What are the grounds for divorce in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, you can get a divorce with or without fault. There are 12 grounds for divorce on top of the no-fault divorce. No-fault divorces happen when the couple can agree on alimony, property division and child custody or support. Fault-based divorces require a court to step in, listen to the case and determine if the grounds provided are enough to grant the divorce.

Understanding which type of divorce you want to go through is vital. If you want to file for divorce based on grounds, then you can choose one of the following:

  1. Desertion
  2. Natural impotency
  3. Adultery
  4. Inhumane treatment
  5. Incest
  6. Bigamy
  7. Incurable insanity
  8. Pregnancy by another person at the time of marriage
  9. Insanity
  10. Custody at the Mississippi Department of Corrections
  11. Excessive drug use
  12. Excessive drinking

"White-collar crimes" often don't involve the rich and powerful

Many people associate the term "white-collar crime" with Wall Street bigwigs and executives of large corporations. It may seem like even if they're convicted and punished, they end up in "country club prisons." However, people in just about every social strata and all types of professions can get caught up in these crimes, and the legal consequences can be anything but pleasant. Let's look at a few of them.

Tax evasion and fraud

How will you divide your property in a divorce?

Couples who own significant assets have a more complicated process if they decide to divorce. The equitable division of homes, money, investments and other items of value can be difficult.

Therefore, it is important for couples to know before they begin their divorce what property division in Mississippi looks like and how it affects them.

Know your rights during a divorce in Mississippi

A divorce may feel like the end of your world, but it doesn't have to be. By looking at it as a new start, you can help yourself get into a frame of mind that can help you make good decisions while dividing your property and resolving your divorce.

When you look at dividing a marriage, you have to be knowledgeable. Get to know the assets you have and that your spouse has. Know what you're entitled to by law. For example, Mississippi is not a community property state. That means that your assets are not necessarily going to be divided half-and-half style.

Which is better for the accused, state or federal court?

If you've committed a federal crime, you could be looking at charges through the federal system. The trouble with federal charges is that they are crimes that violate federal laws. Often, they're felonies. Felonies come with minimum penalties and serious fines, and they're often difficult to defend against.

If you are charged with a crime, it's better to fight to keep the charges in the state courts. State courts and federal courts are different, and the outcome for similar cases could vary widely. For instance, a robbery charged at the federal level might have minimum penalties, but the same crime charged at the state level could have no minimums. This is something that is extremely important when working on a defense and potential plea bargain.

Successfully co-parent this Halloween

It’s the middle of October and that means Halloween is upon us. Costumes line the aisles of stores and pumpkins sit outside houses. Your child is excited. They have their outfit ready and can’t wait to go house to house for candy.

This is the first Halloween after your divorce and you don’t want to miss out on any of it. You’re not quite sure how to approach this special day, but want to talk to your ex about it.

Don't let your child become a pawn during divorce

Child custody is one of the most complicated parts of divorce. Even when both parents get along well, custody rights can come under dispute.

It is most common for couples to resolve custody disputes informally. This is when you and your spouse talk on your own and decide what will work best for your situation. If you cannot resolve the dispute on your own, then there is the possibility of going through mediation, arbitration or trial to find a solution.

Emotions can hurt: Don't drag out your divorce

Divorces are stressful; there is no way to avoid it. However, you can handle your divorce stress gracefully and walk away from the end of your marriage in a stable position if you handle the divorce in the right way.

It is important not to let your emotions get the better of you when you file for a divorce. Whether you're grieving or just want to keep your spouse happy, the reality is that the divorce will move forward no matter how you act. In that case, it's better to act in a way that is respectful and that gets the job done and over with relatively quickly.

When should children get a say in custody decisions?

Child custody often becomes most difficult when a child gets to the age that he or she has an opinion. Whether your child is a young teenager or one about to reach adulthood, there is a chance that they will have something to say about any parenting plan or arrangement you set up during a divorce.

As a parent, it is well within your rights to put your foot down and tell your child what is going to happen if it's in their best interests. However, it is usually in your child's best interest to have some kind of say once they are old enough to understand what they are doing. For example, a 15-year-old child may wish to live with their Mom or Dad depending on their gender because of puberty. That would be a reasonable request and something that parents should consider carefully.

What are the 12 grounds for divorce in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, there are 12 grounds on which people can divorce. Like other states, there is the option of a no-fault divorce. However, if you can't agree on settlement terms for child support, custody, alimony and property division, then you may need to sue the other party for a divorce. That's when one of the 12 faults comes into play.

Before you can file for the divorce, you need to be a resident of the state for six months or longer. If you're separating based on irreconcilable differences, then you have a 60-day waiting period before you can divorce. Other grounds have no waiting period other than a 30-day waiting period before trial.

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