A divorce filing in Mississippi must include a reason. The spouse filing for the action must provide grounds on why the court should grant the request.

Going through the process of preparing for divorce takes great thought. The process may take a toll well before you get the court involved. The Mississippi Bar Association provides a summary of the 12 grounds accepted for the divorce may help you decide how to proceed. The following are some of the most common.

One spouse left

If one spouse left without warning, the remaining one may assert desertion as a ground for divorce. The filing spouse must prove that he or she did not know why the other left and that contact is non-existent. On the chance the absent spouse agreed to return to the marriage at any time during that year, this claim will not hold up.

One spouse cheated

Adultery remains a common reason couples decide to part ways. Cheating on a spouse breaks the bonds of trust and marital laws. The innocent spouse must prepare to offer proof of the other’s philandering ways, or the divorce cannot go forward under this reason.

One spouse is abusive

In the state, cruelty is the most common reason given by the filing spouse. Abuse encompasses physical, mental and emotional abuse. A record of the pattern of this abuse helps get the divorce request granted.

With so many reasons why a couple may decide to separate, choosing what the court may accept comes down to proof. If you choose a ground you can prove, filing is the first step to get your marriage legally terminated. The information in this article is for informational purposes and not intended to replace professional legal advice.