Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mississippi still won't make domestic abuse grounds for divorce

From The Huffington Post:

A bill that would have added domestic violence to the list of legal reasons a person can get a divorce in Mississippi died in a House committee on Tuesday after its chairman, state Rep. Andy Gipson (R), said it could open “the floodgates” to more divorces.

"If there’s a case of abuse, that person needs to have change of behavior and a serious change of heart,” he was quoted as saying. “Hopefully even in those cases restoration can happen.”

In a subsequent email to The Huffington Post, Gipson said his remarks were taken out of context, and that domestic violence victims who need a divorce are already covered under the existing grounds.

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