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Isn’t Marriage Grand? Of course it is – Until it’s not.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

And when it takes that turn towards divorce, no one feels secure.  The same way you plan for a marriage (booking the venue, the caterer, finding the perfect photographer, and let’s not forget the dress), you should also plan for a divorce – only, it’s not as much fun as wedding planning.  Divorce can feel like the death of a family member in a lot of ways.  You will likely grieve over the loved one you used to know.  It may feel as if the home you once lived in together as a loving family now feels like a cold, empty place where the love died.  You need legal help.  You want to know what your rights are as a spouse.  You want to know that by moving out, you’re not doing anything “wrong,” per se.  Not just these few items, but there are millions of other questions floating around in your mind.  One of the biggest questions is: How much is all of this going to cost me?  Let’s dive into that.

Poking around the internet you will find quite a few ads stating something similar to this: file your divorce papers in as little as 30 minutes with “100% Court Approval Guarantee” for just $139.  There are a number of websites dedicated to getting you the documents you need to file for divorce yourself.  However, there’s a problem in doing this – there is no legal advice to protect you and your particular rights to property and rights to your own children.  It’s very important to note that in doing this on your own would require that both parties agree to every aspect of the divorce, from who gets the house, couches, and antiques to child custody and visitation as well as child support.  You also have bigger issues such as real property possession.

It is important to note that companies that provide instant or quick divorces for a low cost make the assumption that they have particular compliance with every state’s regulations pertaining to divorce.  Also, all issues would have to be agreed to by both parties in order to obtain a divorce by filing it yourself.  Although, it is possible to obtain a divorce by doing so yourself; however, in counties in the state of Mississippi that require electronic filing it will be necessary that you apply for privileges to the online filing system in the respected county of your residence.  Also, many of the online divorce companies that provide paperwork are a source of revenue for attorneys and so far that we must correct any deficiencies to state particular requirements that the company has not addressed in the forms that are provided to the consumer.  It is important to know that an uncontested divorce could potentially be had by purchasing paper work will require that you and your spouse have total agreement on every single issue involved in your divorce.  These issues are as obvious as child custody and support but can also entail issues regarding visitation, structuring of the visitation, structuring of where the child/ren will stay on holidays, whether or not specific provisions are needed to provide for specific relief such as prohibiting a parent from a certain behavior that is not in the best interest of the child/ren during a visitation or custody period (consumption of alcohol or allowing a significant other to spend the night being two common examples).

Although, attorneys that handle divorce cases are well-accustomed to asking the right questions that are needed in order to ensure that the court order is in keeping not only the best interest of the child/ren, but in the interest of both parents.  It’s important to also note that online divorce companies are unable to provide specific legal advice to a client in any state unless it’s provided by an attorney with a license to practice in that state.  In other words, you have to trust an unqualified person to protect your fundamental divorce and custody rights when you waive your right to legal representation.  It’s notable that many attorneys that practice domestic law are aware that the vast majority of statute and federal law on point only goes to issues such as original jurisdiction and parental kidnapping or other associated matters that deal with the crossing of state lines.  Therefore, there is a plethora of information regarding specific state child custody laws contained within the statutes of each individual state.

Where you live will affect the amount you will pay for your divorce.  You hear this about real estate law and the same holds true for divorce: location, location, location.  The national average of a contested divorce is somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 (Seldon, 2013).  Uncontested divorces can range between $500 and $3,000 depending on all the factors of your divorce.

According to Seldon (2013), some of the fees associated with divorce that you should expect are, but are not limited to:

– Attorney’s fees

– Court costs, filing fees, and service charges

– Guardian Ad Litem, if needed for children

– Parent classes, if children are involved

Talking to an experienced attorney will save you a lot of time and frustration (and money) when it comes to your divorce.  Knowing what is expected of you and your spouse in a legal manner will also help with making the transition from being married to divorce much smoother.  It is important to hire an attorney that has the requisite experience in domestic litigation and has knowledge as to the valuation of property, income, potential for alimony or the defense thereof, as well as all of the intricacies that can arise when dissolving a marriage.  Matthew has practiced law in the state of Mississippi since 2004 and has focused his practice exclusively on domestic litigation and litigation concerning real property, division of property title, and matters that pertain to ownership and use of property.  Matthew has practiced law substantially in the domestic arena since 2005.  Matthew maintains membership in the family law and real law section of the Mississippi Bar Association and has done so since 2005.  It’s important to hire an attorney that is knowledgeable not only as to asset evaluation but is knowledgeable as to the subtleties and differences in approach that are functional as to obtaining custody of a minor child/ren.  Whether your case is based in contempt of a prior court order, the request of modification of a prior court order, or any other Chancery Court matter related to child custody, Matthew has the experience and the ability to provide insight that will greatly affect not only your future interests but the best interest of your minor child/ren.

