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Mississippi Child Custody Factors

In Mississippi, the court will award child custody with the best interest of the children in mind. The court will award sole or joint custody at any time it deems appropriate. If the parties are filing under the no-fault grounds of irreconcilable differences, they may both a agree to a joint custody arrangement and the court will except that this is what is best for the children. If the divorce is filed on fault grounds, either parent has the right to petition for joint custody. The court will consider the wishes of a child if he or she is 12 years or older. Any accusation of abuse will be investigated by the court. (Mississippi Code - Section 93 - Chapters: 5-23, 5-24, 11-65)

In Mississippi, as with all other states, the court will always be looking out for the best interests of the children. What you want or your spouse wants is not really relevant until the court says it is. Many parents go to custody hearings not realizing that they must portray themselves as the best custodial parent rather pleading to the court that they simply deserve the children. The court would much prefer the parents to decide who should have custody, but if they canít, the court will do it for them. You can also read more about Mississippi child custody in the Mississippi state statutes located at: http://198.187.128.12/mississippi/.