Is MS a community property state?
Thus, when it comes to property division, Mississippi is not a “community-property” state whereby all of the divorcing spouses’ assets, regardless of whether they were acquired during the marriage or not, are divided equally (50/50) upon divorce. Instead, Mississippi is what is called an “equitable distribution” state.
Does Mississippi recognize common law marriages?
As outlined in one of my earlier posts, Mississippi does not recognize common law marriage and has not recognized it since 1956. See MS § 93-1-15 (2014). So, in the event that cohabitants terminate their relationship, each person is generally entitled to their own property.
How many years does a couple have to be together to be considered married?
Despite much belief to the contrary, the length of time you live together does not by itself determine whether a common law marriage exists. No state law or court decision says seven years or ten years of cohabitation is all that is needed for a common law marriage. It’s only one factor the court may consider.