Is There a Residency Requirement for Divorce in Mississippi?

Like every other state, Mississippi has specific residency requirements for spouses potentially looking to divorce.

Suppose both spouses are actual residents of Mississippi (including being stationed in Mississippi as an armed services member) for six months before the case begins. In that case, that satisfies the residency requirement for a divorce filing. (However, it’s worth noting that two spouses cannot become residents with the sole purpose of getting a divorce.)

Mississippi No-Fault Divorce Laws

Along with the standard divorce reasons, Mississippi also recognizes “no-fault” divorces. As such, either spouse doesn’t have to allege or prove any specific wrongdoing on the part of their partner to get a divorce. The filing spouse only has to demonstrate to the court that there are “irreconcilable differences,” and further attempts to preserve the marriage wouldn’t work.

Some divorce alternatives include annulment and legal separation, and each applies only in specific circumstances. Also, if the spouses share custody of any minor children, Mississippi child custody laws will likely apply to the proceedings, which can quickly complicate negotiations. As a general rule, it’s essential to be familiar with the state’s child support guidelines and enforcement before moving forward with the split.

Contact a Jackson or Brandon Divorce Lawyer Today

All sorts of other issues, including homes, liquid assets, and other material possessions, can serve as obstacles to a quick and amicable divorce. The residency requirement is only the first step in what can be a long and tough process.


If you are considering divorce in Mississippi, it’s essential to seek legal guidance right away. Beyond the residency requirement, other stipulations can quickly complicate a split. It’s crucial to have experienced and aggressive representation on your side. Start with a call to The Law Offices of Rusty Williard today at (601) 824-9797 to learn more.