Fox Sports has obtained divorce papers from two of Mississippi’s highest-ranking judges.
The documents shed light on how the state’s highest court was able to force a divorce after a judge said that she would not have jurisdiction over an appeal of a judge’s divorce decision.
The divorce papers also reveal how the divorce was ultimately decided after an emergency appeal by the couple’s two children.
The papers obtained by Fox Sports show that the divorce case in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals was initially decided by a judge in December 2013, when the judge was out of town and not available to hear the case.
Judge Kathleen E. Davis, who is the highest-ranked woman in the state court system, filed for divorce from her husband, former Chief Justice John P. Adams, in December 2011.
The couple had two children together, but Davis divorced Adams in January 2016 after a lengthy court battle.
A motion to dissolve the marriage was granted by the judge in March, but the marriage remained on the books.
A judge then granted a temporary stay on the divorce from March to June of this year, according to court records obtained by FOX Sports.
Davis filed for a temporary restraining order against her husband on Aug. 25, 2017, according the court records.
The order would prevent him from making any communication about the divorce until after a hearing on the motion.
The court denied the stay and issued a stay on its ruling on the stay until Jan. 6, 2018.
The stay was lifted the next day.
Davis also filed for an emergency divorce in the 10th Judicial District Court of Appeal, which includes the northern Mississippi city of Jackson.
She filed for the divorce on Jan. 9, 2018, according records.
That order was granted the next morning, according court records, and the divorce remained on hold until a hearing in January of this years.
The judge granted the divorce to the couple on June 16, 2018 and the stay was revoked the next week.
Davis did not respond to requests for comment.
Fox Sports has previously reported that several high-profile Mississippi judges were divorced, including one who served in the House of Representatives.
In October of 2016, former Judge John J. Caulkins, who had been in the Mississippi Supreme Court for a decade, filed a divorce for his ex-wife, Kathleen Caulkin, who was the state Supreme Court justice.
In November of 2016 and December of 2017, the state Legislature repealed a provision in the Uniform Statutes of the State that had prohibited a divorce from going forward until the judge’s death.
A total of 16 divorces had been overturned on the issue by the state legislature.
The divorce papers obtained through FOX Sports show how the marriage changed in the months after the divorce.
In February of 2017 and March of 2017 the judge divorced her former husband, the judge told the court.
On April 14, 2017 and May 5, 2017 the court filed separate divorce papers.
Davis told the judge that she did not want to divorce Adams because she feared for her children and the future of the marriage, according a copy of the divorce papers that was obtained by the station.
The two parties did not speak about the case, according with the divorce documents.
At the time, Davis was in the middle of a divorce battle with Adams, who she had accused of cheating on her.
Adams responded that she had been “failing in every way possible” in the divorce and would never have had a divorce if she had not gotten involved with the affair.
Adams later apologized for his actions, but did not apologize to Davis.