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Understanding the Divorce Process in Tennessee

What can you expect from the divorce process? What will happen to your property? Will you have to pay alimony? What about your children? Divorce laws vary from state to state and can be complicated. There are also specific requirements that must be met before a divorce can be filed. In Tennessee, you must have lived in the state for at least six months before you can file for divorce. Tennessee also allows no-fault divorces if the couple cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason.

There are important aspects to any divorce. These include:

  • Spousal support: Tennessee is an equitable distribution state, meaning that assets are split fairly but not necessarily evenly. Assets are divided based on the contributions each partner made to the marriage and the amount of the money they can expect to make in the future.
  • Child matters: In terms of children, Tennessee favors children having relationships with both parents and offers minimum visitation rights, even if the other parent has sole custody. The noncustodial parent is obligated with paying child support.

If you are faced with a difficult family law situation such as divorce, you need trusted legal help. At Hibbeler & Associates, our divorce lawyers in Clarksville, TN provide our clients with representation backed by more than 20 years of collective experience. We work with you to obtain an outcome that benefits you and your loved ones. Throughout the case, we work to uphold your rights and make sure that you are well-taken care of.

For help through the complicated and sensitive process, call our Clarksville divorce attorneys at (931) 563-9057.

What is the Different Between At-Fault & No-Fault Divorce?

Tennessee allows for either fault or no-fault divorce. If the grounds for divorce involve fault, it can affect the judge's decisions regarding alimony, spousal support, child custody, and other rulings.

Grounds for no-fault divorce include, but are not limited to:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Living in separate residences for at least 2 years (only if the couple has no children together)

Grounds for fault divorce include, but are not limited to:

  • either spouse has committed adultery
  • one spouse engages in habitual alcohol or drug abuse (beginning after the marriage began)
  • spousal abuse
  • one spouse has abandoned the other
  • either spouse has committed a crime and has either become infamous or is in prison

Tennessee Divorce Laws

  • What are the resident requirements for a divorce in Tennessee? - In order to file for divorce, you must have been a resident of Tennessee for at least six months.
  • How Do I Serve Divorce Papers? - You can serve divorce papers either by sending a copy to where your spouse lives or by having a sheriff or process server do it for you. Serving papers typically costs less than $75. Divorce papers are available online at the Tennessee court website and as hard copies at your local courthouse.
  • How Long Will a Divorce Take? - A no-fault divorce where both parties agree on all terms usually takes 2-6 months to resolve. In a contested divorce where there are disagreements between the parties, a divorce takes an average of 1 year. After you file for divorce, there is a mandatory 60-day wait before proceedings will continue (if you have no children); if you do have children, the wait-period is 90-days.

The divorce process benefits from having a dedicated lawyer on your side to protect your best interests. The Clarksville divorce attorneys at Hibbeler & Associates can help you settle your divorce without having to go to court, saving you time and money, if possible. At Hibbeler & Associates, we will make sure you get your fair share.

Every divorce is different. Let our firm guide you through the process. Contact us for a FREE consultation at (931) 563-9057.

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