Getting a Divorce in Tennessee?

How does Divorce work in Tennessee?

It is important to understand that each divorce is unique. Tennessee recognizes two types of divorce: uncontested and contested. A contested divorce requires proof of grounds for divorce. An uncontested divorce is generally based on irreconcilable differences.

What are Irreconcilable Differences?

An irreconcilable difference requires the parties to wait at least sixty (60) days. These divorces require a written Marital Dissolution Agreement which makes a fair and equitable distribution of your property. In turn, the court must approve the agreement.

When children become involved, the divorce process takes longer and becomes more complicated. A divorce case will take at least ninety (90) days. In addition, you will also need to create a Parenting Plan. The plan should include adequate provision in writing for parenting time and support of your children. “Support” of your children means financial support. Parenting plans include child support orders, which are calculated through a form provided by the state.

Traditional Divorce

A traditional contested divorce requires proof of grounds for a separation.

The grounds for divorce include: 

  • Adultery
  • Habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs since the marriage
  • Living separately and apart for two (2) years with no minor children
  • Inappropriate marital conduct (sometimes referred to as “cruel and inhuman treatment”)
  • Willful or malicious desertion for one (1) full year without a reasonable cause
  • Conviction of a felony and sentencing to the penitentiary
  • Pregnancy of the wife by another before the marriage without the husband’s knowledge
  • Willful refusal to move to Tennessee with your spouse and living apart for two (2) years
  • Malicious attempt upon the life of the other
  • Lack of reconciliation for two (2) years after the entry of a decree of separate maintenance
  • Impotency and sterility
  • Bigamy or Indignities offered by one spouse to the other
  • Abandonment or refusal or neglecting to provide for spouse although able to do so.


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A Divorce Attorney You Can Trust.

You know why you want to separate from your spouse. Gamut Legal serves to take your reason and translate it into one of these grounds. Some clients might look at the list of grounds and think that they have more than one ground for separation. While that may be true, it is imperative to exercise caution about the chosen grounds. Accusing your spouse of a ground you cannot prove may give your spouse grounds for a separation from you.

Deciding to pursue a divorce can leave you feeling vulnerable and uncertain. The divorce process is one which requires reliable legal advice to give answers to the many questions you undoubtedly have. Finding a compassionate Tennessee divorce attorney can be overwhelming. Gamut Legal has the experience and reliability to help you navigate this difficult process.

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