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Child Custody in Mississippi



If you have minor children and are no longer in a relationship with their other parent, you owe it to yourself and your children to negotiate a child custody agreement and child support payments. A Mississippi child custody attorney can guide you through the process. And if you've never hired an attorney before, this article can guide you through the process.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Child Custody Lawyer

Most people only hire a lawyer once or twice in their lives: When getting divorced and dealing with child custody issues, and when writing a last will and testament. So if you're not sure how to get started, you're not alone.

Your first step is to get the name of one or two child custody lawyers in your area. Attorneys.com offers a free service that can connect you with local lawyers (more on that later), but you can also ask friends if they've used a Mississippi lawyer they would recommend.

Next, schedule an initial consultation with each lawyer. This free meeting lets you tell the lawyer about your issue while also interviewing the attorney. Your goal: To decide whether to hire the child custody lawyer for your case.

Before the meeting, prepare a list of question to ask the lawyer. Focus on topics that help with your hiring decision. Typical questions might include:

  • How long have you been a lawyer? Do you only handle divorce, child custody and child support cases?
  • What's your approach or philosophy when working with a child custody client?
  • What kind of custody arrangement can I expect to get? Can you estimate how much I'll pay or receive in child support?
  • How much do you charge for your services? Can you estimate my total legal bill?

Take notes during the consultation. Once you've met with each attorney, spend some time thinking about your impressions. Does one seem the most capable? Can you afford the legal fees? Which lawyer would you trust with your case? Once you've made your decision, you're ready to move forward with your child custody case.

Find & Hire Mississippi Child Custody Attorneys

Attorneys.com offers a free service that can connect you with Mississippi family law lawyers in your area. To quickly get matched with a local attorney, call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. Our no-obligation service will put you in touch with a Mississippi family law attorney in your area.