Getting a Divorce in TN? Learn the Basics!
Our article will show you everything you need to know about the process and how to end it in a friendly manner. You’ll also learn how to get a professional divorce settlement agreement without effort!
The State of Tennessee allows you to get divorced either on fault or no-fault grounds. Check out the table below for details:
|Fault-Based Divorce||No-Fault Divorce|
|A fault-based divorce is expensive and time-consuming. You have to prove that your spouse has committed misconduct that ruined the marriage. The grounds for a fault divorce are:
||No-fault divorces allow couples to get divorced without laying blame on each other. They only need to explain to the court that they want a divorce based on ‘irreconcilable differences.’ This means that they can’t function together anymore, and the marriage is beyond irretrievable. If you’ve been living separately from your spouse for two years, you can apply for a divorce based on separation (this applies to couples without children)|
If you’re filing for a grounds-based or contested divorce, the whole process can take up to a year to complete or more.
To get separated faster, you should opt for an uncontested (friendly) divorce. This type of divorce needs to be on no-fault grounds and can be finalized in as fast as 90 days.
- Have no:
- Children under the age of 18, still in high school, or disabled
- Land, buildings, or businesses with your spouse
- Retirement benefits
- Agree that you’re filing for a no-fault based divorce
- Be a resident of the State for at least six months before filing the divorce papers
- Live in TN for at least one year before taking action in case you or your spouse are in the military
You also can’t file for an agreed divorce if you or your spouse is pregnant. If at least one of these requirements isn’t met, you won’t be able to get an uncontested divorce.
For couples who can’t agree on property division, alimony, or child support, divorce mediation is recommended. The mediator is a professional who can help couples reach a middle ground and resolve their issues.
Once you’ve met all the requirements, you will need to fill out the divorce papers. These forms can be found on the official government website. Make sure you get:
- Request for Divorce
- Both Parties’ Personal Information—To Be Filed Under Seal
- Request To Postpone Filing Fees and Order
- Health Insurance Notice
- Final Decree of Divorce
You will also need to complete a marital settlement agreement. This document outlines the terms on which you and your spouse are getting divorced. To get the divorce agreement, you will need to either:
- Hire a lawyer to draw one up for you—This option is not cost-efficient as lawyers’ fees are sky-high
- Use DoNotPay—With our Divorce Settlement Agreement, you will get a professional document with which you’ll get divorced on fair terms
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- Select the Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Enter the necessary details about your spouse, property, and children (if any)
- Choose to have your agreement notarized online
Upon processing your request, we’ll send you a personalized divorce settlement agreement right away. You can then have it notarized from the comfort of your home if you opt for that option.
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- How much does a divorce cost?
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- How to get an out-of-court divorce settlement
- Do I need a lawyer if we agree with everything?
We can also help you get divorced in the following Tennessee counties:
When you file the papers, you will need to deliver them to your spouse. This process is called serving the defendant. You must hire a process server or a Sheriff’s deputy to deliver the papers in your stead.
Upon serving the papers, you’ll have to ask your county clerk how to get a court date for the final divorce hearing. You’ll need to wait for at least 60 days until the hearing, at which only one party will need to be present.
The divorce process in Tennessee is completed after attending the hearing and getting a signed copy of the Final Divorce Order. Keep in mind that some counties charge a fee for these copies. If your spouse couldn’t attend the hearing, you need to mail them a copy of the document.
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