Moral of the story: Divorce can be expensive, but taking the short easy path has long term consequences which are even more costly.  Be careful hiring someone who has not practiced divorce law for at least 10 years.  Also, those that practice in a variety of law areas are not prone to know all of the laws regarding each area.  Ask a lot of questions.  If you don’t feel at peace with the situation, ask more questions.  In our next blog, we will dive into questions that you may not think to ask your attorney.

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Kallen III, C.G., J.D. (2016, Jan, 18). How To Save On the Cost of A Divorce

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Magloff, L. (2016, Feb, 28). The Average Cost of Divorce [Web log post].

Seldon, L (2013, May, 30). How Much Does the Average Divorce Really Cost? [Web log post].

Mississippi Child Custody Dispute Lawyer Talks about the Nationwide Shift towards Shared Parenting

Friday, August 21st, 2015

A hearing that was recently held at the State House in Massachusetts during which fathers shared details of their family lives following their divorces is representative of similar hearings that are taking place in state houses across America. At the hearings, parents, especially fathers, are advocating for legislative changes that will promote and shared parenting. Some states have already enacted legislation that favors shared parenting over other types of custody arrangements, and approximately twenty states are currently considering such legislation.

One of the main reasons why states are feeling the need to reexamine their child custody laws is that parental roles have changed. Some child custody laws have been on the books for a long time, and family life has changed a great deal since the laws were enacted. For example, approximately seventy percent of women work outside of the home, and fathers are more involved in the day to day care of their children than they have ever been, with some dads even choosing the role of stay-at-home dad.

Another reason why a move towards legislation that favors shared parenting makes good sense is that it can shorten the length of custody cases and in doing so reduce legal fees for parents. Perhaps the most compelling reason for states to support courts ordering shared parenting whenever possible is that it works well for children. Research, including a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, shows that children living in shared custody arrangements exhibited fewer psychosomatic issues than those living in a situation where one parent has custody and the other has visitation.

It is important to note that there are concerns over what forms legislation supporting shared custody will take. For example, if legislation is passed which mandates shared custody that could overstep the courts’ authority to make decisions that are in the best interest of the children. Legislation that promotes shared custody must contain some type of acknowledgement that there are situations, such as those where parents simply cannot make it work or where domestic violence is a factor, where shared custody does not serve the best interest of the children.

Some of the ways that proposed legislation in various states would support shared parenting include specifying a minimum percentage of time that a child would spend with a parent, encouraging compliance with court-ordered or court-approved parenting plans, and discouraging noncompliance with court-ordered or court-approved parenting plans or lack of cooperation with the other parent through the use of sanctions.

Shared custody works well for many families, and it might be right for your family, too. A Mississippi Child Custody Dispute Lawyer can help you find all of the information that you need to make important decisions for your family, including information about whether shared custody could benefit you and your family. If you have questions about a child custody matter, Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole may be able to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429.

Mississippi Divorce Attorney Talks about Arrests and Custody Disputes

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

In some child custody disputes, questions regarding custody arise when one parent is arrested and subsequently incarcerated. A couple in Texas is currently navigating this type of situation. The estranged parents of a four year old had been ordered by the court to share custody. Sometimes, parents are able to make shared custody work for them. At other times, parents have issues with communication, scheduling, or other things, and there is a great deal of conflict over sharing custody. This case is a situation in which the custody battle has been both complicated and contentious.

Things just got even more complicated for the family because the child’s father was recently arrested for assaulting his estranged wife, who is the child’s mother. After the arrest, shared custody and an alternating visitation schedule continued. The father is now in jail after surrendering to assault charges, and the mother is seeking custody of the child.

