If you are considering getting divorced in Jackson, Mississippi, you might have many questions. The answers to the questions below are meant to be general in nature and aren’t meant to replace the advice of a qualified divorce lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi. Ballard Law, PLLC can review your specific circumstances, answer your questions, and help you understand the next steps.
- How do I get divorced in Jackson, Mississippi? In Jackson, Mississippi, if both you and your spouse agree to the divorce and to the terms, you may be able to file together for a no-fault divorce. However, if your ex disagrees about getting divorced or if you have differences in agreement about child custody, division of assets, alimony, or division of debts, you may need to file for divorce based on the 12 grounds for divorce in Mississippi, and your case may need to go to trial. Ballard Law, PLLC are divorce attorneys in Jackson, Mississippi who can review your situation and help you understand what the next steps should be if you want to file for divorce.
- What are the requirements to file for divorce in Mississippi? In order to file for divorce in Mississippi, you must have been a resident of the state for 6 months and must satisfy all waiting periods before your divorce can be finalized. If your ex disagrees about getting divorced, you may need to file for divorce based on Mississippi’s 12 grounds for divorce. It is important that you meet the requirements before filing. Ballard Law, PLLC is a divorce lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi who can review your situation, see that you meet requirements, and help you file in the best way possible.
- What are the 12 grounds for divorce in Mississippi? If you and your ex agree to the divorce, it is possible to file for divorce based on irreconcilable differences. This is known as a no-fault divorce. However, if your divorce is contested, meaning your ex doesn’t want to divorce or if you and your ex cannot agree to the terms of the divorce, you’ll need to file for divorce based on one of 12 grounds. In Mississippi, these grounds include: impotence, adultery, abandonment, imprisonment of one spouse, desertion, drug abuse or alcohol abuse, cruel and inhumane treatment, insanity, prior marriage, incest, bigamy, or insanity at the time of the marriage. Ballard Law, PLLC will take the time to listen to your story and help you find the best course forward.
- How much does divorce cost in Mississippi. Filing fee for irreconcilable differences divorce is typically less than $100.00 and the filing fee for a fault based divorce is typically less than $150.00. However, this amount doesn’t begin to cover any other costs, such as attorney’s fees. If you have questions about attorney’s fees, Ballard Law, PLLC in Jackson, Mississippi can review your case and help you understand how much your divorce might cost. A no-fault divorce might be less expensive than a fault-based divorced filed on grounds.
- How long will it take to get divorced in Mississippi? Again, the time it will take to get divorced will depend on your situation. At the very least, you’ll need to satisfy the waiting period of 60 days if you and your ex agree to a no-fault divorce. If you need to divorce based on grounds or if you and your ex don’t agree to the terms of the divorce, you may need to take your divorce to court and this can take longer. Ballard Law, PLLC is a divorce lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi who can review your case and give you a timeline for how long your divorce might take. Of course, timelines always depend on the cooperation of your ex, which can sometimes be difficult to predict.
- How are debts and assets divided in divorce? Debts and assets are divided equitably in a Mississippi divorce. Equitable division of property doesn’t always mean equal division of property. Many factors, like each partner’s contribution to the marriage, the length of the marriage, and other factors might play a role in division of property and debts. Ballard Law, PLLC are divorce lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi who will review your income, assets, debts, tax returns, bank statements, and any other financial documents you have, determine which assets are marital property and which is separate property, and assist you with the division of assets and debts. Separate property may not be subject to division while marital property is subject to division.
- What is marital property and what is separate property? Marital property refers to any assets, debts, or property you and your partner acquired during the marriage. Separate property refers to any property, debts, or assets you acquired yourself, before the marriage. However, over the course of a marriage, sometimes separate property can end up getting comingled with marital property. Ballard Law, PLLC is a divorce lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi who can help you understand which property is separate and which is marital and our firm can also fight for your rights to protect property which was yours before the marriage. We can also review any prenuptial agreements to fight for your rights.
- How is child custody determined in Mississippi? Child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child standard. However, many couples are able to reach agreements about child custody outside of court with the help of their divorce lawyer. It is often in your best interests to reach a settlement outside of court. When parents take child custody battles to court there is always the risk that the judge will make a decision neither parent might want. Ballard Law, PLLC is a divorce attorney in Jackson, Mississippi who can review your rights as they pertain to child custody and help you find a resolution that is in the best interests of your children.
- How is child support determined? Child support is determined based on formulas that take into account each spouse’s assets and income. However, child support may not always cover all your child’s needs, like college expenses or extracurricular expenses. Ballard Law, PLLC can help you understand what your child might be entitled to receive under Mississippi child support guidelines and may be able to help you build in additional support amounts for college or other expenses into your divorce agreement.
- What can Ballard Law do for me? Ballard Law, PLLC can help you with all aspects of your divorce, from filing, to meeting court requirements, to helping you reach a settlement regarding child custody, support, division of debts and property and assets. Contact our firm today to learn more.
Divorce can be one of the most stressful decisions you might ever make in your life. However, you don’t have to navigate the divorce process alone. Speak to Ballard Law, PLLC today, divorce lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi, who can answer your divorce questions in more detail.