Grandparent Custody and Visitation in Mississippi

Few things are more distressing for parents than the divorce of one of their children or grandchildren born out of wedlock. This is particularly true when a son or daughter has young children and custody or visitation rights are uncertain or have been denied by a court or custodial spouse. Our law firm represents grandparents who are willing to fight for the opportunity to raise and/or spend quality time with their grandchildren and maintain a loving relationship with them.

Factors that Impact Grandparent Cases

Mississippi grandparent custody and visitation cases are complex and almost always require a skilled and experienced attorney to produce a positive result. Certain factors - each with a different degree of importance - will impact the ultimate resolution of a grandparent custody or visitation case. Some of the more common ones are:

  • What is in the best interest of the child or children?
  • Are the parents fit to raise the children (e.g. drug abuse, alcohol abuse, criminal history)?
  • Is one or more of the child's parents deceased?
  • Have parental rights been denied, challenged, or terminated?
  • Where is the proper venue for the case to be heard?
  • Has anyone been appointed guardian or custodian of the child?
  • Where does each of the interested parties (grandparent, parent, child) reside?
  • Did the grandparents provide financial support to the child in the past and, if yes, how recently?
  • How often did the grandparents usually see their grandchild and what is the quality of that relationship?

Answers to the above questions will help the court determine who should have custody or visitation rights, but the way this information should be presented and in what detail is incredibly important. Custody and visitation cases are often won or lost because of the strategy employed by the petitioning grandparents and their attorney.

Trust an Experienced Grandparent Custody and Visitation Attorney

If your attempts to resolve custody or workout a visitation schedule have failed, contact experienced family law attorney at Hollis Legal today at 662-892-3717. Our lawyers will review your options - confidentially - and develop a plan for protecting your legal rights and maintaining your relationship with your grandchildren.