Mississippi passes domestic abuse divorce reform

The Legislature on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would allow abused spouses to more easily get a divorce, the first major change to the state’s antiquated divorce laws in more than 40 years.

“Many victims of domestic violence are too embarrassed, ashamed or afraid to pursue divorce,” said Sen. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, who has championed divorce reform for two years, working with anti-domestic abuse advocates. “Specifically including domestic violence as grounds for divorce makes clear that domestic abuse is unacceptable and there is a way out of a toxic relationship.”

Clay Chandler, spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, said: “Gov. Bryant has supported victims of domestic violence his entire career. He appreciates the Legislature’s work on the bill and will sign it.”

Clarion Ledger