How to Get a Divorce in Mississippi
We’ve talked a lot here on the blog about divorces. From how to get a no-fault divorce, and the difference between a divorce and an annulment, we’ve covered the grounds for divorce; here’s how you start the process.
Steps to Getting a Divorce in Mississippi
- Where do you live? You must reside in Mississippi for at least six months before you can file for divorce, so courts can have legal jurisdiction over the process. Once you’ve satisfied that requirement, then you can move on to step two: filing your paperwork.
- Complete your paperwork. You will have to complete both a divorce complaint and a property settlement agreement in the county in which you or your spouse lives at the time of separation. Though there is no standard divorce complaint in the state, you can expect to provide your contact information, and your reason or reasons for divorcing. If you cite irreconcilable differences, your divorce will not be granted for a mandatory 60-day waiting period, and only then once both spouses sign the paperwork and their property settlement agreement is approved.
- File your paperwork. You must file it in the county where your spouse resides at the time of filing, or where you live. Filing fees vary by county but typically range from $140-$175.
Factors to Consider Before Divorce
Are you pregnant? Courts typically delay divorce if one of the divorcing parties is pregnant. This way, courts can determine the route of custody and potential child support litigation.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Mississippi?
It depends—how fast do you want to be rid of each other? Although the no-contest, or irreconcilable difference divorce is technically one of the fastest ways, with divorces finalized in as little as 60 days depending on how fast your property settlement is approved, all other types of divorce demands the burden of proof for one or more parties. With factors such as property and children added in, the divorce process for some couple can take at least a year, if not longer.
Who Can Help You Get a Divorce in Mississippi?
The Law Office of Andrew Sorrentino is glad to help you with your divorce needs.