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Grounds on which you can seek a contested divorce in Tennessee

| Nov 6, 2021 | Divorce

There are two types of divorces that spouses may have in Tennessee. There’s an uncontested one in which you and your spouse may not have any unresolved issues regarding child support or property division, for example. There’s then a contested one, where you have Tennessee when there’s lingering conflict. 

Spouses must provide the grounds for pursuing an uncontested divorce. There are various grounds that you can choose from. Selecting a certain ground for your divorce won’t necessarily make it easier to get custody or assets out of your marriage. Still, it will help clarify your reason for divorcing to the court.

Getting divorced in Tennessee

The various grounds on which you can pursue a divorce in Tennessee are:

  1. Adultery
  2. Impotence
  3. Bigamy
  4. Malicious or willful desertion for at least one year
  5. A conviction for a felony or infamous crime
  6. Refusing to move (to join your spouse) in Tennessee for two or more years
  7. Pregnancy by another man at the time of marriage (unknown to the husband)
  8. Abandonment without support
  9. Cruel treatment
  10. Drug abuse or habitual drunkenness
  11. Attempt on the other spouse’s life
  12. Indignities to the person

You should know that you can also file for a divorce based on irreconcilable differences if you don’t have other grounds for divorce. With that, you will need to separate for at least two years. With these other grounds, you may be able to divorce immediately in some circumstances. 

How long will your divorce take after filing?

The amount of time it takes to finalize your divorce will depend on the grounds you select and if your divorce is contested or uncontested. If you and your spouse can come up with a resolution to all of your divorce concerns, like alimony and property division arrangements, then it will be easier to divorce and likely go more quickly. If you cannot agree or intend to litigate, you should expect the divorce to take longer. 

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