Mississippi Divorce Residency Requirements
In order to file your Bill of Complaint in Mississippi, you must make sure the Chancery Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Mississippi residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:
A spouse must be a resident of the state of Mississippi for a least 6 months prior to filing. If a member of the armed forces is stationed in Mississippi, he or she and his or her spouse is considered a resident. The divorce should be filed in the county in which either spouse resides if they are both residents and if the plaintiff is the only resident then in the county in which he or his resides. (Mississippi Code - Section 93 - Chapters: 5-5, 5-11)
Since divorce is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a divorce in the state of Mississippi. It is most common that people file for a divorce in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Mississippi residency requirements in the Mississippi state statutes located at: http://www.legislature.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Mississippi residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.
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