There are essentially two ways one can obtain a divorce in Mississippi—if you have a reason or if you agree. There are numerous “reasons” for a divorce defined by law, and this type of lawsuit is basically like any other. It starts with filing a Complaint and it technically ends in a trial. The problem with the contested route for divorce is often the trial is not the end. Post trial briefs and motions and can be as time consuming as the process which led to the trial in the first place. Moreover, it is possible for the appellate courts to actually overturn a divorce and render people that have not cohabitated in years married again. I repeat—an appellate court can”remarry” you, even if you married someone else (stupidly) in the interim. The good news is that at anytime while traveling on the course of a contested divorce you can jump tracks and conclude your divorce on an agreed basis if that agreement is approved by the judge, which is called the chancellor in Mississippi divorce courts. You can also agree to some things and leave other things for the judge to decide. Conversely, if you are traveling down the path of cooperation or agreement and negotiations break down, you can jump tracks and conclude the divorce on a completely or partly contested basis. You can even go from an uncontested divorce to a contested divorce and back to an uncontested divorce.
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