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Lawmakers work to add domestic violence as a ground for divorce

In Mississippi, couples who are planning to get a divorce have to give a reason for the divorce. Mississippi has both fault and no-fault divorces. Lawmakers are working on having domestic violence added for a reason in fault divorces. Those who have been accused of domestic violence may need a criminal defense attorney to represent their interests because of the high cost of a conviction.

A Mississippi resident who is thinking about filing for a fault divorce may soon be able to use domestic violence as a reason. Lawmakers are working on adding domestic violence to the habitual cruel and inhuman treatment statute. If the amendment passes, a person who is the victim of domestic violence would give testimony and, if it is found to be clear and convincing, that can be the grounds for a divorce.

Domestic violence happens to thousands of people across Mississippi each year. Those who are convicted of domestic violence can face severe penalties, including jail time and high fines. If a person is facing domestic assault charges, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the charge and aggressively defend their client. They can make sure their client's legal rights are protected and that they are able to tell their side of the story.

A divorce has many intricacies associated with these situations. It is important for those who have had domestic assault accusations or convictions to have legal representation in a divorce situation. A domestic assault conviction can lead to a person's reputation being ruined, along with having a criminal record.

Source:, "Mississippi lawmakers work to clarify divorce laws regarding domestic violence", Courtney Ann Jackson, March 6, 2017

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