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Mississippi Divorce Lawyer

Divorce can be one of the most difficult and painful times in your life.  You need a skilled attorney ready to fight for you whether your divorce is contested or uncontested.  At Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, our divorce attorneys can offer you honest, practical solutions and straightforward answers to your questions about divorce in Mississippi when you need them the most. Call our office today at (228) 872-8752 to speak with one of our expert Mississippi family law attorneys.

Our attorneys at Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC handle both simple and complicated divorce and family law matters while protecting your legal rights both now and in the future.  We pride ourselves on our:

  • Vast knowledge of family law policies, case law, and procedure;
  • Ability to negotiate and try family law cases successfully; and
  • Prompt and responsive client service.

With more than two decades of experience, the attorneys at Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, are the right legal team to represent you during your Mississippi divorce.  Call us today to schedule your complimentary case consultation.

Let an Experienced Mississippi Divorce Attorney Help You

While you may find it tempting to handle your own divorce, divorce paperwork, processes, and court procedures are more complex and time-consuming than you might think.  Documents alone do not provide the advice, judgment, and counsel of an experienced divorce attorney.  Websites offering divorce documents ensure your divorce paperwork is filled out correctly, filed in a timely fashion, or litigated properly in court against your spouse and their attorney.

At Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, we do much more than produce, fill out, and file your divorce documents.  We also do the following, and more, on your behalf:

  • Identify separate and marital property;
  • Value and divide marital assets equitably;
  • Advise you of any tax consequences of asset division;
  • Calculate, negotiate, or argue against spousal maintenance and support;
  • Negotiate or divide and transfer title to real property;
  • Correctly assign retirement account benefits;
  • Act as an intermediary between yourself and your spouse;
  • Reduce the time, effort, stress, and cost of the divorce process;
  • Prepare and ensure child support calculations are calculated correctly and per the law;
  • Prepare and negotiate or argue for specific child visitation and custody arrangements;
  • Ensure necessary provisions are in your divorce documents that protect your legal interests, both current and future.

Call Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC today to set up your confidential divorce appointment.  We want to answer your questions about the divorce process, its intricacies, and its proceedings.  Our attorneys will give you an honest opinion about your case viability and suggest the first steps to take in beginning your case.

Requirements for Divorce in Mississippi

While a marriage is the civil contract by which parties agree to abide by certain rights and obligations set out by state law, divorce is the judicial decree which legally ends that civilly binding relationship.  In Mississippi, couples divorce in the county’s Chancery Court where:

  • The opposing spouse resides or may be found;
  • The parties lived at the time of separation, and the filing spouse still resides; or
  • The filing spouse currently resides if the opposing spouse is not a Mississippi resident.

Mississippi spouses may divorce in one of two ways:  through a no-fault divorce, also known as irreconcilable differences, or by one of twelve divorce grounds allowed by state law.  Those spouses divorcing due to irreconcilable differences may divorce in the Chancery Court where either party resides.

Regardless of divorce type, one party must reside in Mississippi for at least six months before the divorce filing (there is an exception for military personnel).

Grounds for Divorce in Mississippi

In a no-fault divorce, the couple agrees to a divorce and the settlement of their divorce issues.  Divorce issues may include, but are not limited to the following:

If one spouse divorces the other through a lawsuit alleging one of the twelve grounds permitted by Mississippi law, the court may decide whether to grant the divorce under those grounds.  The twelve grounds for divorce in Mississippi are:

  • Natural and incurable impotence;
  • Adultery;
  • A stay in prison for any duration of time;
  • Willful continued, and obstinate desertion for a year;
  • Habitual drunkenness;
  • Habitual and excessive use of opium, morphine, or other like drugs;
  • Continual cruel and inhuman treatment, including spousal domestic abuse;
  • Hidden mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities at the time of marriage;
  • Bigamy;
  • Husband is unaware of the wife being pregnant by another person at the time of the marriage;
  • Degree of kindred that is prohibited by law; and
  • Incurable mental illness.

Waiting Periods for a Mississippi Divorce

A divorce under the no-fault grounds requires a sixty-day waiting period.  Within that sixty days, the spouses must resolve all of their outstanding issues, and the court must approve the spouse’s property settlement agreement.

The remaining twelve grounds for divorce have no set waiting period.  However, one spouse must notify the other at least thirty days before the trial date on the grounds for divorce.  If a spouse is pregnant, the case is generally postponed to allow the court to address any child support and visitation issues.

Every divorce is unique and finishes in its own time.  The shortest divorce in Mississippi takes a minimum of sixty days to resolve.  Divorcing on any of the twelve grounds for divorce takes longer, as do divorces involving any of the following issues:

  • High-value assets;
  • Spousal maintenance;
  • Child support;
  • Custody; and
  • Disposal or other use of marital property around the time of divorce.

While addressing these issues, the court may enter temporary orders to provide for a spouse and children before entering a final divorce decree.

Whether you are considering filing a divorce or were served with divorce papers, you need excellent legal representation.  At Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, we take it on ourselves to give you more than other law firms.  You deserve more responsive, more available, and more diligent legal representation during your divorce.

Contact a Mississippi Divorce Lawyer

If your divorce is fraught with legal issues or is a relatively amicable dissolution of marriage, contact Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC today.  We will gladly discuss any problems you may be experiencing, from spousal hostility to the division of large accounts and assets.  Our attorneys are unafraid to tackle any divorce matters and help you come to an acceptable resolution.