There are only twelve legal reasons you can get divorced in the state of Mississippi, they refuse to add domestic violence as reason number thirteen!
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- Mississippi Fails To Add Domestic Violence As A Legal Reason For Divorce
- Advocates say the state’s antiquated divorce laws can make it harder for victims to leave abusive spouses.
In Mississippi, a person can get a divorce if their spouse is a habitual drunk, commits adultery, has an incurable mental illness or is naturally impotent.
But, if their spouse beats them? That would make things more complicated. As it currently stands, domestic violence is not among the 12 legal grounds for divorce in the state.
A recent effort to rectify that died in the Mississippi state Senate last week.
The bill would have made domestic violence the 13th legal justification for divorce, as long as it was “established by clear and convincing evidence, where the perpetrator commits upon a spouse one of the following: attempting to cause, or purposely or knowingly causing, bodily injury to the spouse; or attempting by physical menace to put the spouse in fear of imminent serious bodily harm.”