Thursday, February 5, 2015
Divorce Ground Legislation
House Bill 185 seeks to amend Mississippi’s divorce statute to add language that says that a divorce on habitual cruel and inhuman treatment may be granted where there is “excessive verbal, mental, psychological or emotional abuse.” This would clarify a few things. However, from a practical standpoint under the caselaw, one can already get a divorce under this ground by proving those things. To me the interesting issue would be how to interpret the word excessive. Can one be a little abusive, just not excessive? What is excessive? I have my doubts the bill passes because any attempts to amend the divorce statute have been unsuccessful in prior years.