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Guiding You Through The Divorce Process

When you stand at the altar saying your vows, you never expect that your union will end in a divorce. Unfortunately, changes or events can occur that can lead to a breakdown of your marriage. When this happens, you need to work with an experienced divorce attorney to help protect your interests throughout the process.

At Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC, attorney Matthew Gilmer has over ten years of experience representing clients throughout the divorce process in Gulfport. He understands how complicated and emotional divorce cases can be. When you work with him, he will always put your best interests at the forefront of every legal strategy.

Types Of Divorce In Mississippi

In Mississippi, you can file for an at-fault or a no-fault divorce, depending on your circumstances. An at-fault divorce requires one party to provide proof of wrongdoing that can lead to a divorce under Mississippi law.

To file for a fault-based divorce, you must prove that any of the following occurred:

  • Adultery
  • Cruel and inhumane treatment
  • Drunkenness
  • Desertion or abandonment for at least a year
  • Habitual drug use
  • Jail sentence of one year or more
  • Impotency
  • Insanity
  • Incest

A no-fault divorce can occur when there was no specific reason for the breakdown of the marriage. In these cases, a couple can file for divorce without having to allege fault or wrongdoing. The only requirement is to show that irreconcilable differences caused the divorce. However, both parties must agree to the divorce and on the terms, including child custody, support and property distribution.

Understanding The Divorce Process

To file for divorce in Mississippi, you or your spouse must meet the residency requirements of having been a resident of the state for at least six months. You will also have to ensure that you have legal grounds for an at-fault divorce or agree on a no-fault divorce.

For a no-fault divorce, you and your spouse will file a joint divorce complaint, or one party will file and serve the other. You must also provide a written agreement detailing your decisions about property division, child custody, child support and alimony. If you can agree on all the important terms of your divorce, you can proceed with an uncontested petition. However, any disagreements will require you to proceed with a contested divorce.

However, many couples who file for a contested divorce can reach a settlement agreement before going to trial. While every case is different, family law attorney Matthew Gilmer can assist you in divorce mediation and negotiations as well as in the courtroom if necessary.

Get Started On Your Divorce Today

Although you can file for divorce without the help of an attorney, working with experienced legal counsel can help streamline the process, protect your rights and advocate for your interests. When you work with attorney Matthew Gilmer at Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC, you will always receive the tailored representation you need to get through this difficult time. To schedule a free consultation at his Gulfport law office, call 228-215-1385 or complete an online contact form.