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What You Need to Know about Divorce in Starkville/Columbus/West Point and Oktibbeha County


Home to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Starkville is located in Oktibbeha County. Oktibbeha County, Mississippi is in the 14th Chancery Court District which also holds Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, and Webster Counties. Oktibbeha County participates 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.

Once a case is filed in the Oktibbeha 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:

We Can Help You

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

Starkville, Columbus, and West Point
Lowndes County Chancery Court
14th Chancery Court District

Joseph Studdard 

Paula Drungole-Ellis 

Rodney Favor 

Court Administrators
Cindy Strickland 662-329-5844 

Molly Jackson 662-323-5130


Chancery Clerk
Lisa Younger Neese

515 2nd Avenue N
Columbus, Mississippi 39701

Link to Lowndes County Chancery Court Website
Link to 14th Chancery Court District Website
Link to City of Starkville Website
Link to Visit Starkville Website
Link to City of Columbus Website
Link to City of West Point Website
Link to Visit West Point Website

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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