Mississippi Grounds for Divorce

The Bill of Complaint for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Mississippi court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

A divorce will be granted by the court for the following grounds:

No-Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Irreconcilable Differences

Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Impotence (2) Adultery (3) Imprisonment, Felony Conviction (4) Drug or alcohol abuse (5) Insanity for a period of at least 3 years (6) wife being pregnant by another without spouse knowing it (7) Willful desertion for a period of at least 1 year (8) Cruel and inhuman treatment (9) one spouse lacking mental capacity to consent to terminating the marriage (10) incest. (Mississippi Code - Section 93 - Chapters: 5-1, 5-2, 5-7)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Mississippi must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Mississippi grounds, visit the Mississippi state statutes located at: