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Mississippi law offers three methods for obtaining a divorce: Irreconcilable Differences, Irreconcilable Differences with Contested Issues, and Fault Grounds. When you need a Mississippi divorce attorney for any of these methods, John Robert White, PA offers high-quality, personalized representation at reasonable rates.
Contact our firm at (601) 675-4308 for your initial consultation.
Irreconcilable Differences is usually the least stressful and most affordable method for getting a divorce. Also known as “no fault,” this ground requires parties to agree to the divorce, as well as all issues related to the custody and maintenance of minor children and the division of property and debts. From the time the complaint is filed for an Irreconcilable Differences divorce, there is a 60-day waiting period before the court may grant the divorce.
Irreconcilable Differences with Contested Issues is used when the parties agree to the divorce but are unable to come to an agreement regarding the custody and maintenance of minor children or division of property and debts. They consent to the divorce on the grounds of Irreconcilable Differences, and the court decides the issues upon which the parties cannot agree.
Fault Grounds for Divorce
When obtaining a divorce using either of the Irreconcilable Difference methods is not possible, one party may choose to sue the other for divorce using one of the state’s recognized fault grounds.
The state of Mississippi recognizes 12 fault grounds for divorce. These include:
- Habitual Cruel or Inhuman Treatment including Spousal Abuse
- One spouse is sentenced to prison without pardon
- Abandonment for one year or longer
- Habitual Drunkenness
- Habitual Drug Use
- Natural Impotency
- Insanity at the time of the marriage, when unknown
- Marriage to another person
- Pregnancy by another person at the time of the marriage if the husband did not know of the pregnancy
- Incestuous Marriage
- Incurable Insanity
When filing a divorce complaint using a fault ground, the accusing party must prove that the defending party is guilty by a preponderance of the evidence except for adultery which must be proven by clear and convincing evidence. Filing a fault ground divorce complaint is stressful and generally takes significantly more time than irreconcilable differences. In some situations, a divorce complaint may be initially filed on a fault ground and eventually settled on the ground of irreconcilable differences later in the process.
A Mississippi divorce lawyer from our firm can further explain the process in each type of filing and help you make important decisions for your family. We are committed to championing the cause of clients who have been bullied by a spouse.
For more information and to discuss your specific situation, get in touch with us by telephone at (601) 675-4308.