In Mississippi it can be ridiculously hard to get a divorce. Untying the knot can be quite the task…
Mississippi is NOT a true “No Fault” divorce state. Instead, MS requires the parties agree to the divorce and all the terms for an Irreconcilable Differences Divorce and absent that agreement you must have Fault Grounds, that can be proven.
If no agreement and no Fault Grounds, guess what? You cannot get divorced, but that does not mean you have a marriage!
Sure, legally you are married, but there is no requirement that you reside with your spouse and even if you commit an act which would entitle your spouse to a divorce it does not mean you can get the divorce- – only if they choose to seek fault grounds against you.
Time and again legislation has been proposed to eliminate this “divorce blackmail” chasm that is MS law. Time and again any compromise on divorce law has died on the vine under the auspices of “protecting families.”
Families are not being protected by laws which create legal blackmail situations. This change, by the way, if it ever happens is contrary to divorce lawyer’s self interests! If there is a more reasonable process to get a divorce, divorce lawyers make less money.
Marriages are wonderful blessings, unless they are not. It’s time for Mississippi laws to reflect that.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce attorney in Mississippi and can help you untie the knot that became a “noose.”
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