Domestic Violence Campaigners Fight Mississippi Divorce Law

by admin on October 20, 2017


According to The Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi’s divorce law traps spouses and children in abusive relationships.

The state’s divorce law lacks a true “no-fault” ground for divorce. As a result, the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence has requested that the high court find it unconstitutional. They argue that it causes some divorce cases to go on for several years without being finalized, leaving victims of domestic violence in limbo.

Thailand divorce law allows for ‘no-fault’ divorce as long as it is consensual and goes through an administrative process.

They outlined a case in which a woman’s husband “hit her so hard she could not hear out of one ear for over two weeks”. Both she and her son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, and she was too scared to sue her husband for divorce.

“This honorable court should look at the Mississippi divorce statute through her eyes, the eyes of every domestic violence victim, including the children ” the brief states. “The current Mississippi divorce statute traps domestic violence victims in marriages with their abusers, then mandates the victim to obtain the consent of their abuser.”

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