A Profile of Mississippi Divorce Attorneys: Part I

You are likely confronted with advertisements for divorce attorneys every day.  Law firms and private practitioners frequently utilize print ads in magazines and newspapers, internet media, radio commercials, and television spots to market their practice.  You could probably name a few of the divorce attorneys in your area and you may even have experience using such an attorney.  Despite the popularity of lawyers and their active presence in the community, many people know very little about divorce attorneys.  The following is a profile of Mississippi divorce attorneys, intended to provide you with a glimpse into the lives of the lawyers who dedicate themselves to helping individuals obtain a divorce:

What is a divorce attorney?

A divorce attorney is a lawyer who specializes in issues pertaining to divorce, which generally includes annulment, dissolution, and, of course, divorce.  Many divorce attorneys are family law practitioners, who will represent clients concerning a plethora of issues relating to the family, such as adoption, termination of parental rights, or wills and estates.  Divorce attorneys are well versed in the areas of alimony, child support, child custody, division of property, and the like.

When did divorce law develop?

Couples have sought and been granted divorces since ancient times.  The Athenians were liberally allowed to divorce but had to submit a request to a magistrate, who then determined whether the reasons provided were sufficient.  As the Roman Empire developed, Roman civil law moved towards a liberal divorce policy wherein the husband or wife could renounce the marriage at will.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, divorce became prohibited, though the Church still recognized annulment and separation of husband and wife.  Civil courts had no authority over marriage or divorce, with the Church and ecclesiastical courts being the sole authority on these matters.

After the Reformation, marriage came to be considered a civil contract, and civil authorities could thereby decree the contract broken, or in other words grant a divorce.  The institution evolved from there, with divorce law slowly developing apart from the dictates of the Church.

In the United States, the first divorces were recorded by the colonists.  The institution continued to evolve, with divorce growing more and more common, and laws increasingly liberal.  The twentieth century marked a stunning increase in the rate of divorce here in the U.S. and in many industrialized nations.  The rising divorce rate has been attributed to changes to social attitudes towards family and sex.

How does one become a divorce attorney?

Becoming a divorce attorney in Mississippi requires several years of school and numerous rigorous tests.  All individuals wishing to practice law in the state of Mississippi must be admitted to the Mississippi Bar.  In order to be admitted to the Bar, you must pass the Bar Examination. To sit for the bar examination, individuals must: 1) be over the age of 21; 2) have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or have completed three years of credits from a college offering an integrated six-year prelaw course; 3) have completed law school at a school approved by the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the American Bar Association. In addition, a thorough character and fitness assessment is also required. Certain criminal convictions as well as traffic tickets or significant debts can be grounds for rejecting an applicant.

Upon meeting these stringent requirements, an individual will be permitted to register and sit for the Mississippi Bar examination.  The bar exam consists of extensive testing spread out over two days, where the applicant is required to show his or her proficiency in a broad range of legal topics, including constitutional law, real property, administrative law, bankruptcy, and criminal law.  Those who pass this rigorous exam will be granted admission to the Mississippi Bar, and will then be allowed to practice law in the state.

The Law Office of Matthew S. Poole: A Mississippi Divorce Firm of Distinction

The Law Office of Matthew S. Poole is a boutique Jackson area law firm that will meet all of your divorce, family law, and real estate needs.  Matthew S. Poole spent years pursuing his legal education and hopes now that his expertise can be used to benefit you.  Call Matthew today at (601) 573-7429 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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