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Mississippi Family Law

The Backlash

I used to fish some. In college, my friend Jerry Dupuy and I would ask folks around Starkville if we could fish in their ponds and many would let us. While I am reasonably coordinated, anyone who has done much fishing has had a backlash on an open-faced fishing reel. I admit that I may have had more than others.

A frequently asked question in my office is “How long does it take to get a divorce?"

I usually answer the question with a few questions. “How long have you been married?”

“How long did you date before you were married?”

 “Based on your answer to these questions, what do you think a reasonable amount of time should be?”

It takes a minimum of sixty days to get a divorce in Mississippi. In reality, however, a divorce can rarely be accomplished in such a short time. Getting a divorce is like untangling a backlash in your fishing reel. It takes some time and effort to get back to fishing. Sure, you can take a knife and cut out all the string and start over again, but when you do that, you will be starting COMPLETELY over.

According to , this is what you need to do to remove a backlash:

The long and short of it is, the best way to get back to casting is to just sit down, take a deep breath and start picking away at your reel. Take the line and back it up to where it cinches down and work that loop out and keep working your way deeper into the spool, one pinch point at a time.

You can deal with a divorce the same way that you deal with a backlash. Take a deep breath and take it one step at a time. Have patience. If you take your time and work on an efficient resolution to the problem, you will have much more success. If you get excited and start reacting, you are going to have to cut the line.


Craig Robertson is a divorce attorney practicing throughout Mississippi.  



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