Approximately half of all marriages end in divorce.
In Mississippi, parties are limited to the reasons that they can get a divorce based on FAULT. Mississippi Code § 93-5-1 lists the Causes for Divorce, and below they are listed in order as most often plead;
#1. Habitual cruel and inhuman treatment.
#2. Adultery, unless it should appear that it was committed by collusion of the parties for the purpose of procuring a divorce, or unless the parties cohabited after knowledge by complainant of the adultery.
#3. Habitual drunkenness.
#4. Habitual and excessive use of opium, morphine or other like Drug(s).
Lesser plead, but still valid Grounds for Divorce include;
#5. Desertion, Willful, continued and obstinate for the space of one (1) year.
#6. Sentenced to any Penitentiary, and not pardoned before being sent there.
#7. Having Mental Illness or an intellectual disability at the time of marriage, if the party complaining did not know of that infirmity.
#8. Bigamy, Marriage to some other person at the time of the pretended marriage between the parties.
#9. Pregnancy of the wife by another person at the time of the marriage, if the husband did not know of the pregnancy.
#10. Incest, Either party may have a divorce if they are related to each other within the degrees of kindred between whom marriage is prohibited by law.
#11. Incurable mental illness. However, no divorce shall be granted upon this ground unless the party with mental illness has been under regular treatment for mental illness, confined in an institution for a period of at least three (3) years immediately preceding the commencement of the action.
#12. Natural impotency.
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and knows a thing or two about fault grounds for divorce in Mississippi.
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