Chattanooga Divorce Attorneys
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When a marriage ends, there are several things you have to consider regarding your future. The Chattanooga divorce lawyers at Conner & Roberts, PLLC are here to work alongside you to support you as you plan the way forward. The right path for you will depend on your personal circumstances and what matters most to you. We invite you to come in for a free consultation so we can discuss your goals and help you understand your rights and options.
Contact our Chattanooga divorce law firm now to learn about how we can help you navigate the divorce process.
How Our Chattanooga Divorce Lawyer Can Help
The divorce process can look quite different from family to family. For instance, a divorce in which the spouses agree on the terms of their agreement is often settled quicker than a divorce in which they disagree. Also, a divorce involving very little property is typically resolved easier than one containing many assets.
Our Chattanooga divorce attorneys offer assistance with a variety of divorce situations, including:
Our Chattanooga divorce law firm can also help with matters related to child custody and modification of child custody and support. Regardless of the particular elements involved in your divorce, we are committed to helping you pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family.
What Is the Divorce Process in Tennessee?
Once you and your spouse are ready to file for divorce, you’ll need to decide which type of divorce to file for: an agreed divorce, a no-fault divorce, or a fault divorce.
An agreed divorce is a simplified divorce option for couples that meet the following criteria:
- Either of you have lived in Tennessee for a minimum of six months;
- You have no children together who are under the age of 18, disabled, or still in high school and you are currently not expecting a child;
- Both of you want the marriage to end;
- You don’t own any buildings, land, or a business together;
- You agree on alimony payments and how to divide your property and sign a “Divorce Agreement,” which lays out the terms of the divorce.
If you meet these requirements, you can fill out the appropriate forms online and follow the instructions to get an agreed divorce in Tennessee.
However, if you don’t meet the requirements for an agreed divorce, you can still get a no-fault divorce, which means you simply state that you and your spouse are incompatible.
The third option is a fault divorce, which involves claiming that one spouse’s behavior caused the marriage to end, such as through adultery or abuse. This type of divorce can take longer to finalize, since you will need to prove to the court that this behavior occurred and that it led to the divorce.
The forms you complete will likely differ depending on the type of divorce you’re filing for. Once completed, you will need to make at least two copies of everything and take them to the clerk’s office in the county where you and your spouse live, the county where your spouse lives now, or the county where you lived when you were separated.
You will also need to pay a filing fee, but if you cannot afford it, you may file a Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order.
Once your divorce papers have been filed with the court, you will need to personally serve them to your spouse (but only for no-fault and fault-based divorces), and he or she will need to complete an Acceptance of Service for you to file with the court.
Lastly, you will need to appear in court for your final divorce hearing, during which the judge will need to approve your divorce. It is best if both spouses attend in case there are any errors in the forms, but only the filing spouse is required to appear.
Tennessee Divorce Residency Requirements
Tennessee law requires that you meet a residency requirement before you file for divorce - if you don't meet this requirement, your case may not be accepted or it may be dismissed. According to the law, the filing spouse must be a resident of Tennessee when the grounds for the divorce took place. If the grounds took place outside of Tennessee then one spouse must be a resident for at least six months before filing.
How Long Do You Have To Be Separated Before Divorce in TN?
There is no separation period required to get a divorce in Tennessee, unless you choose the "two years separation with no minor children" option as grounds for your divorce.
How Long Does a Divorce Take in Tennessee?
An uncontested, no-fault divorce generally takes anywhere from two to six months. If you don't have children, there is a 60-day cooling off period after your divorce has been filed. If you do have children, then the cooling off period is 90-days. A contested divorce, on the other hand, can last years - the average contested divorce typically lasts a year or more.
Contact a Chattanooga Divorce Attorney From Conner & Roberts, PLLC Today
Our clients’ interests are always at the heart of what we do. Whether it is protecting your assets, obtaining a fair property division settlement, or making sure your children are taken care of, we work hard to achieve your goals. When you turn to our Chattanooga divorce attorneys, we can make sure your case is handled properly from start to finish.
Call (423) 299-4489 today to schedule a free consultation with our compassionate Chattanooga divorce lawyers.
Chattanooga Divorce Lawyers
Chattanooga Divorce Lawyer