Tennessee Divorce Laws

Tennessee Divorce LawsTennessee Divorce Laws.  Tennessee divorce laws are comprised of Tennessee state statutes, case law, Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Tennessee Rules of Evidence, Tennessee local court rules and more.

Tennessee Divorce Laws

In Tennessee divorces, following a trial or settlement, a divorce must be ”awarded” or “granted” by a court.  If a settlement, before granting the divorce, the Tennessee court will first determine if all of the legal requirements are met.  Obtaining a Tennessee divorce means that many different legal rights and obligations are severed as between the parties including inheritance, duty to support the other, property rights including real estate, health insurance, and many more.  In Tennessee divorce law, many obligations such as joint debts are not severed.  Even though the parties can agree on which spouse will pay a debt, the creditor (person loaning the money) can still sue both parties.  To comply with Tennessee divorce laws, it is important that all rights and obligations between spouses are addressed and handled lawfully, completely, and in a manner least likely to result in additional “post-divorce” legal action.

At their most basic, Tennessee divorce laws address: jurisdiction for Tennessee courts to grant a divorce, grounds for divorce, property and debt division (bank accounts, credit cards, cars, real estate, pensions, retirement, and investments), child custody (primary residential parent and parenting time recorded in parenting plans), child support (worksheets attached to parenting plans), alimony, insurance, and attorney’s fees.

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