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Matthew operates the Thompson Law Firm, pllc. A Ridgeland, Mississippi based Family Law firm emphasizing; Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Modification, Contempt and Appeals, handling family law cases throughout Mississippi. (601) 850-8000

Does it Take an Act of Congress to Get a Divorce…in Mississippi?

The Mississippi Constitution of 1817, Article VI, Section 17 , provided that “Divorces from the bonds of matrimony, shall not be granted but in cases provided for by law, by suit in Chancery; provided that no decree for divorce shall have effect until the same shall be sanctioned by two-thirds of both branches of the General Assembly.”

At the time Mississippi became a state it took a vote by 2/3 of the legislature to get a divorce, after a Judge determined you had grounds for divorce.

This requirement for legislative approval was removed in 1869 and likewise did not reappear in the 1890 Mississippi, the state’s current Constitution.

So, no, it does not take an act of the legislature to get a divorce…anymore, but it can still be difficult and possibly impossible in Mississippi without provable fault grounds.

Matthew Thompson is a divorce and civil litigation attorney in Mississippi.

Happy Mother’s Day!

When the GATES Come Crashing Down; Bill Gates’ Divorce and How it Impacts YOU.

The celebrity divorce du jour is Bill & Melinda Gates.

After over a quarter century of marriage, Melinda Gates has sought a no-fault divorce from Bill Gates in the state of Washington. The parties appear to be working on an agreement to resolve the dissolution of the marriage and the division of assets.

Of note, Bill Gates was already a billionaire when the parties met and married. Media reports indicate there was no prenuptial agreement and Washington is a community property state, which bodes well for a 50/50 split of assets.

So, how does this impact you?

  1. It’s a lesson that no matter how much money you have it does not guaranty wedded bliss;
  2. You never truly know the health of a marriage from an outside perspective; and
  3. It really doesn’t impact YOU. It has no bearing on the strength of your relationships.

Matthew Thompson is civil litigation attorney and reminds you that other people’s divorces are not really your drama.