Personal Relationships & the Law

It’s Not Working: Tennessee Divorces 101

  • A married person in Tennessee can file for a “fault” or “no-fault” divorce.
    • No-fault means it wasn’t either person’s fault the marriage didn’t work, but there were things like irreconcilable differences, or you’ve lived separately for at least two years – if there are no kids.
    • Fault means it was one partner’s fault the marriage fell apart, and there were things like bigamy, adultery, willful desertion of at least one year, a felony conviction, cruelty, or abandonment.
  • A married person must live in Tennessee for at least six months before they can file for divorce in Tennessee.
  • There is a waiting period of 60 days after filing for divorce for married people without children, and 90 days for married people with children.
  • That means the divorce can’t be final before the waiting period has passed.


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