What is a "no-fault" divorce?

"No-fault" divorce describes any divorce where the spouse asking for a divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong. All states allow no-fault divorces, with different requirements depending on the state.

In Mississippi, to get a no-fault divorce, both spouses must simply declare that the couple cannot get along due to irreconcilable differences.

In some states (not Mississippi), the couple must live apart for a period of months or years before they can obtain a no-fault divorce.

What is a "fault" divorce?

A fault divorce may be granted when the required grounds are present and at least one spouse asks that the divorce be granted on the grounds of fault. 

The traditional fault grounds in Mississippi are:

Why choose a fault divorce? Sometimes the other spouse doesn't want to agree to the divorce, or won't agree on the terms desired for the Property Settlement/Child Custody/Support Agreement.