The Lawyer Who Handles Your Divorce Will Make A Difference

Going through divorce is an emotionally stressful experience, 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 Mel Coxwell can help you work through the minute details of a divorce and minimize the emotional pressure you experience.

If aspects of your divorce are contentious, you can rely on Mel's experience as a trial lawyer to take your case to court or negotiate 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 you are not saddled with your spouse's debt, to provide for childcare, and to resolve other legal issues smoothly.

Types Of Divorce

The state of Mississippi recognizes three types of divorce:

  • No-fault in which both parties agree: Most divorces are settled amicably by the couple. No proof of fault is required. If both parties agree, settlement of all legal issues is handled relatively easily.
  • No-fault with disputes: While both parties may agree to divorce, some details may be in dispute. The parties may resolve these issues through negotiation, or they can 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 other factors that must be decided in a divorce proceeding especially when children are involved. This may include:

  • Custody
  • Child support
  • A parenting plan for a noncustodial parent
  • Dividing property
  • Contempt

Let's Discuss Your Goals And Create A Legal Strategy

To ensure an equitable outcome, it is important to retain an experienced divorce attorney. In the Jackson and Brandon, Mississippi, area, you can contact the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell. Call 601-724-8723 or use the firm's online contact form to schedule a meeting.