No Right of Missouri Inmates to Divorce

While inmates nationwide have the right to marry under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Turner v. Safley, (1987). Missouri inmates apparently do not have a constitutional right to divorce under a case handed down by the Missouri Supreme Court this week. In McNeal v. McNeal-Sydnor, No. SC94435 (Mo.banc, Sept. 8, 2015), the court upheld a dismissal of an inmate’s petition because he failed to appear in court at a hearing because he was behind bars.

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