OF JUDGMENT: 08/21/2015
COUNTY CHANCERY COURT HON. JOHNNY LEE WILLIAMS TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: CHASE FORD MORGAN.
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE: JOHN D. SMALLWOOD SHEILA HAVARD
LEE, C.J., BARNES AND CARLTON, JJ.
In this case, we must determine whether the chancellor erred
in dividing custody of the couple's minor children.
Finding no error, we affirm.
Heath and Holly Grames were married in 1995 and separated in
January 2014. The couple had four children: Parker, born in
1998; Miles, born in 2000; Clarissa, born in 2002; and
Savannah, born in 2006. In February 2015, Holly filed her
complaint for divorce in the Forrest County Chancery Court.
By agreement of the parties, the chancellor appointed a
guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent the best interest of the
After a trial, the chancellor awarded Holly custody of the
two girls and Heath custody of the two boys. The chancellor
also set a visitation schedule. Heath filed a motion to alter
or amend the judgment. The chancellor issued a supplemental
judgment to clarify several matters, including the visitation
Heath now appeals, arguing the chancellor erred by separating
the children and by failing to award him reasonable
visitation with his daughters.
Heath and Holly are originally from Utah and moved to
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 2006 for Heath's job. Heath
has a Ph.D. in marriage and family counseling and works at
the University of Southern Mississippi as an associate
professor. Throughout the marriage, Holly worked part-time to
finish college and ultimately graduated with a master's
degree in accounting. In 2012, she began working for the
Richton School District as a financial officer.
Although Heath and Holly each accuse the other of cruel and
immature behavior toward one another, both agree that they
are good parents and all four children are well adjusted.
After the parties separated, Holly began a long-distance
relationship with a man living in Utah. This relationship
caused tension between Holly and Miles, especially after
Miles saw a suggestive photograph on Holly's phone that
Holly had texted to her boyfriend. The picture was of Holly