Delozier v. Delozier, 97-CA-00909 COA.

CourtCourt of Appeals of Mississippi
Citation724 So.2d 984
PartiesMelissa Lea DELOZIER, Appellant, v. Daniel Winfred DELOZIER, Appellee.
Docket NumberNo. 97-CA-00909 COA.,97-CA-00909 COA.
Decision Date18 December 1998

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Melissa Lea DELOZIER, Appellant,
Daniel Winfred DELOZIER, Appellee

No. 97-CA-00909 COA.

Court of Appeals of Mississippi.

December 18, 1998.

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William D. Boerner, Brookhaven, Attorney for Appellant

John H. Ott, McComb, Attorney for Appellee.


DIAZ, J., for the Court:

¶ 1. Melissa and Daniel Delozier were granted a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. Melissa appeals the terms of the chancellor's order (1) awarding

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joint physical custody of the minor child to both Melissa and Daniel, (2) requiring Melissa to pay a sum of child support which violated the Mississippi child support award guidelines, and (3) requiring Melissa to obtain an appraisal establishing the value of the marital home. Finding error only in the chancellor's award of child support, we reverse and remand for proceedings consistent with this opinion


¶ 2. Melissa and Daniel Delozier were granted a divorce on May 28, 1997. The chancellor determined that since Daniel worked from Thursday evening until Sunday each week and since Melissa was enrolled in school, that the best arrangement for child custody would be to place Dakota, the minor child of the marriage, with Melissa each weekend and with Daniel each week during the school year. Melissa would also have physical custody of Dakota during the entire summer vacation, except for the first and last week of summer vacation and the first week of July, at which time Dakota would be with Daniel. Although at the time of the divorce, Melissa was living four hours away from where the parties had previously resided and the custody arrangement would require Melissa and Daniel to travel a great distance each week, the chancellor concluded that the situation warranted such an arrangement. The chancellor then determined that Melissa should pay $100 per month in child support from August until May of each year and Daniel should pay $100 in child support during the months of June and July. The court also directed both Melissa and Daniel to maintain health insurance coverage on Dakota. Finally, in response to the parties' motion to alter the judgment, the chancellor ordered the parties to either reach an agreement concerning the division of the marital home or, in the alternative, for Melissa to submit an appraisal to the court establishing the value of the home. Melissa appealed the chancellor's order to this Court.



¶ 3. The supreme court has repeatedly held that "[t]he polestar consideration in custody matters is the best interest and welfare of the child." Mercier v. Mercier, 717 So.2d 304 (¶ 10) (Miss.1998). In any child custody proceeding, the chancellor must consider (1) the age, health, and sex of the child; (2) which parent has had the continuity of care prior to the separation; (3) the parties' parenting skills and their willingness and capacity to provide primary child care; (4) the parents' employment and responsibilities of that employment; (5) the physical and mental health and the age of the parents; (6) the emotional ties of the parents and the child; (7) the moral fitness of the parents; (8) the home, school, and community record of the child; (9) the child's preference, if the child is at such an age as the law permits to express a preference; (10) the stability of...

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  • Sturgis v. Sturgis, 1999-CA-00321-COA.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Mississippi
    • August 28, 2001
    ...OF CUSTODY ¶ 12. The matter of child custody is a matter within the sound discretion of the chancellor. Delozier v. Delozier, 724 So.2d 984 (¶ 4) (Miss.Ct.App.1998). Where the chancellor has applied the correct legal standard, and makes finding of facts, which are supported by substantial e......
  • Blevins v. Bardwell, 1999-CA-00983-SCT.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • April 19, 2001
    ...clearly erroneous, or applied an erroneous legal standard. M.C.M.J. v. C.E.J., 715 So.2d 774, 776 (Miss.1998); Delozier v. Delozier, 724 So.2d 984, 986 (Miss.Ct.App.1998). Albright v. Albright, 437 So.2d 1003 (Miss. 1983) clearly states that the primary consideration in all child custody ca......
  • Harrison v. State, 97-KA-00969 COA
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Mississippi
    • December 18, 1998
    ...or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; or (b) attempts to cause or purposely or 724 So.2d 984 knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon or other means likely to produce death or serious bodily harm; Miss.Code Ann. ......

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