Mississippi Divorce Attorney
Even in the simplest situations, divorcing couples need to recognize the complexities involved in a process that requires you to plan for every aspect of the life you want in the future. Although Mississippi provides a means for simplified divorce, this option is typically appropriate for ending childless, short-term marriages involving few assets. This is a major change—most people require the support of experienced Mississippi divorce attorneys. At Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we provide compassionate, experienced support to help protect your rights and ensure the best future for you and your children.
Basic requirements for divorce filings
To file for divorce under Mississippi law, you must meet the following requirements:
- Residency: At least one spouse must reside in the state for at least six months, but you may have to file for divorce in a specific county, based on residence histories of either or both spouses
- Grounds: You must specify legally accepted grounds for filing. The law permits both no-fault and specific fault-based grounds
- Paperwork: You must file an extensive number of forms that identify grounds, disclose financial details of both spouses, identify issues and agreements regarding the children, their support, and residence, and handle the legal processes
Significant issues can arise even in friendly, uncontested divorces. In most cases, it makes sense for both spouses to retain experienced divorce attorneys to help ensure a smooth process.
Planning and preparation
The process of dividing one household into two involves looking at every detail of family life. The following issues represent some of the decisions and preparation you need:
- Type of divorce: You can choose between contested and uncontested divorce in Mississippi. Whenever possible, it makes sense to pursue an uncontested divorce, which typically leaves you and your spouse in greater control over your futures. But you also need to decide the best method for reaching agreement. A variety of alternative dispute resolution options exist, such as divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.
- Financial accounting: Every divorce requires the preparation of extensive financial details for both spouses, including itemization of all marital and non-marital property, as well as details of income, assets, and debt.
- Child issues: Both you and the courts hold the best interests of the children to be of primary importance, but these are the most emotionally charged issues you may face. Our Mississippi divorce attorneys can provide the sound legal advice you need when determining the custody and support solutions the court is most likely to approve.
Contact an experienced divorce attorney in Mississippi today
Divorce represents a major change to your life and the lives of your children. You need compassionate and experienced Mississippi divorce lawyers who can guide you through the planning and legal processes to help ensure a bright future. At Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick in Mississippi, we provide the full range of advice and support you need. We cover the areas of Jackson and Harrison counties, including Biloxi and Gulfport. For immediate assistance, contact us at 1-866-461-1591 today.