When people marry, the believe that they will be spending the rest of their lives with their spouse. However, plans and people change, and many people learn that they may not be quite as compatible as they once thought. Once the decision is made to seek a divorce, people with little experience with Mississippi family law maybe unsure of the best course of action.
There are essentially two types of divorces in the state. In a no-fault divorce, both spouses agree to the divorce and are able to come to an agreement regarding issues such as property division and child support, among others. Matters become somewhat more complicated of one spouse sues the other for a divorce. In a case such as this, Mississippi as 12 different grounds of divorce on which the suit can be based.
Some people may seek a divorce on the grounds of a pre-existing condition of which the plaintiff is unaware before the wedding takes place. This can include a variety of different circumstances, including insanity or impotency. Additionally, a woman who is pregnant with another man's child at the time of the wedding falls under this category.
Another ground for divorce is desertion. A spouse claiming desertion must prove that his or her spouse willingly abandoned him or her, without cause, with no intention of returning. A spouse can claim desertion even if his or her spouse lives in the same house as him or her if it can be proved that the deserting spouse made no effort to to renew the relationship.
While these are just a few of the different grounds for divorce in Mississippi, The Mississippi Bar lists each of the 12 grounds in detail. For most people, it is necessary to seek professional guidance as they work to end their marriage in order to seek the next chapter in their lives. By seeking such assistance, they can ensure that they are treated fairly in all aspects of the divorce process and come to a settlement that upholds their rights.
Source: The Mississippi Bar, "What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Mississippi?", , Sept. 14, 2014