Going through a divorce is an emotionally stressful situation even if both parties are amicable about it. Dissolving a marriage is a major occurrence in any family's life and it is important to seek legal counsel to protect you and your family's interests. An experienced family law attorney, like those found at the Jackson and Brandon, Mississippi law firm of Mel Coxwell, can help you work out the minute details of a divorce and minimize the emotional pressure you experience.

Choosing the Right Divorce Lawyer

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If you are going through a difficult divorce proceeding, you may rely on Mel Coxwell's experience as a trial lawyer to take your case to court or negotiating a successful settlement that meets your needs.

The Marriage Contract

Like other legal agreements, marriage binds each partner to certain responsibilities. A legal divorce becomes necessary to ensure that you are not saddled with your spouse's debt, provide for childcare, and resolve other legal issues smoothly.

Types of Divorce

The state of Mississippi recognizes three different types of divorce:

  • No-fault where both parties agree - Most divorces are settled amicably by the couple. No proof of fault is required and if both parties agree, settlement of all legal issues is handled relatively easily.
  • No-fault where there are disputes - While it may be agreed by each party that they should divorce, some details may be in dispute. If the parties agree they may submit the disputed issues to a judge for a legally binding decision.

The third type of divorce is called an at-fault divorce. The guilt of a spouse must be proven in court for at-fault divorce cases. In Mississippi, one party must prove that the other is at fault for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Habitually cruel treatment or abuse
  • Habitual Drunkenness
  • Habitual Drug abuse
  • Adultery
  • Desertion

Other grounds may be brought before an at-fault divorce proceeding as well. The fault case must be proven in court and presided over by a judge unless the parties agree to a settlement.

Other Considerations

There are many factors that must be decided in a divorce proceeding especially when children are involved. Some of the other considerations you must make include:

  • Custody
  • Child support
  • Visitation
  • Dividing property
  • Contempt

In order to ensure an equitable outcome, it is important to retain an experienced divorce attorney. In the Jackson and Brandon, Mississippi area, please contact a divorce lawyer from the law office of Mel Coxwell to assess your individual situation and make sure you get the legal help you need.