The Divorce Bill Goes into Law!

DV Advocates from around the state join Governor Phil Bryant as he signs SB2680 into law, strengthening domestic abuse provisions for divorce.

On May 9, 2017, Governor Phil Bryant signed SB2680 into law, strengthening domestic abuse provisions for divorce. Previously, a victim of domestic violence had to prove repeated physical abuse at the hands of his/her spouse to qualify for the “habitual cruel and inhuman treatment” grounds for divorce. Now the law is amended to define spousal abuse to include one incidence of physical, emotional, verbal, sexual abuse, or stalking.

Also compared to the previous version of the law, a victim no longer needs to have a witness to testify of the abuse in court. Often, the only witness to abuse is the victim or the victim’s child. The victim may act as his/her own witness now, saving children from being re-victimized by having to relive traumatic moments in front of a court and testifying against someone that they may love.

Click here to learn about how MS domestic violence reform law has evolved over the years.

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This website is intended to provide general information only and is not to be considered legal advice in any manner. If you, a friend, or a family member are experiencing a crime of domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact the authorities and also seek legal advice through an attorney who will be able to represent your interests regarding the legal issues contained herein.

Domestic violence is a crime that not only impacts women. Men can be victims of violence at the hands of women. Violence also occurs between individuals of the same gender. However, for ease of written conversation on this website, the batterer will be referred to as “he” and the victim as “she.”
This publication is funded in whole or part through support from the Award #VAWA 2019-DW-AX-0013, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U. S. Department of Justice from the Violence Against Women Act grant.

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