What are a wife’s rights in a divorce?

UPDATED: Aug 12, 2012

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What are a wife’s rights in a divorce?

I have a friend who is going through some trouble at home. Her husband of 11 years now wants a divorce. They have 1 child. She has never had to work through out the marriage and is terrified of what might happen. He says that when she leaves she can’t take her car or anything in the house because she didn’t pay for it. What are her rights? Also, she has video proof of adultery on his part. After seeing the proof she decided to work on the marriage. That was 3 months ago and now he wants a divorce.

Asked on August 12, 2012 under Family Law, Mississippi


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for her.  She has many rights regardless of what he says.  Money earned or assets bought during a marriage are marital property so the things are just as much hers as his.  She should sepak with a lawyer about getting exclusive use and occupancy of the home, spousal support and child support.  Good luck.

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