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Hattiesburg, Mississippi

What You Need to Know about Divorce in Hattiesburg and Forrest County

Home of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Hattiesburg is located in Forrest County. Forrest County, Mississippi is in the 10th Chancery Court District. Forrest County Chancery Court is conveniently located in the Paul B. Johnson building in downtown Hattiesburg. Four full time Judges hear and make decisions on a wide variety of matters, such as divorce, child custody, child support, paternity and other family law matters. They also hear cases involving land matters, probate of estate, mental health, and most cases where a minor is a party.

Once a case is filed in the Forrest 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, but they are each very experienced. 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, to schedule hearing dates. Many cases do not require a trial. These are called ex parte, which is Latin for “one side only.” Each Judge has one day per week set aside to hear ex parte cases, which is when we have routine Orders entered.

For more general information about divorce and other aspects of family law, visit one of these links:

We Can Help You

Here is the way this works. If you live in Forrest 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.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 
Forrest County Chancery Court
10th Chancery Court District

Rhea Sheldon     

Shelia Smallwood 

Chad Doleac

Deborah Gambrell

Court Administrators

Lisa Stringer 601-736-2220

Gloria Moorer 601-544-2836

Gloria Chestang 601-545-6028

Chancery Clerk
Jimmy C. Havard

641 North Main Street
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401

Link to Forrest County Chancery Court Website
Link to City of Hattiesburg Website
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Local Rules for Hattiesburg

Take the first step.

When you think you are ready to be more informed through customized analysis, the best thing we offer is to sit with you in person or over a conference call to educate you and think through your goals and a plan to accomplish them. This will make you feel better –more informed and more in control. You can start the process by simply calling the office or by clicking the link below to confidentially submit an Intake Form and we will contact you.

Call 601-898-8655

or Submit an Intake Form