The process of seeking a divorce can be very difficult to understand. Depending on your situation, you may need a lawyer’s help. It is important to note that many court forms available on the Internet or by using mail-order will not work in Tennessee. To be sure you are using approved forms, ask your lawyer or go to the court website and click on forms and publications. These forms may be used if you do not have children. According to DivorceNet, getting a divorce can be complicated if you and your spouse have children under the age of 18 years, real estate, have retirement or 401K plans or own other valuable property. A lawyer can help you with the complex issues each of these situations present.
The reason for getting a divorce is called grounds for divorce. In Tennessee, you must have one of several reasons for a divorce. One is called irreconcilable differences. If you and your spouse cannot get along anymore, but you agree on all issues in your divorce, you can file for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. Another common ground for divorce is called Inappropriate Marital Conduct. This happens if your spouse had an affair, drug abuse by your spouse, physical or mental abuse toward you or abandonment of you.
There are other grounds for divorce in Tennessee that are not as common. You should talk with an attorney about your specific situation. You will need to ask which court hears divorce cases in your county so that you can file your papers in the correct court clerk’s office. If you and your spouse separated in another state, but you have lived in Tennessee for six months, you can file for divorce in the county where you now live.