Mississippi law provides 12 causes for divorce which include: (1) natural impotency; (2) adultery; (3) being sentenced to any penitentiary; (4) willful desertion for at least one year; (5) habitual drunkenness; (6) excessive use of drugs; (7) habitual cruel and inhuman treatment; (8) mental illness or retardation at the time of marriage that was unknown to the spouse at the time of marriage; (9) being married to someone else at the time of the alleged marriage between the parties; (10) pregnancy of the wife at the time of the marriage by someone other than the husband that was unknown to the husband at the time of marriage; (11) being related to one another by a degree of kindred prohibited by Mississippi law; or (12) incurable mental illness. (Mississippi Code Title 93, Chapter 5 Section 1) A divorce may also be granted on the grounds of irreconcilable differences if the complaint is filed jointly, if personal service is made on the defendant or if the defendant has entered a written waiver of process. (Mississippi Code Title 93, Chapter 5 Section 2)
While divorce may be common, when you go through it yourself, you still deserve dedicated, personal focus on your rights and unique situation. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you figure out the best way forward, explain the law, and represent you in court if it is ever necessary. Take the first step now and contact a local divorce attorney to discuss your divorce.