpful to first discuss custody options with an experienced attorney before moving forward.