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Helping You Understand Tennessee Divorce Laws

If you’re seeking a divorce in Tennessee, William H. Stover is a Nashville divorce attorney who can help and support you throughout the process. Of course, divorces are difficult for everyone involved — spouses, children, extended family and even friends — but the best way to approach your divorce is with a supportive representative from the Stover Law Group who is looking out for your best interests and making sure you understand your options at every phase.

Divorce Laws In Tennessee

Residency requirements:

To file for divorce in Tennessee, you must be a current resident of the state or, if the grounds for divorce occurred in another state, you must be a resident of Tennessee for at least the last six months. Additionally, you must file your petition for divorce in the chancery or circuit court of the county in which you reside or where your spouse resides.

Grounds for divorce:

Legal reasons for divorcing are also known as grounds for divorce. The state of Tennessee grants divorces on a number of legal grounds, including the following:

  • No-fault divorces
    • Irreconcilable differences
    • Divorce following two years of legal separation
  • Fault-based divorces
    • Adultery
    • Bigamy
    • Impotence
    • Desertion
    • Criminal conviction, for which prison time is sentenced
    • Cruel or inhuman treatment
    • Attempted violence or murder
    • Abuse of drugs, alcohol or other substances
    • Physical or emotional abandonment

Contested versus uncontested:

Contested divorces occur when the decision to divorce or the reason for divorcing is disputed between the spouses. Uncontested divorces can be no-fault or fault-based, as long as both spouses agree to the divorce action and the grounds for divorce.

Issues That Accompany Divorce

In our years of practice, we’ve seen firsthand the family law issues that arise in a divorce. These include the following:

  • Child custody/visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Equitable distribution of property

Legal Separation

An alternative to divorce in Tennessee is legal separation. Separations are similar to divorces in that you are physically separating from and no longer cohabitating with your spouse. But legal separation is not an official dissolution of marriage and does not have the same financial implications of a divorce. Once legally separated for two years, however, couples can obtain a no-fault divorce easily by petition.


William H. Stover is passionate about helping ease difficult times in his clients’ lives. When you’re going through divorce, he can be your fiercest advocate and your most trusted confidant. He’ll never stop fighting for you and your children’s well-being.

For more information on divorce, call the Stover Law Group at 615-613-0541 or contact us online to schedule a free initial phone consultation. We represent clients in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Gallatin, Shelbyville and Lebanon.

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