How is divorce initiated in Mississippi?

There’s two ways a divorce can be initiated in Mississippi.

The first way would be what we call an irreconcilable differences divorce. That’s where both parties agree that they want to get divorced. That way, they would fill out the paperwork, file the paperwork, and they would have a 60 day waiting period. It’s called a cooling off period. After that 60 days, they would be eligible to present the judge an order, and get divorced.

The other way is you file for a divorce on the basis of grounds. Some of the classic grounds being adultery, habitual drunkenness, habitual drug use, and those types of things. There’s 12 grounds in Mississippi. So, basically, you would file a lawsuit to institute those types of divorces. So, we’ve got fault-based divorce, and we’ve got no-fault based divorce.