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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Suzanne Baker-Steele, Attorney At Law, P.L.L.C., has been helping clients resolve their divorce challenges for more than three decades. Through it all, our focus remains building relationships even amid a divorcing couple’s frustration. Here are brief answers to questions we are often asked for your information. For legal advice, you may schedule an appointment to speak with our divorce attorney.

What Is A Dissolution Of Marriage?

A “dissolution of marriage” is the legal term for a divorce in Mississippi. When a couple determines that they want to end their marriage, they may terminate their marriage in a process of dissolution of marriage or divorce. This process includes distributing their personal property and assets, real estate and pets as well as their debts. Spousal support may also be addressed in the process. If the couple has minor children, support and custody of the children will be established.

What Is Equitable Division?

In Mississippi, marital assets are divided equitably upon divorce. If a couple can agree to the terms of their property division, the court will incorporate their settlement into their divorce decree. If they are unable to agree, the court will review several factors to develop a fair and equitable distribution of marital property to each spouse.

My Spouse Is Getting Extremely Angry Over Our Divorce. Can You Help?

It is common for victims of domestic violence to need extra care between initial separation and divorce. It is sometimes the most dangerous time for victims and their children. With more than 30 years of experience helping clients through divorce, we have effective tools and resources to help you manage through your divorce.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence comes in many forms, not just physical violence such as punching, slapping, hitting, pushing or threatening physical violence. Domestic violence is intimate partner control – not just between married couples – using physical or other means, including control through verbal, emotional, financial, spiritual and psychological violence. More than merely yelling insults, it can include withholding money, forcing you to practice an oppressive religion or silencing you. Get the help you need. Email us or call 228-206-2055.

My Prenuptial Agreement Seems Unfair. Will It Matter In My Divorce?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract parties enter prior to marriage. The contract generally spells out how the spouses’ property will be divided should they separate. Some prenups have unfair terms where one of the parties did not fully disclose assets or one was forced to sign the agreement. If this is the case, the court will evaluate the prenup before incorporating it into the property division settlement of the divorce.

What Is Collaborative Law?

Divorcing couples can settle their differences outside the courtroom using the benefits of alternative dispute resolution methods. Collaborative law is one such process. In this method, divorcing couples and their lawyers commit to resolving their disputes out of court. However, if either party later decides they want to resolve their disputes in family court, the lawyers must withdraw, and the parties must find new attorneys.

Where Can I Get Legal Advice?

Legal advice comes from an attorney. Contact Suzanne Baker-Steele to speak with an experienced divorce attorney. Email us or call 228-206-2055 to schedule an appointment.