Lawmakers again consider adding domestic violence as grounds for divorce

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) – State lawmakers are again expected to consider adding domestic violence as a reason Mississippians can file for divorce.

In 2016, Sen. Sally Doty (R-Brookhaven) filed Senate Bill 2418, which would have made domestic abuse the thirteenth ground for divorce in Mississippi, but the bill died at the end of session.

“There was quite a bit of debate last session about that particular issue,” said Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall. “I think the reason, personally, that it didn’t go any farther than it did was because it was sort of thrown at us at the very last minute. Especially the non-attorneys, which is the vast majority of the legislature, had to get up to speed and educated on the issue and when it was tossed out in the last couple of hours of the legislative session without any sort of preview or any time for them to review what the issue really is and why do we need this, it just caught a lot of people off guard, and people hesitant to pass major policy changes to the law without doing their due diligence.”