What You Need to Know about Divorce in Brandon and Rankin County
You already know Rankin County is a great place to live and raise a family. What you may not know is it is in the 20th Chancery Court District
and a participant in the Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC) system, which means after a case is initiated, we can file documents from the convenience
and privacy of our office. The days of having to be across the street from the courthouse in Downtown Brandon are long gone. While we are located
in the next county over, we routinely practice in Rankin County, helping folks who live in Brandon, Pearl, Flowood, Richland and all over Rankin County.
There are three full time Judges who hear and make decisions on a wide variety of matters in your district. These range from divorce, child custody, child support, paternity and other family law matters. They also hear cases involving land, probate of estates and mental health. The local paper for Brandon and Rankin County is the Rankin County News, which publishes legal notices about divorce and other chancery court filings in Rankin County. This often causes concern for our clients, although they are rarely read by the general public.
Once a case is filed in the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's office, it is then assigned to a Judge on a rotating basis. We have no control over the Judge assigned to your case, and each certainly brings a different world view and life experience to the bench. If your case is on a contested track and needs to go to trial, we will contact the Court Administrator, who is the person managing the Judge’s calendar. Many cases do not require a trial. These are called ex parte, which is Latin for “one side only.” In Rankin County, these matters are heard on Fridays, which is when we have routine Orders entered.
Some temporary matters are referred to a Family Master chosen by the senior chancellor and approved by the Supreme Court of Mississippi. This person, who is a practicing attorney, has the authority to make temporary decisions which will later be subject to review by the Judge assigned to your case.
For more general information about divorce and other aspects of family law, visit one of these links:
- Business Owner Divorce
- Legal Separation
- Stay Home Mom Divorce
- Parental Rights
- Property Division and Alimony
- Child Support
- Post Divorce Modification
- High Profile Divorce
- Post Divorce Contempt
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Custody and Visitation
- No Fault Divorce
- Alienation of Affection
- Fault Based Divorce
- Prenuptial Agreements
We Can Help You
Here is the way this works. If you live in Brandon or Rankin County and are faced with the prospect of divorce, please call our office (601-898-8655) or confidentially submit a basic intake form so our staff can complete a standard conflict check. That’s when we make sure nothing on this end will stand in the way of us being helpful. Then, we will schedule a time for you to visit with one or more of our attorneys to go over your situation.
Rankin County Chancery Court
20th Chancery Court District
John C. McLaurin
Lori Hill 601-825-9208
Cindy Edwards 601-591-4722
Shanna McLaurin 601-824-2448
103 Town Square
Brandon, Mississippi 39042