Visitation in Mississippi
Visitation is the time a child spends with a noncustodial parent. In Mississippi, a noncustodial parent has a right to continued significant contact with his or her child under circumstances that foster a close relationship. The court’s primary concern when determining how much visitation is proper balancing the best interests of the child coupled with the rights of the noncustodial parent.
Absent danger or other potential detriment to the child, the court will award “standard” or “liberal” visitation to a noncustodial parent. In Mississippi, standard visitation has been defined by the Mississippi Supreme Court as two (2) weekends a month until Sunday afternoon, at least five weeks of summer visitation, and alternating holiday visitation. More or less may be awarded depending on the specific facts of the case. For example, unusual work schedules, extreme geographical distance between households or disruption to a child’s routine may in certain situations justify deviation from the standard visitation schedule.
Unless parents can work well together, an Order or Agreement providing for visitation should be highly structured, clearly specifying the dates of visitation, the exact times of transfer and other arrangements including which party is to bear the cost of transportation for visitation. When parties are unable to work together, ambiguous visitation provisions routinely result in continuing post-divorce litigation.
As an experienced family law attorney in Mississippi, I will be on your side to navigate the complex issues of visitation, zealously protect your interests, and offer direct, meaningful legal advice designed to achieve your desired results. I have litigated visitation cases throughout Mississippi and have the capability and resolve to guide you through your family crisis should you need assistance. Should you need professional, aggressive representation in child custody, support, modification, contempt or other family law matters, please contact my firm, The Law Offices of M. Devin Whitt, PLLC, at 601.607.5055.