Domestic Violence Divorce Bill To Governor


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A bill defining domestic violence as grounds for divorce is on its way to the Mississippi governor’s desk. For the first time in state history, it specifically spells out domestic violence in a divorce statute, falling under the grounds of “habitual cruel and inhuman treatment.” Advocates against domestic violence say the bill allows just one witness to establish abuse after just one incident and would make it easier for abused spouses to get a divorce. The measure also allows emotional and financial abuse to count as grounds for divorce. If Governor Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will go into effect July 1st.



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