The four year old was in his father’s care when the father was arrested, and the boy’s mother was not told where he was after the arrest. It is likely that he was in the care of his paternal grandmother, but the grandmother would not return the mother’s calls. The boy’s mother has enlisted the aid of the local sheriff’s office, the police department in the town where the child’s grandmother lives, and even child protective services. She is concerned that the grandmother may have taken the child to Mississippi for a vacation, which could complicate matters even more.

In Mississippi child custody cases, modification of a custody order is possible if there is a material change in circumstances, that the change adversely affects the child’s welfare, and that a change in custody would serve the best interest of the child. Cantin v.Cantin, 78 So. 3d 943, 948 Miss. Ct. App. 2012. Since the aforementioned case is taking place in Texas, the criteria for modifying custody may be different than they are in Mississippi, but the case is worth mentioning because it is possible to predict what would likely happen if a similar situation were to take place in Mississippi.

The incarceration of a parent is an event that could, depending upon the circumstances and other factors like the length of time that the parent is expected to remain in jail, be considered a material change in circumstances because it renders that parent unavailable to provide care and supervision for the child. Depending upon the nature of the offense, it is likely arguable in many cases that the parent’s incarceration and the conduct that preceded it have a negative impact on the child’s well-being. The factor which might weigh most heavily on whether a court would modify custody would then become the third requirement for modification, which is whether the proposed change in custody would serve the welfare of the child. If the parent seeking custody is able to provide a stable home environment, they would likely prevail. Likewise, if the parent seeking custody has not been arrested but is unable to show that their home is a stable, safe, and otherwise suitable environment, they would not likely be granted custody.

If you have questions about your Mississippi child custody case, Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole is here to serve you. Please call my office today, at (601) 573-7429 today, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Discusses Parent Representation in Child Custody Cases

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

When parents struggle with drug addiction or other issues, the Mississippi Department of Human Services often intervenes and removes their children from their custody. When this happens, the parents’ struggle with their issues continues, and a new battle ensues regarding child custody. Unfortunately, this dual fight does not often end in reunification of the children with their parents.

A pilot program in Rankin County and in three other Mississippi counties is hoping to change that by providing parents whose children are in the foster care system because of drug addiction or other reasons with legal representation. Parents whose children are in state custody are often unable to afford to hire an attorney. They end up trying to represent themselves in court while trying their best to fulfill the expectations that are set out for them by the Department of Human Services, which, necessarily, involve pursuing and succeeding at recovery from substance abuse or whatever other issues prompted state involvement.

When parents who are battling addiction while attempting to regain custody are given legal support and advice, they have a much better chance of success. This is likely the reason why all of the other states make attorneys available to these parents. Attorneys who represent indigent parents in child custody cases can provide parents with the information that they need to make choices that may help them to regain custody of their children. They can advocate for parents when the Department of Human Services is setting up expectations for the parents, and they can help to ensure that the expectations are reasonable, so that parents are not essentially set up to fail. If family members who can provide a suitable home for the children are available, an attorney can advocate for that placement to be made. They can also help their clients get into facilities where they can get the treatment that they need.

The results of the pilot program in Mississippi look promising, and more counties are slated to become involved. Reunification is happening more often. Children are spending more time being cared for by family members, and less time in the foster care system. The legal advice and information that the parents have been receiving has led to parents thinking about how they can best solve their problems and making more choices that keep them on track to be reunited with their children.

Child custody cases are often difficult and complex matters, in addition to being highly emotional experiences. A Mississippi Family Law Attorney can help you to understand your child custody case and provide you with legal support and the information that you need in order to make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case. Mississippi Family Law Attorney Matthew S. Poole has helped many parents in diverse sets of circumstances to navigate child custody cases, and he may be able to help you, too. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Family Law Attorney Says Single Dads are Not Uncommon

Friday, July 10th, 2015

In Mississippi, there are more children who are being raised in single-parent households than there are being raised by married parents. Approximately two out of every three kids in Mississippi are being raised by single parents. While many single-parent households in Mississippi belong to mothers, there are plenty of single fathers here, too.

Unfortunately, even as the number of single dads continues to rise, society is slow to acknowledge and accept the changing face of the single-parent household. There are nine times as many single dads in America right now as there were in the 1960’s. Part of the reason that people may be slow to catch on to the fact that there are more single dads now then there ever were before is that some people hold onto a traditional view of child-rearing as something that is done mainly by a child’s mother.

