Category Archives: Divorce

Marriage is a Fundamental Right, Divorce is NOT.

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that you have a fundamental right to marry the person of your choosing. See Loving v. Virginia, Zablocki v. Redhail, and Obergefell v. Hodges.

This is especially true in Mississippi, but only with regard to the right to marry.

Mississippi is 1 of only 2 states in the US that does not recognize a married person’s absolute right to a divorce. South Dakota is the other state. This means that in Mississippi your spouse has to agree to the divorce and ALL of the terms of the divorce (irreconcilable differences) OR you have to have Fault Grounds against your spouse that you can prove to the satisfaction of a Judge.

If there is no agreement by the spouses OR you do not have OR cannot prove fault grounds you will just stay unhappily married.

So, what happens if your spouse will not agree and you cannot prove grounds? You stay married or you move away. Those are your options.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and can help you get out of being unhappily ever after.

Rocky Wilkins: Best of Jackson- Personal Injury Attorney

I’ve known Rocky for over 15 years. He’s been a personal injury attorney for about 19 of his 20 years of law practice. He is as good as they get.

Left to Right, Matthew Thompson, Tamica Jeuitt, and Rocky Wilkins

Rocky has been nominated for Best Personal Injury Attorney. There are some good ones on the list, but I can attest to Rocky’s legal skill and experience, legal ethics and his ability to help people who are not in a position to help themselves. Rocky is my #1.

There’s a link up above to go to the voting. Now, the website has not made it easy or user friendly. Below are the step-by-step, instructions;

  • 1) Click Link (above)
  • 2) Scroll to bottom of landing page and click “Next,”
  • 3) Vote for Your choice. Rocky is the last name in the #3 category “Best Personal Injury Attorney.
  • 4) Scroll all the way down and click “Next.”
  • 5) Enter your name, email and phone number. (the site is doing this to verify votes from real persons and to dissuade ballot stuffing)
  • 6) Click “Submit.”

Rocky Wilkins was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1996 and the University of Mississippi School Of Law in 1999.

Still us, left to right.

Mr. Wilkins practiced personal injury law at his own law firm in Jackson, Mississippi for over 15 years before joining Morgan and Morgan in May 2017 as a partner with the firm.

Mr. Wilkins focuses primarily on personal injury, product liability, automobile accident litigation, 18-wheeler cases, premises liability, and fire cases. Mr. Wilkins has had involvement with litigation regarding Baycol, the Rouse Polymerics Plant explosion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the Lakeview Manor Apartment fire that resulted in the deaths of four children.

Mr. Wilkins has tried over 40 cases to verdict and obtained several substantial jury verdicts in his career, including some in excess of $1 million. Mr. Wilkins has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on the topics of trial practice, personal injury litigation, and evidence. He also taught Trial Practice as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.

Mr. Wilkins is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Association for Justice, and the American Board of Trial Advocates and was chosen as a Super Lawyer from 2014-2017 and Rising Star from 2009-2012 in the area of personal injury. He is the co-host of Law Call, which is a live weekly television show to discuss legal topics and answer questions from viewers.

Love your Child MORE than you Hate the Other Parent…

Your job as the parent is to do what is best for your child every time.

It can be hard to show grace to a spouse/other parent who does not deserve, but most of the time it is what is best for your child.

It does not mean that they are not held accountable, but what it does mean, is that short of placing your child in true danger, you encourage and promote a relationship between the child and the other parent.

Just not saying hateful things (like they do ) is not enough. Your child is half of them and half of you. If you convince them that the other parent is ALL bad, then you are telling your child that half of their identity is bad.

Exceptions, of course, are made for abuse and dangerous conduct, but those are the exceptions, not the rule.

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody lawyer in Mississippi and thinks the Family Law world needs a little more love.