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Mississippi Family Law

Building Sandcastles

I am sitting in a coffee shop in Starkville finishing this entry started at the beach –hence the analogy.  We finished the first day of a two day divorce trial.  Everything was at issue at the start of the day, but by lunch, we had narrowed what we did not agree on to a hand full of things --including the non-custodial parent's access to the child at certain times during the year.  I have taken my share of child custody cases in Mississippi to trial.  Did one in Tennessee several years back too ---Sevier County.  There is statue of Dolly Parton in front of the courthouse.  Seriously, look it up.   Read More

Family is a Choice

I think one of the scariest things a person faces when divorcing in Mississippi, or anywhere for that matter, is that their family will look differently.  A family is supposed to be a mommy, daddy, two kids (a boy and a girl), a house with a picket fence and a dog named Barkley, right?  The daddy works from 9 to 5 and not on the weekends and mommy stays home and does housework and pilates, with cookies and milk waiting for the kids when they get off the bus, as Barkley obediently sits next to her side, tail wagging and tongue appropriately extended.  At night, they play board games, read books and do their homework before dozing off to a peaceful sleep in their matching twin beds. Read More

Dr. Mike and His Heirloom Tomatoes

Saturday Rachel and I were at the pool with the girls.  It was an uncharacteristically cool, Mississippi August evening.  We had just enjoyed a little poolside pizza when Emma decided to jump rope her beach towel.  She didn’t even make the first jump before her feet were tangled and she came crashing down to the concrete.  It seemed like it happened in slow motion. Read More

Moth to a Flame

I have a theory about good girls that cheat in Mississippi. I am stipulating in the first paragraph that I know very little about the way women think. The sum total of my knowledge comes from my experience in the dating world (years ago), my representation of about 350 or so women of all ages going through a divorce or family crisis, and my wife and two daughters. Any of these references (with the exception of Mollie Ann and Emma) could possibly tell you that I don’t know jack, but here goes anyway. Read More

Making the Most of Your Weekend

Now living in Mississippi is not the same as living in some place where there is a steady stream of activities, but your weekends don’t have to be like a trip to Disney or “Dad Camp” each and every time. The most important thing is to be together- to be focused on your child and not whatever else or whoever else is in your life at the moment.  Read More

Be There for Your Kids

I love my job. Being a Mississippi family law attorney has proven to be a constructive and positive way for me to use my talents. I love people. I love serving others. I enjoy walking clients through one of the most difficult and darkest seasons of their lives. I feel called to this profession. Because of this calling, I believe it’s my responsibility to serve others in this way.  Read More

The Mistake-Proof Divorce with Children

It happens almost every time I am in court. I will be cross examining a witness and he or she will ask me a question in response to my question. I get to ignore them. I sometimes get to ask the judge to instruct the witness to not direct questions to counsel. You see, when you are the lawyer- you get to ask the questions. That is one of the good things about the job. We ask. You answer.  Read More

The 800 Pound Gorilla

The family dynamic is extremely complex, even when biological parents are living together. It is no surprise to older parents that smart teenagers will take advantage of these situations to get their way. When parents are no longer unified or married and new love interests and sometimes new step brothers and sisters are added to the equation, an already complex dynamic is exponentially more difficult.  Read More

The Super Dad Syndrome

Occasionally, Rachel will go out of town and leave me in charge of Mollie Ann and Emma. This past weekend was one of those times. Food? Lunchable- No problem. Entertainment? RedBox- I got this. Clothes? She left them out. Hair? Hair? Hair!  Read More

How to Win a Child Custody Case in Mississippi

There are few relationships that are as important in our society as the parent-child relationship. Child custody cases are the most difficult in all of the law.  Jesus said that children are the very center of his Kingdom, and I strongly believe that absent unusual circumstances, a child needs both parents to be an active part of their life.  Men and woman are simply equipped differently to nurture their children.  I could spend my time in this article talking about theAlbright factors and strategies for convincing a judge that your child should be in your physical or legal custody, which is common sense but something I have had great success doing through the years, but I am going to take a different approach today- one developed from over a decade of experience and enriched by being the father of two precious daughters.   Read More

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