Divorce may be an emotionally draining process, which is often complicated by contentious legal proceedings. At the Hancock Law Firm, our Jackson divorce lawyers seek to resolve every issue in the most efficient and dignified way possible. We understand that each person’s situation is different, and we adapt our approach to the needs of each individual client. Our family law attorneys can guide residents of the Tri-County Area through matters related to alimony, child custody, child support, and property division.Pursuing a Divorce in Mississippi
Mississippi law recognizes both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. (A “ground” for divorce simply means a reason to dissolve the marriage.) A fault divorce is typically based on some sort of misconduct by one spouse. The state recognizes several fault grounds, such as adultery, imprisonment, desertion, incurable insanity, and alcohol or drug abuse.
A no-fault divorce, on the other hand, does not attribute fault to either spouse and requires no proof of any wrongdoing. It denotes that the marriage is ending on the basis of “irreconcilable differences,” which just means that the spouses no longer get along and are not likely to resolve their divergence. This type of divorce may only be granted when both parties agree to a divorce. If the spouses agree that they want a divorce but cannot agree on all of the related matters, the court will decide them. This is commonly known as a no-fault divorce with contested issues.
In order to file for any type of divorce in Mississippi, at least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing. The proceedings may begin in the county in which either spouse lives.
In Mississippi, property will be divided equitably at the time of the divorce. This means that a judge will distribute the marital assets in a way that they deem fair, but not necessarily 50-50 between the spouses. It is important to note that, unlike many other states, Mississippi allows a spouse to retain property for which they have title. When making a property division determination, the judge is free to consider a number of factors, such as the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse during the marriage, each spouse’s earning potential, the value of each spouse’s separate property, and tax consequences.Consult a Divorce Lawyer in the Jackson Area
If you are thinking of filing for divorce or are going through a divorce, it is important to seek the advice of a skilled Jackson divorce attorney who can help you explore your options. At the Hancock Law Firm, we have assisted many people in the Madison, Rankin, and Hinds County area and can help you as well. We understand that this is a difficult time for your family and you, and we will treat you with the sensitivity that you deserve while advocating vigorously on your behalf. We also represent people in Madison, Ridgeland, Clinton, Flowood, Brandon, Flora, Yazoo City, Carthage, and Vicksburg, among other communities. To set up a consultation, call us at 601-853-2223 or contact us online. We also represent people who need a child custody attorney or guidance with the full range of family law matters, ranging from child support and alimony to step-parent adoption and modifications of final judgments.