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Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, P.A.
For Initial Consultation 866.461.1591
Practice Areas Family Law

Pascagoula Family Law Attorneys Guide Families Toward Amicable Resolutions

Mediating conflict, finding agreeable solutions

A divorce does not have to tear your family apart. When spouses with minor children decide to separate, they still have an obligation to raise the children as a team. Helping people navigate the divorce process and supporting families as they chart a new course in life is at the heart of our work in family law. At the law firm of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we are sensitive to the difficulties clients experience and try to make the process as worry-free as possible.

Among other issues, family law encompasses the following:

  • Separation agreements
  • Divorce
  • Alimony/spousal support
  • Child support
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Protective orders
  • Adoption

These matters are major life events and often sources of considerable stress or even trauma. Our goal is to find mutually beneficial solutions where possible to help families move beyond conflict.

Navigating the divorce process

Marriage is a civil contract between two people. When the marriage relationship fails, a divorce, or dissolution of marriage, legally breaks that contract.

In Mississippi there are several options for dissolving a marriage. The first, simplest option is a no-fault divorce, which is based on irreconcilable differences between the couple.

If one spouse sues the other for divorce, these are the grounds on which the plaintiff can plead:

  • Natural impotency
  • Adultery
  • Incarceration
  • Abandonment (one year)
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Habitual drug use
  • Cruelty
  • Idiocy
  • Bigamy
  • Pregnancy of the wife by another person
  • Incest
  • Insanity

To file for a divorce in Mississippi there is a six-month residency requirement for at least one of the spouses. The court requires a 60-day waiting period before granting a no-fault divorce.

Through the divorce process, the parties address division of assets and debts, alimony or spousal support, and other matters. Our attorneys guide you through this process and help you come to an agreement or prepare for a trial in which the court makes a final ruling.

Protecting the interests of children in divorce through child custody and child support

Children require special protection in a divorce proceeding. When the court makes decisions about custody and visitation rights, the children’s best interests are the primary consideration. In Mississippi, the court refers to what has come to be known as the Albright Factors, a list of 15 items used to decide how child custody will be awarded.

Whether you are seeking joint legal custody in which both parents share decision-making for the child and/or joint physical custody in which the child lives with one parent and the other has visitation on alternating weekends and holidays, we can help.

When spouses with minor children end their marriage, their responsibility to their children does not end with the divorce. Each is required to support the child emotionally and financially. A parent’s child support obligation ends only when the child turns 21 years old, gets married, enters the military or is adopted by a third party.

Mississippi has standard child support guidelines that noncustodial parents must follow. The state Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Enforcement can provide details. 

Child custody and child support are often the most emotional aspects of divorce. Our family law attorneys know how to handle these matters with sensitivity. We want you to feel heard and supported during this difficult time in your life.

Helping families avoid conflict

An experienced, understanding attorney can provide an objective viewpoint so you can make the right choices for yourself and your family. Without competent legal advice, your rights and, ultimately, your family’s well-being may be at stake.

Contact a Mississippi family law attorney who can guide you through the challenges with compassion

At the law firm of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we understand that your family is special to you, and that you want personalized attention when it comes to dealing with disputes. Call us at 866.461.1591 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.