Separate Maintenance


Mississippi does not recognize legal separation, but a spouse may apply for a separate maintenance order if his or her spouse has left the marital home without good cause. A separate maintenance action is an alternative to divorce. In order for the court to grant an award of separate maintenance, the asking spouse must show a financial need for support. The court will look at both spouse’s financial positions in making its decision. If the absent spouse returns at any time to live with the remaining spouse in the marital home, the separate maintenance order is automatically dissolved. 

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