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The fight for no-fault divorce in Mississippi continues

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There are 12 reasons you can get a divorce in Mississippi with irreconcilable differences being one of them.

That being said, both spouses have to agree in order for a divorce to happen on those terms, which can delay the process for years.

Judiciary A Chairman Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, introduced a bill during this past legislative session that would have added “irrevocably broken” marriage as grounds for divorce — giving just one spouse the power to end a marriage without placing blame on their partner. The bill passed the Senate by a 35-13 vote before dying in committee on the House side.

“We’ve got to get our court system straight, and particularly in our family law area,” Wiggins said during a recent appearance on The Gallo Show. “Our current laws literally are damaging to the families in this state. I had multiple senators stand up and say, ‘This bill is needed,’ because they personally had been through divorces where it was weaponized.”

Mississippi is one of just two states without a true unilateral no-fault divorce law, along with South Dakota.

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