OF JUDGMENT: 07/07/2016
REST COUNTY CHANCERY COURT HON. DEBORAH J. GAMBRELL
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: PHILLIP LLOYD LONDEREE.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: HARRY RAY LANE.
LEE, C.J., WILSON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
This appeal concerns a custody dispute where the chancellor
awarded the mother physical custody of the minor child. The
father now appeals, arguing that the chancellor erred.
Finding no error, we affirm.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Zachary Dakota Weber (Dakota) and Krystal Bryant Weber had a
son together in December 2011. At the time of their son's
birth, Dakota was eighteen years old and Krystal was
seventeen years old, so they lived with Dakota's mother
and stepfather in Petal, Mississippi. Dakota and Krystal
married in April 2014, but separated approximately eight
months later. On December 17, 2015, Dakota filed a complaint
for divorce in the Forrest County Chancery Court, alleging
several fault grounds and requesting custody of the
couple's minor child. Ultimately, the parties withdrew
their fault grounds and agreed to an
irreconcilable-differences divorce. They entered into a
property-settlement agreement, reserving the issues of
custody, visitation, and child support for the
After a trial, the chancellor conducted an
Albright analysis and awarded Krystal physical
custody of the minor child, with both parties to have legal
custody. The chancellor ordered Dakota to pay $300 per month
in child support and set a visitation schedule.
In his appeal, Dakota argues that the chancellor erred in
applying the Albright factors and in failing to
award the parties joint custody.
This Court's standard of review regarding child custody
is a limited one. C.W.L. v.R.A., 919 So.
2d 267, 270 (¶8) (Miss. Ct. App. 2005). This Court will
not disturb a chancellor's findings "unless
manifestly wrong or clearly erroneous." Sanderson v.
Sanderson, 824 So. 2d 623, 625 (¶8) (Miss. 2002).
However, "[a] chancellor's conclusions of law ...