This traditional view has proven to be problematic because it has created additional challenges for single fathers, who are already working hard to navigate the ins and outs of their kids on their own. Many single dads report that they notice that other people, including fellow parents, teachers, coaches, and co-workers seem to regard them with a mixture of disbelief and disapproval.

Sometimes, both single fathers and their children feel left out because of the way that other people treat them. Children are not always kind to one another, and children of single fathers are sometimes singled out and picked on because their family situation is different than what many kids are used to. The views of other parents on the subject of single fatherhood can get in the way of single dads and their kids enjoying certain activities together. For example, hosting sleepover parties can prove difficult because parents are often reluctant to let their daughters spend the night at a home where there are no adult females present.

Fortunately, although society as a whole is not as accepting of single fathers as it could be, the legal system in Mississippi recognizes that fathers are just as capable of mothers of raising their children, even on their own. An increasing body of Mississippi case law supports custody decisions that serve the best interest of the child, regardless of whether that means that custody goes to the mother, the father, or it is shared equally between both parents. The criteria by which a court determines the best interest of the child in Mississippi consists of a group of factors called the “Albright Factors”. The application of the Albright Factors in multiple court decisions has shown that they do not favor one gender over another.

If you are a father who is seeking custody of your children, you need a strong advocate who can help you present your very best case to the family court. If you have questions or concerns about a Mississippi child custody case, Mississippi Family Law Attorney Matthew S. Poole may be able to help you. Please call my office today, at (601) 573-7429 today, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Shares the Questions That Can Help Co-Parents Work Together More Effectively

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Divorce is not easy, and divorces involving children are even more difficult. Once the parties’ lives are separated, the matter of parenting always remains in the picture. There are many ways that parents handle parenting after divorce, and co-parenting/shared parenting/joint parenting is increasing in popularity as more and more parents realize the potential benefits of working together as a parenting team after a divorce. These parenting methods do not work well for everyone, but for parents for whom co-parenting works well much of the time, there are a few questions which can help them co-parent even more effectively.

Taking time to reflect on parenting is important for any parent, and it is essential for parents who are co-parenting. If parents do not occasionally take time to think about what they are doing and why, problems can arise. Fortunately, those problems and others can be avoided by taking regular opportunities to openly and honestly reflect on co-parenting, both on your own and with your children’s other parent. If the other parent does not want to engage in this type of reflection that may be indicative of a co-parenting problem in the making, or it may simply indicate that they have a different way of evaluating co-parenting that works well for them.

            When parents are unhappily married, their dissatisfaction can affect their children without anyone even knowing that it is doing so. Once unhappily married parents divorce and go their separate ways, children may feel relief from the tension that had been present in their home previously. This sense of relief can translate into hope that family life will be even better after the divorce than it was before it. With this in mind, parents can think about how they can co-parent in a manner that reinforces positive and hopeful sentiments within their separate homes.

As parents prepare to divorce and to turn one household into two, they can think about how they will preserve their children’s sense of security and stability during the transition. Things like keeping routines and house rules consistent can go a long way towards making a transition that everyone can feel good about. Also, taking the time to really think about what kind of parenting schedule will work best for everyone may seem like a lot of work up front. However, when a parenting schedule is thought through carefully before being implemented by co-parents, it has a greater chance of working well for everyone and requiring little to no adjustment until the needs of the family change.

Co-parenting is not always easy, but parents can make it easier on their children by keeping discussions about problems and difficulties between themselves. When parents can keep conflict out from in front of their kids, everyone wins. Children are less likely to feel confused, scared, and frustrated when they see their divorced parents working together in a calm manner to guide their family through whatever issues they are facing.

If you are involved in a child custody case, you need an advocate who can help you accomplish the best possible outcome in relationship to your unique circumstances. Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole may be able to help you, so please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429 to arrange a free, initial consultation.

