How Collaborative Divorce Works in Mississippi

Many divorces are highly contentious for obvious reasons. However, there are also a number of situations where the two parties are somewhat amicable and can come to the table to sort out many of the issues related to the split. With the latter, it may be in everyone’s best interest to pursue what’s called a “collaborative divorce.”

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

In simple terms, collaborative divorce is a process that focuses on mediation and negotiations to settle a divorce outside of a courtroom rather than in it. In some cases, Mississippi courts will ask to exhaust this process first before any litigation begins. It is often in everyone’s interest to get both spouses to the negotiating table.

What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?

A collaborative divorce can significantly expedite the negotiations and finality of the divorce while potentially keeping costs down for everyone involved. It also allows for a more fruitful exchange of ideas and agreements, which may provide a more livable compromise for both parties.

Collaborative divorces can also include other specialists and experts (like child-related professionals and financial liaisons) in a more informal matter since the process is being kept out of the courts. These experts are typically party-neutral and will work to find an equitable remedy to any outstanding issues.

In most cases, both parties and their attorneys will sign a “no court” agreement, which stipulates that both attorneys will withdraw from the case if the case does head for litigation. This also helps keep the “collaborative” spirit of the process alive.


For Jackson and Brandon couples who can find their way to the negotiating table, a collaborative divorce can greatly expedite proceedings. The team at The Law Offices of Rusty Williard can help lead these negotiations professionally and fruitfully. Call us today at (601) 824-9797 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.