Protecting Your Role As A Parent In Divorce

Settling the question of child custody and parental time for a noncustodial parent is always a top priority in a divorce. Most parents want to preserve and protect their relationship with their child, as well as their role in making decisions about their child's life.

The court will take a number of factors into consideration when determining the awarding of:

  • Legal custody — The ability to participate in decisions regarding medical care, education and religious upbringing
  • Physical custody — who the child primarily resides with

Both types of custody can be awarded jointly or to just one parent. Often, the court will award joint legal custody and sole physical custody to one parent while the other parent has the right to spend a certain amount of time with the child.

When the court makes these determinations, the key factor it looks at is the best interest of the child. The court will also attempt to foster a sense of cooperation between the parents. Minimizing conflict provides a more harmonious and stable space for the child to be raised in. In fact, if the parents can reach agreement on custody matters, the court merely needs to approve that plan as long as it is in the best interest of the child.

A Lawyer Who Provides Effective Solutions

At the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell, attorney Mel Coxwell is committed to helping divorcing parents achieve their goals regarding child custody and visitation. Mr. Coxwell knows how difficult it can be to have something as intimate as the relationship between you and your child play out in a public setting such as the courts. He will work to see that you and your family are treated with dignity and respect, while also working to ensure that your relationship with your child is protected.

Custody For Unmarried Couples

Not all child custody matters are part of a divorce. Many couples have children outside of marriage. The Law Offices of Mel Coxwell also helps those facing child custody disputes outside of the divorce process. The firm provides the same level of exceptional service and commitment to all its clients.

Learn What's Possible Regarding Custody

If you are confronted by a child custody dispute, you need experienced guidance and the representation of an advocate who can help you protect your relationship with your child. Turn to the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell for representation backed by more than 25 years of experience. To schedule an initial consultation, call 601-724-8723 or contact the firm online.

The firm represents clients throughout Rankin, Madison and Hinds counties from its office in Brandon, Mississippi.