MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2001 Regular Session

To: Judiciary A

By: Representative Eads

House Bill 624

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 93-5-33, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT OF IDENTIFYING THE RACE OF PARTIES TO A DIVORCE IN THE COMPLAINT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. Section 93-5-33, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

93-5-33. All complaints for divorce shall name the parties to the suit, when married, and the number and names of the living minor children born of the marriage. It shall be the duty of each chancery clerk in the state to make a report of each divorce granted in his county; and on forms furnished by the State Board of Health, to show the following information, as correctly as he is able to make such report: Names of parties; * * * when married; state of residence; children under eighteen (18) in this family as of date couple last resided in same household; custody of children; and the page and book in which judgment is recorded. He shall certify to the said report and affix thereunto his seal, and he shall forward it to the State Board of Health within ten (10) days after adjournment of each term of court in his county. For his services in preparing and forwarding said records to the State Board of Health he shall receive the sum of Thirty-five Cents (35) for each completed record, to be taxed to costs in each divorce case as other fees are taxed.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2001.