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Mississippi at-fault divorce laws you should know

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2022 | Divorce |

Issues that cause disruption or changes in a family’s life vary from loss or change in employment, relocation, financial and other matters. Even good or happy issues can prompt sudden changes in a family’s life, such as a birth or marriage. One of the most common topics of change in many Mississippi households, however, is divorce.  

Filing an at-fault divorce means that the petitioner spouse has grounds for seeking a legal end to his or her marriage. In this state, there are numerous reasons the court may consider valid for doing so. There are also several antiquated laws on the books that some spouses might find peculiar, which might wind up being pertinent to their own case.  

Mississippi considers idiocy a legitimate reason to file for divorce 

In addition to issues such as impotency, pregnancy of a wife by another person other than her spouse or abandonment, an old law that is still valid today also lists idiocy as a legitimate reason for requesting a divorce. Most dictionaries define “idiocy” in terms similar to “extremely stupid behavior.” This is, of course, an ambiguous and subjective phrase, which may be interpreted in many ways.  

Support is available for anyone facing complex issues in divorce 

If a spouse has filed an at-fault divorce petition, the pair of spouses in question may disagree on certain issues, which must then be left to the judge overseeing the case to decide when the spouses are unable to achieve an agreement. When issues such as adultery, financial deceit or child custody matters are at stake, it can be difficult to find common ground, especially if the relationship between a specific set of spouses is contentious. In such cases, the support of an experienced family law attorney may prove invaluable to a concerned spouse who is unsure what action to take to protect his or her interests, including but not limited to those pertaining to finances or children.