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Jackson Divorce Lawyer

Any divorce, regardless of whether there are children involved, is a painful ordeal. Discussing in great deal sensitive family issues such as infidelity, custody of children, division of assets and child support can be quite stressful. Even amicable divorces bring with them a certain level of stress because the decisions regarding child custody and visitation rights emotionally impact all involved, especially the children and especially if they are young. When you are facing a divorce, it is crucial to have an experienced divorce lawyer on your side who is well-versed in the laws in your state and who will work diligently to ensure the property division and custodial issues are fair and in the best interest of the children (if applicable).

Why Mel Coxwell?

Jackson attorney, Mel Coxwell, graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law in 1992 and has been practicing law ever since. One unique aspect of Mr. Coxwell's career is that he has worked on "both sides" of the law, meaning he has prosecuted and defended criminal cases. His office, the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell, is located in Brandon, Mississippi, the county seat of Rankin. Currently, he focuses his practice on family law, criminal defense and civil litigation. Mr. Coxwell has represented clients in divorce proceedings from all over Mississippi including Clinton, Jackson, Madison, Ridgeland, and Brandon.

When choosing a divorce lawyer, it is imperative to feel comfortable with your attorney. He is working for you, and your case should be as important to him all of his other cases. Mr. Coxwell prides himself on spending time with prospective clients during a confidential, no-cost initial consultation in which he hears the details of your case and advises you of the best course of action. Mr. Coxwell is skilled at negotiating and mediating fair settlements between spouses, but if your case must go to trial, he has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and will work hard to protect your interests and those of your children.

Types of Divorce

Each state varies on the types of divorces it grants and the components of those divorces. In Mississippi, there are three types (or reasons) for divorce:

  1. The first type is irreconcilable differences agreed upon by both spouses. In this type of divorce, no establishment of fault is required. The couple simply agrees that the marriage is irreparable and that divorce is the only option. This type of divorce is also referred to as a "no-fault divorce." For this type of divorce to go smoothly, both parties must agree to the terms set forth in the divorce settlement.
  2. The second type is irreconcilable differences but the parties do not agree on the terms. In this type of divorce, the terms will be presented to a judge who will then make a binding decision regarding division of assets, child custody and visitation rights.
  3. The third type of divorce in Mississippi is referred to as a "fault grounds," in which one spouse sues the other for any of the following:
    • Adultery
    • Alcoholism
    • Drug use
    • Cruelty
    • Abandonment

In this type of divorce, a judge will oversee a trial, and the lawyer must prove the guilt of the accused spouse. If the couple does not settle on their own, the judge will decide the financial and custodial aspects of the divorce.

Mel Coxwell is an aggressive, compassionate, hard-working divorce lawyer who will fight to get you the fair settlement you deserve. By getting expert legal representation such that he provides, your rights and interests (and those of your children) will be protected.

When choosing a divorce lawyer, it is so very important to choose one who will listen to you and make recommendations that will help you arrive at the best outcome possible. When choosing a Coxwell today to schedule your confidential consultation.