After a divorce or separation, you will likely continue to play a role in your child’s life. Generally, the state of Mississippi will grant custody to both parents assuming that doing so is in the child’s best interest. A noncustodial will typically receive generous visitation rights. However, those rights may be revoked if you bring your son or daughter into an unsafe environment.
What is considered an unsafe environment?
Any environment that could put a child at risk of emotional, sexual or physical abuse will likely be considered unsuitable for a minor. For instance, bringing your young son or daughter to the warehouse floor that you work on could be considered unsuitable if he or she is exposed to large equipment or toxic materials. If you allow your child to be in close contact with a friend who has a history of sexual violence, that may also be grounds for altering a child custody and visitation agreement.
What can you do to keep your child safe?
If you have to work on short notice, it may be in your best interest to hire a babysitter or leave the child with your former partner. If you do bring your child to work, make sure that there is a trained caregiver on the premises who can properly supervise your son or daughter. It may also be a good idea to cut ties with anyone who may expose your child to violence, gambling or other unsavory items.
Your child’s safety should be your top priority at all times. If it’s not, you may lose out on the ability to remain in his or her life. At a minimum, your child may not want to spend time with you after being put in harm’s way.