Divorce in Mississippi
From the Gulf Coast to the Delta, the Piney Woods to the Hills –we are similar, we are Southern, we are Mississippians, but we are not the same. William Faulkner said “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” In the midst of divorce, this already puzzling paradox of a place may have you feeling overwhelmed, especially as family and culture collide with the law. You were proud of being in the Bible Belt until you felt laid at the alter of public opinion with regard to your problems at home. Now, you are looking for some clarity. Seeking answers to basic questions about what life will look like next.
Daily I walk around my small, picturesque town with a thought bubble over my head: “Person Going Through A Divorce.” When I look at other people, I automatically form thought bubbles over their heads. “Happy Couple With Stroller.” “Innocent Teenage Girl With Her Whole Life Ahead Of Her” . . . “Young Kids Kissing Publicly.” Then every so often I see one like me, one of the shambling gaunt women without makeup, looking older than she is: “Divorcing Woman Wondering How The Fuck This Happened.” –Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce
While the law is the same in Mississippi no matter your county seat, the local rules and customs, life experience of the Chancellor (who serves as the finder of facts and the law) and the different personalities of the local bar can make a huge difference in the pace and ultimate outcome of your case.
Whether you live in 39047, 39042 or somewhere in between, your judicial system is one of the finest in our state, and if you are facing divorce, your case will be heard by a dedicated Chancellor who will do his best to create and equitable outcome. While we are located in the next county over, we routinely practice in Rankin County, helping folks who live in Brandon, Pearl, Flowood, Florence, Richland, Pelahatchie and small towns in between.
You have walked through the kitchen at Doe's Eat Place more times than you can count, but now everyone seems more interested in your personal life than they are in the price of corn and beans. In the Delta, everyone knows everyone, and you may need to work with professionals like those at R+E who are out of town and completely removed from your daily life.
Gulfport and Biloxi
You will never forget August 29, 2005 when the storm hit. While Hurricane Katrina did lots of damage to your things, what you are walking through over ten years later feels just as frightening, maybe more so. After the storm, everyone rallied together. But today, you feel all alone --like nobody could possibly understand everything that is happening. You need a partner to help rebuild your life, and looking outside the Coast may give you fresh perspective.
The Hub City is bisected by the boundaries of Forrest County and Lamar County, but at the moment, you feel bisected by anger and sadness over the prospect of divorce. Whether you work at Camp Shelby, in health care or at one of the Universities, Hattiesburg feels much smaller than usual these days.
The only good thing about getting a divorce in Jackson, Mississippi is you have lots of choices when it comes to legal representation. Whether you live in Belhaven, Fondren, Eastover, Northeast Jackson or somewhere south of town, you have the luxury of working with specialists like those at R+E who do nothing but practice family law.
Madison and Ridgeland
As a resident of Madison County, Mississippi, you are among our state's most affluent citizens and just around the corner from the office of Robertson + Easterling.
Judges Jerry Mason and Larry Primeaux are two of the best in the Mississippi Chancery Court system. They allow lawyers to try their cases, and will render insightful, multipage opinions in support of what they deem to be equitable.
The home of William Faulkner, Ole Miss and too many lawyers. Oxford has an art, music and literature scene which is the reason people from all over the world are educated at the University and then decide to come back for good.
Southhaven, Olive Branch and Horn Lake
You spend lots of time in Memphis, but Mississippi is home. Southaven, Olive Branch and Horn Lake are thriving North Mississippi communities, but you feel like attorneys with a statewide range may be a better fit for your complicated family dynamic.
Starkville, Columbus, and West Point
The Golden Triangle is home to more than 125,000 residents when it is not a Mississippi State football weekend. Whether you live in Lowndes, Oktibbeha or Clay County, the R+E team is ready to assist you with your divorce or family law situation.
The world knows Tupelo as the birthplace of Elvis Presley and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, but you travel Gloster and Main everyday because it is home.