Divorce Law in Nashville, Tennessee
Compassionate Counsel from Martin Sir & Associates
If you are a Nashville or Middle Tennessee resident considering divorce,
you will want to speak with our divorce attorneys immediately. It is always
best to go to the courts with professional legal representation by your side.
With more than 30 years of experience, our team at Martin Sir & Associates is here to help.
Divorce Requirements in Tennessee
In order to divorce in Tennessee, individuals must meet the state residency
requirements. The spouse filing for the divorce must be a resident of
the state at the time that the grounds for divorce took place. If he or
she was not a resident at that time, the spouse must wait 6 months before filing.
Tennessee recognizes two separate types of divorces: no-fault and/or irreconcilable
differences divorces and at-fault divorces. In a no-fault divorce, the
spouse can file for a dissolution of marriage based on irreconcilable
differences. This second reason is only valid if the couple has no minor children.
The fault-based grounds for divorce in Tennessee are as follows:
- Inappropriate marital conduct or cruel and inhuman treatment
- Incarceration or felony conviction
- Alcohol and / or drug addiction
- Adultery or bigamy
- Wife was pregnant at the time of marriage without the husband's knowledge
- Willful desertion for one year
- Endangering the life of a spouse
- Refusing to move to Tennessee with a spouse and absenting oneself from
the new residence for two years
- Living separate without cohabitation for two years with no minor children.
- Indignities that make the spouse's life intolerable
- Banning the spouse from the home
- Abandonment or neglect
(These grounds for divorce are all taken from the Tennessee Code - Volume
6A, Title 36-4 101 and 36-4 103.)
The Many Aspects of the Divorce Process
Once you have hired our Nashville divorce lawyers to help you through your
divorce, the next step will be to decide what type of divorce is right
for you. There are two different options available to you and your spouse:
contested and uncontested divorce.
If you and your spouse are still in an amicable relationship and believe
you can work together to arrive at satisfactory conclusions regarding
the terms of the divorce, use the uncontested approach. For couples that
cannot agree, the best option is to pursue their divorce in court the
contested way. Both types of
divorce require a series of important decisions which will be written into the
decree and enforced upon the dissolution of marriage.
As a divorcee, you will need to decide the issues concerning:
Helping Clients with Military Divorces
If you are a member of the military, or if your spouse is a member of the
military, the terms of the divorce may be different. At Martin Sir &
Associates, we understand
military divorce and are confident in our ability to represent members of the armed forces.
Grandparents' Rights Cases
Our firm also has a special interest in
grandparents' rights cases. If you are a grandparent who has lost a relationship with your
grandkids because of a divorce, we will work with you to enforce visitation.
If you can prove that your relationship with the children is in their
best interests, the courts may mandate that you spend time with them on
a regular basis.
Retain the Representation You Deserve
Divorce is a complex, emotional, and long process that requires a comprehensive
knowledge of the law and an ability to make rational decisions. This is
where having a competent attorney can work to your advantage and ease
your stress throughout the process. Call our Nashville divorce lawyers
today if you want more information about divorce law. Our team is dedicated
to helping you through this life-changing decision.