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.
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.
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.
Preparing for a divorce is just as important as talking to your spouse about getting one. Before you ever have that conversation, it's a good idea to start taking steps to collect information that can help you in court.
Late last year, we saw rankings of the states with the highest divorce rates. Mississippi did slightly worse than average, coming in with a divorce rate of 3.4 per 1,000 people. The rate is 9 percent higher than the national average. So that’s not too bad.