Family Law & Divorce

Family Law matters can be complex and emotional. It is important that you have an attorney who will fight for your rights and protect your needs in Court. Your attorney needs to be experienced in family law matters and Chancery Court practice. Our law firm can provide the legal representation you deserve when it comes to family law issues. Below is a description of some family law issues, and details of how they are litigated in Mississippi.

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Divorce: Going through a divorce is tough for all parties who are involved. At The Law Office of Joseph D. Songy, our goal is to help you through this tough time in your life, and to make it as easy on you as possible. Individuals going through a divorce need someone who will zealously represent their interests and the interests of the ones they love. It is important that you have an attorney to represent your interests in a divorce. We are experienced in Chancery Court matters, and will aggressively advocate for your needs and desires. Whether you are pursuing a contested divorce or an irreconcilable differences divorce, it is important that you have someone on your side. For more information on divorce and hiring an attorney give us a call today.

Child Custody: The Chancery Court can make a custody determination either inside or outside of a divorce preceding. When custody of a child is determined outside of a divorce, or where the parties are not married, it is called a separate maintenance action. Either way, it is important that there be a definite custody and visitation arrangement for the sake of the children and the parents. Additionally, once there has been a court order for child custody, custody can be modified by either of the parties. There are specific criteria that must be met in order to modify custody, and you will need an attorney to proceed forward in this matter. For more information on child custody and hiring an attorney give us a call today.

Child Support: In Mississippi, child support is fixed by statute. This means that there are certain guidelines that must be followed in calculating child support, and there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. Per Mississippi Code Annotated, Section 43-19-101, child support is to be calculated as a percentage of the non-custodial parents adjusted gross income. The percentages are as follows: one child-14%, two children-20%, three children-22%, four children-24%, five or more children-26%. Although there are specific guidelines to follow for calculation of child support, you should have your attorney determine your adjusted gross income pursuant the statute. Additionally, a previous child support decree can be modified by the court. Modification of child support can be achieved by a showing of substantial and material changes in the circumstances of the child or the parents since the original decree awarding child support. For more information on child support and hiring an attorney give us a call today.

Adoption: Adopting a child is usually a happy time for those looking to adopt, and we want to make the process as quick and simple as possible. There are basically two avenues for adopting a child. The first is available when the natural parent(s) of the child consent to the adoption. This is the easiest way and can be done fairly quickly. The second avenue is a contested adoption, and must be pursued when the natural parent(s) will not consent to the adoption. This is a little more difficult and timely, but it is available when necessary. For more information on adoption and hiring an attorney give us a call today.