 

Mississippi Divorce Attorney Shares Some Interesting Information about Divorce

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

While some sources say that the divorce rate in America is rising, others say that it is falling. The divorce rate has been hovering around fifty percent for years, now, and sometimes it is a little more and sometimes a little less. There is, however, an emerging trend of increasing numbers of divorced men and women remaining divorced and not remarrying. Marriage and divorce statistics are interesting, because they do offer a big-picture view of what is happening in society as a whole. Of course, since divorce is a very personal matter, statistics are just one small part of the larger story of what is going on inside the lives of married couples. The following interesting pieces of information regarding divorce are just that, interesting. Some couples whose marriages, according to statistics, are not built to last stay married for their entire lives, while some others, whose marriages would appear to have a low risk for divorce, end up calling it quits.

The connection between divorce and health has been getting a lot of attention lately, with a link being reported to exist between divorce and an increased risk of heart attack. Interestingly enough, cheating men experience an increased risk of heart attack when extramarital relations take place at a location that is not their home. Divorce has also been shown to affect men’s health more than women’s, and it has been linked to increases in depression, alcohol use, and substance abuse. Younger divorcees tend to experience more health issues than those who divorce when they are older, possibly because older adults have built coping skills over the years that can help them to handle the ups and downs of divorce.

If you enjoy alcohol, you may find it interesting that couples with similar drinking habits tend to remain married, while couples in which one spouse drinks a lot more, or drinks much more frequently than the other are likely to divorce. If you are surprised that alcohol consumption can have an effect on the likelihood of divorce, you may also be surprised to learn that the length of a person’s commute can contribute to divorce risk. People who drive more than forty five minutes each way to work are at a higher risk of divorcing than those with shorter commutes. Not surprisingly, Facebook has earned a place in the category of things that increase a couple’s risk of divorce. If one or both spouses are excessive Facebook users who check their accounts every hour, there is an increased risk of divorce because of fights over Facebook use, jealousy, or infidelity linked to reconnecting with old friends or connecting with new acquaintances.

Divorce is an interesting thing, because although there are trends and statistics, the experience is unique for each couple who decides to end their marriage. If you have decided that it is time for you to get a divorce, Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole can help you. If you have questions about getting divorced in Mississippi, call (601) 573-7429 today, to arrange a free, initial consultation.

 

Mississippi Family Law Attorney Discusses Domestic Violence

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Divorce is not easy for anyone, but it is even more difficult for those who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. Unfortunately, the number of people who are affected by domestic violence continues to increase, which means that there are more divorce cases where domestic violence is a factor. There are also people who would like to get divorced from their abusers, but their abusers effectively prevent them from doing so. Since domestic violence is an issue in many divorce cases, it is an important topic to discuss.

Sometimes, people who are affected by domestic violence do not realize it, or they do not know that what they are experiencing is, in fact, unacceptable treatment which no one deserves to be subjected to. Some situations where there is domestic violence are obvious, marked by incidents of physical abuse. However, there are other ways in which spouses can be abused. When one spouse restricts the other’s access to resources, thereby limiting their options and their freedom, that is a form of abuse. Likewise, a pattern of humiliation, degradation, and belittling that leaves one spouse constantly feeling inferior is indicative of emotional abuse.

If you are in a marriage where you are being abused, you may be afraid to file for divorce. Abusers use scare tactics and threats to deter their spouses from pursuing divorce, but the threat of living with continued abuse that endangers their well-being and the well-being of their children can be enough to cause an abused spouse to commit to ending the marriage, even if it takes a great deal of effort to do so. For example, an abused spouse may have to get themselves and their children out of the home and to a safe living situation before consulting with a family law attorney or filing any paperwork.

It is important that people who have experienced domestic violence do not let it deter them from pursuing a divorce and moving on to the better life that they and their children deserve. Some people who have experienced domestic violence have been made to feel as though they deserved it, they caused it, or that they are somehow to blame. This can make them reluctant to speak to a family law attorney, because they may feel as though the attorney will judge them, or that they will be unable to help them. Family law attorneys are able to help people get divorced, whether they are in abusive relationships or not. Your Mississippi Family Law Attorney is here to help you, and to provide you with guidance that meets your unique needs.

Ending a marriage to an abusive spouse is difficult, but continuing to live with an abusive spouse is even more so. If you have questions about divorce, Mississippi Family Law Attorney Matthew S. Poole can help you understand the divorce process, and work through it every step of the way. Please call us today, at (601) 573-7429 today, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Divorce Attorney Discusses Four Life Events that May Lead to Divorce

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Marriages that end in divorce did not begin that way. Each marriage starts with the best of intentions on the part of both spouses, and then, as time passes, life happens. Circumstances change, people change, and relationships are tested in ways that spouses could not have imagined when they said “I do”. While many couples are able to navigate most of the ups and downs of life, there are some challenges which can push even the strongest of relationships past its breaking point.

