Family law is one of the most emotionally charged areas of practice. Our team handles some of the most important issues an individual will ever face, from the termination of a marriage to the amount of time they get to spend with their children. We know that these topics can be difficult to discuss and even harder to negotiate with an ex-partner, especially when emotions are still running high after a split. We’re here to help.
Maybe you’re just starting the divorce process or you need someone to review an uncontested divorce agreement. Perhaps you want to make sure you get enough time with your child or that you’re paying a fair amount of child support. Whichever family law issues you’re facing, turn to the team at Holcomb & Russell. Call us at 228-332-3902 to get started.
The Representation You Deserve
Family law issues are never cut-and-dry. There’s no one solution that works for everyone, and any attorney that approaches your case should have your goals and best interests in mind. If your goal is to preserve a healthy co-parenting relationship, even if that means giving up more shared assets, you don’t want an attorney who will take on the stereotypical bulldog lawyer role and fight for concessions you don’t even want.
On the flip side, if you’ve been abused or mistreated throughout your marriage and you want to walk away with everything you can, do you really want a Biloxi divorce lawyer that will encourage you to compromise and play nice at every step?
At Holcomb & Russell, we realize that you are the one who will have to live with the decisions made during your divorce and other family legal issues, so we put your needs first. During our initial consultation, we’ll learn more about your current situation, what you hope to gain, and what you are and are not willing to compromise. As a team, we’ll come up with a plan that uses our experience and knowledge to tackle your goals.
How We Can Help You Through Divorce
Divorce is the most common issue that arises in family law. Depending on the circumstances of your split, you may be going through an uncontested or contested divorce. Either way, it’s important to have strong legal representation. Even the calmest and most amicable divorce can turn ugly fast if one party changes their mind.
While representing you, we will look at what you want your life to look at after divorce. You might prioritize getting your fair share of marital assets, as much time with your children as possible, or spousal support. For some, the goal is just to get out of the marriage as quickly as possible—no matter what the cost.
Every step of the way, we will counsel you on your options, help you understand possible outcomes, and help you in the decision-making process.
A Fair Division of Assets
Mississippi, like most other states, is an equitable distribution state. Shared assets are not automatically split 50/50 but are instead divided up in a way that is fair to both parties’ circumstances and needs.
The court may look at each party’s income, earning capacity, sacrifices made for the marriage, health, and limitations. There may be assets that are more important to you than others and areas where you are more willing to compromise. We’re ready to fight for the assets that matter most to you.
Meeting Your Needs Through Custody Concerns
Child custody is a top priority for many people, whether they’re setting up custody during divorce or seeking a change in custody down the road. The thought of losing time with your children may cause you to act irrationally or lash out, damaging your co-parenting relationship and weakening your case.
The court looks at many different factors when determining custody but generally strives for both parents to have ongoing contact with their children. We’ll take a look at the circumstances surrounding your parenting agreement and help you consider different options. Maintaining the child’s current routine is an advantage in the court’s eyes—if your children are thriving in the Biloxi Public School District, for example, your custody case is stronger if you plan on remaining in the area until they graduate.
Planning for Child Support and Alimony
Financial support is commonly awarded in many marriages. In Mississippi, child custody is calculated based on the non-residential parent’s income and how many children they support. However, any deviation from “standard parenting time” agreements may lead to changes in this amount. The court does have substantial leeway in this area, allowing judges to decide what is best for the child in question.
Alimony is awarded in some Mississippi divorces. Lump-sum alimony allows a lower-earning spouse to receive one final payment at the end of the marriage or receive a set amount over a predetermined time frame.
Periodic alimony is the other option. It is generally paid on a monthly or biweekly basis, and it can be modified due to changes in income. It may also be modified if the receiving party remarries or begins living with a new partner. Alimony may be necessary in a Biloxi divorce thanks to the city’s cost of living. It’s currently higher than the state average.
Whether you are likely to pay or receive alimony, it’s crucial to make sure you are treated fairly by the court. Your child support and alimony agreement will significantly impact your financial stability when your marriage ends, and you deserve a fresh start that gives you every opportunity to succeed.
Choose Holcomb & Russell for Your Family Law Needs
The end of a marriage is never easy, but it can be easier with the right legal team by your side. With Holcomb & Russell, you can feel confident that we will advocate for you every step of the way. Let’s get started by talking about your legal needs and what you hope to accomplish. Call us at 228-332-3902 or fill out our quick contact form to set up a consultation.