Does It Take Long for an Uncontested Divorce?
Perhaps you and your spouse cannot agree on anything except agreeing to file for divorce. If the two of you can have a meeting of the minds regarding the terms of your divorce, you may avoid resolving your differences in court. This is called an uncontested divorce and it can save you considerable time and money.
Divorces are as different from one other as the marriages and the spouses themselves. The word “uncontested” may imply that the spouses have no disagreements. That is not the case. In an uncontested divorce, the spouses resolve any disputes on their own – in some cases with the assistance of a mediator or attorney – and agree to the terms of their divorce without going to litigation and trial. Uncontested divorces are less costly, process through the courts more quickly, and allow both spouses to move on with their lives sooner.
Uncontested divorce in Tennessee
In Tennessee, married couples can file for an uncontested divorce only if they do not have children together. The state of Tennessee has additional requirements for those couples seeking an uncontested divorce. Specifically, to qualify for an uncontested divorce in Tennessee, the spouses must meet the following criteria:
- One or both spouses must have lived in Tennessee for the previous six months or longer
- Both spouses want to dissolve the marriage
- The spouses do not have any minor children together
- The spouses do not have any retirement benefits that must be divided
- The spouses do not own property together
- The spouses do not own a business together
- Both spouses agree on all terms of the divorce, including division of personal items and alimony
If the couple cannot agree on any issue concerning the divorce, or if they do not satisfy all of the above criteria, then they are unable to file for an uncontested divorce in Tennessee and must pursue a contested divorce instead.
Length of time for uncontested divorce
In Tennessee, an uncontested, no-fault divorce takes a minimum of 60 days to complete due to a mandatory waiting period after the complaint is filed. If the couple has children, the mandatory waiting period is 90 days. Typically, uncontested divorces take approximately two to six months.
Interested in pursuing an uncontested divorce? We can help.
Divorce is a difficult process. It is both emotionally draining and time consuming. However, if you and your spouse can agree to the terms of your divorce, you may be able to file for an uncontested divorce in the state of Tennessee. The experienced divorce attorneys at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys in Murfreesboro are skilled in all areas of the divorce process, from uncontested divorces to alimony, child custody, and spousal support. Let us help you determine if an uncontested divorce is right for you and your spouse. Schedule a free confidential consultation with a member of team, who will gladly answer your questions. Contact us today at 615-890-1982 or online.