Title 36 of the Tennessee Code is dedicated to domestic relations, and Chapter 4 of this title applies to divorce and annulment. In the state, a divorce may be contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce involves both spouses agreeing to the divorce, but a contested divorce occurs when one spouse seeks a divorce against the desires of the other spouse.
If you are considering filing for divorce in Memphis, it is important to know the recognized grounds in the state, and be familiar with the process. It is also a good idea to consult with an experienced divorce attorney who can counsel you further on how divorce proceedings go and will help you retain what is most important to you and your life moving forward.
Shannon A. Jones, Attorney at Law, has been helping families in Tennessee since 1997, and our firm places a particular emphasis on protecting the rights of children. You can have our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (901) 562-3605 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
Tennessee Code § 36-4-101(a) establishes the following 15 causes of divorce from the bonds of matrimony:
Of these listed grounds, irreconcilable differences and the two parties living in separate residences for two years are the only no-fault grounds for divorce in the state. All no-fault or uncontested divorces are based on irreconcilable differences. All other causes are grounds for contested divorces.
Shannon A. Jones, Attorney at Law, handles many different kinds of divorce cases. Every case is different and involves unique circumstances.
Some of the most common issues we handle in divorce include but are not limited to:
Divorce will end with either a trial or a settlement. The trial is undoubtedly the costlier outcome, but a settlement can usually be negotiated when both spouses are committed to achieving a workable solution.
To file for divorce in Tennessee, one spouse must have resided in the state for at least six months. The divorce process customarily begins with the filing of a petition or complaint and the spouse then must be served the divorce papers, which is often handled by the sheriff’s office but can be mailed with a signed and filed Waiver of Service Process.
The forms you will need to complete include:
An attorney can help you fill out and properly file all of these forms.
Annulment is frequently asked about, but rarely applicable. A person could annul a marriage only if their marriage was invalid from its very beginning.
Some of the grounds for annulment include a spouse not being of legal age, incest (spouses being related), bigamy, insanity, duress, impotence, fraud, or denial of the spouse’s marital rights. An annulment will need to be filed in court with much of the same alimony, child custody, child support, and property division elements required in divorce paperwork.
You do not need an attorney for an uncontested divorce, but it is still a very good idea to have one. Many people who may be in a rush to complete an amicable divorce overlook some essential considerations that prove to have enormous consequences later on.
Modifying your divorce decree can be very costly and time-consuming. With a lawyer, you can be sure that everything is being handled the right way. You will likely want an attorney if you are not completely satisfied with proposed child custody, alimony, property division, or child support plans.
Tennessee Code § 36-4-101(b) establishes that a complaint or petition for divorce on any ground must be on file for 60 days before being heard when the parties have no unmarried child under 18 years of age and at least 90 days when the parties have an unmarried child under 18 years of age.
This is often known as a “cooling off” period. In general, an uncontested divorce is much more likely to be resolved sooner than a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce can be finalized in a matter of months while a contested divorce could stretch out over several years.
If you are considering or planning on filing for divorce in the greater Memphis area, know that you are not alone, and that compassionate, knowledgeable legal counsel is available to you. Shannon A. Jones, Attorney at Law, has extensive experience helping people like you through the challenging process of divorce and on to the next, brighter chapter of your life.
This isn’t the end, it is the beginning of something new. We’re here to help you get there. Call (901) 562-3605 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team today.