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Waveland is the divorce capital of Mississippi

Almost half of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce. Folks in Mississippi enjoy a divorce rate that's slightly lower than the national average: between three and four of every 10 married couples in the Magnolia State divorce. According to USA Today, however, one neighbor of Gulfport has a divorce rate that's almost double that of the rest of the state: Waveland.

Across Mississippi, just under 12 percent of the total population is composed of divorced individuals. In Waveland, however, one out of every five adults in the city is divorced. Financial concerns often play a part in divorce, and statistics show that a there are a high number of low-income households in the Waveland area. On the other hand, it's possible that the low income level is a result of divorce - separate single-income households instead of combined, double income households - rather than a cause of it.

Regardless, divorce is never easy, and often it can be difficult to say that it happened for one reason or another - sometimes the reasons no longer even matter. What is important, though, is making sure that the divorce process proceeds as smoothly and equitable as possible. Trying and work out issues like custody, child support, spousal support, and property division without the help of an outside party often results in a deterioration of the relationship and further disputes.

The help of an experienced divorce attorney can help to ensure that the dissolution process is smooth. Formalized agreements, signed by a judge and ordered by a court, can help both parties rest assured that the terms of the divorce are complete and no surprises are in the offing. In the event that parties want to make a change, a seasoned lawyer can help with divorce modifications, as well.

Source: USAToday, "Broken hearts: A rundown of the divorce capital of every state," John Harrington and Cheyenne Buckingham, Feb. 2, 2018

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