Monday, June 6, 2016
New Standard on Habitual Cruel and Inhuman Treatment
Last Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court decided Pittman v. Pittman located here. The issue in the case was whether the chancellor erred in failing to grant a divorce to the wife in spite of child abuse by the husband against the parties' minor child. The Mississippi Supreme Court remanded the case finding that the chancellor needed to make some finding on the record regarding this. This case seems to indicate the habitual cruel and inhuman treatment may be found based upon a spouse's conduct to third parties depending on the affect on the other spouse. This appears to slightly expand or perhaps clarify what conduct may be found to be revolting such that a divorce is proper.