For example, health issues can drastically change the course of a marriage. When people get married, they often have goals and dreams for themselves as individuals and as a couple. When a serious or chronic health condition enters the picture, those goals and dreams must be revisited, plans must be reworked, and the focus often shifts from thriving to surviving. Roles which a couple had previously established may have to be reassessed, and the spouse who is not ill may add caregiving duties to their already full plate of responsibilities. It is not surprising that couples in which one spouse has experienced or is experiencing a serious or chronic illness divorce more often than couples who do not face that challenge.

Changes in employment can also lead to divorce. When one spouse, often the husband, becomes unemployed, he is at a greater risk for being left by his wife, and also more likely to decide to end the marriage. When either of both spouses loses their job, their finances and schedules change, and they must adjust their home life accordingly. This is not always easy to do, and all of the stress, shifting around of responsibilities, and general upheaval that goes along with losing a job, looking for a job, and eventually starting a new job can be more than a couple can comfortably handle.

Many couples look forward to starting a family after they get married. Unfortunately, having children can sometimes lead to divorce. In some situations, couples split because they simply cannot agree on whether they want to have children. In other situations, where both parents want to start a family, the arrival of a baby can create stresses and strains on the marriage that far exceed what the couple expected. Taking care of children, especially newborns and young children, is very difficult and demands a lot of time and energy. On top of the financial stress associated with changes in income that are often associated with the arrival of a child and the lack of sleep that accompanies life with a newborn, there are parenting decisions to be made. Couples who have previously agreed on just about everything can find themselves at odds over important choices that they must make regarding how they will choose to raise their kids.

Marriages that start out wonderfully can take a turn for the worse as a couple experiences one or more significant life changes. If your marriage has reached its breaking point, it is important to seek the aid of a skilled Mississippi Divorce Attorney. Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole is here to help you with any questions or concerns that you have about divorce in Mississippi. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Divorce Attorney Shares Four More Life Events That Could End Your Marriage

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Living apart from one another is a challenge that is present in the lives of military couples, as well as for some other couples whose work or family obligations require them to live in different locations for an extended period of time. The risk of divorce for couples where at least one spouse is an enlisted service member is directly connected to the length of time that they have spent apart during deployment. The risk of divorce increases even more for veterans, who may face additional challenges like readjustment and post-traumatic stress disorder, which can place a great deal of stress on them, and consequently on their marriages. For military and non-military couples alike, differences in how comfortable each spouse is with spending time apart from each other can spell trouble for a marriage. For example, if one spouse is afraid that they will be abandoned or that their spouse will be unfaithful, the marriage may fall apart due to a lack of trust.

Traumatic events, such as being the victim of a crime, being in a serious accident, or experiencing the death of a parent, child, or close friend or relative can lead to divorce. Sometimes, the process of healing from trauma can make it painful for two people who experienced a traumatic event together to be together because the memory of that event is so pervasive. In situations like this, spouses may find it necessary to let go of each other so that they can heal themselves fully from the trauma that they experienced.

When children grow up and move away, their parents may find themselves sitting in an empty house together and wondering how they got there and whether there is anything left to their relationship. Divorce among older adults is on the rise, due to connections that fade over time or problems that come to the forefront once the kids are grown.

One more challenge that can lead to divorce is infidelity. Believe it or not, infidelity does not lead to divorce all of the time. In some cases, it serves as a catalyst for a couple to begin working through their problems and coming out stronger as a result. For some couples, though, if both partners are not willing to work on the underlying problems with their relationship, divorce is the next logical step.

Married couples face many challenges which can either bring them closer together or drive them further apart. If you are thinking of divorcing in Mississippi, it is to your advantage to work with a Mississippi Divorce Attorney. Your attorney can help you determine what you want out of your divorce, and they can help you pursue a resolution to your divorce that will work out well for you. To learn more about how an experienced Mississippi Divorce Attorney can help you, please call Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole today, at (601) 573-7429, to schedule a free, initial consultation.