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Most couples enter a marriage thinking the partnership will last forever. Yet nearly half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. Filing for divorce is an emotional, confusing, often painful exercise. Issues of distribution of property and custody of children all factor in to what can be a very difficult process. The experienced Murfreesboro divorce lawyers at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law skillfully handle every detail of the divorce process, providing professional counsel and compassionate guidance while advocating for your best interests.


Divorce in Tennessee

Residency requirements must be met to file for a divorce in Tennessee. Specifically, the spouse filing for the divorce must be a resident of Tennessee at the time the grounds for divorce occurred. If the grounds for divorce took place outside the state, then one of the spouses must be a Tennessee resident for a period of six months prior to filing. Individual states have their own laws regarding the necessary grounds for divorce. The state of Tennessee allows divorce on either “fault” or “no-fault” grounds.


What is a “no fault” divorce?

In filing for a no-fault divorce, the couple must agree that there are “irreconcilable differences” within the marriage. Citing irreconcilable differences may serve as a sole ground for divorce or as an alternate ground for divorce with any other cause for divorce. Filings for no-fault divorces must be uncontested; neither party can disagree about anything with the divorce.


What is a “fault” divorce?

In Tennessee, the grounds for filing a fault divorce include but are not limited to:

  • Adultery committed by either spouse
  • If either spouse has knowingly entered into a second marriage prior to dissolution of the previous marriage
  • If either spouse was and is naturally impotent and incapable of procreation
  • Being convicted of an infamous crime
  • Imprisonment
  • If either spouse exhibits alcoholism or drug addiction
  • If the wife is pregnant by another at the time of marriage without the husband’s knowledge
  • Endangering the life of the spouse
  • Abandonment
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment


Contact our experienced Murfreesboro Tennessee divorce lawyers today

The process of filing for divorce is difficult even in the best of circumstances. It can be confusing, stressful, and emotionally exhausting. If you are petitioning the court for a dissolution of marriage, it is important that you understand the grounds for divorce, the possible outcomes, and have someone by your side to protect your interests through this process. The knowledgeable divorce lawyers at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law have the skill and savvy you need to successfully navigate the divorce process, protecting your rights and advocating on your behalf. Put your trust in our team. Contact our Murfreesboro office today at 615-692-1536 or online to discuss your case or schedule a free consultation.