What You Need to Know about Divorce in Jackson and Hinds County
Hinds County, Mississippi has two Chancery Court Judicial Districts, one located in the capitol city of Jackson, and one located in Raymond. Hinds County
is participating in the Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC) system, which means after the case is initiated, we can file documents from the convenience
and privacy of our office. There are four full time Judges who 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 and mental health. The Judges
are all based in Jackson.
Hinds County has a very high volume of cases, and for certain matters like child support disputes, a family master could be assigned to your case. An average of 250 new cases are filed each month in Hinds County, not to mention old cases for post-divorce contempt or modification that may be re-opened. The Chancery Clerk receives and maintains all records related to the cases in their district, and sometimes swear in the witnesses and manage other logistics in the courtroom.
Once a case is filed in the Hinds 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. 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:
- Legal Separation
- Business Owner Divorce
- 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 Jackson or Hinds 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.
Hinds County Chancery Court
5th Chancery Court District
Tonya Anderson 601-714-6309
Lashae Gilmore 601-968-6521