If you are a resident of Nashville or the Middle Tennessee area and are considering divorce, you are invited to speak with one of our divorce attorneys or experienced legal staff members without delay. We have handled various high-asset divorce cases in the past for clients that have had a lot on the line. It is always best to go to the courts with professional legal representation by your side.
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The Law Office of Martin Sir & Associates is here to help you through all aspects of your divorce. Call (615) 229-7235 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation regarding your divorce case.
The Law Office of Martin Sir & Associates is a trusted name in this region. Firm founder, Attorney Sir has over 40 years of experience as a compassionate lawyer for people going through divorce and other family law issues. He has been selected for listing in “Super Lawyers” and has been awarded a Clients’ Choice award from Avvo. As a team, we deliver tailored legal services in support of our clients’ interests and futures.
Divorce Residence Requirements in Tennessee
To obtain a divorce in Tennessee, you must meet the state residency requirements. You or your spouse or both must have been residents of the state at the time that the grounds for divorce took place. Otherwise, you must wait six months before filing.
In addition, there is a 60-day waiting period (cooling-off period) to obtain a Final Decree of Divorce when there are no children involved and a 90-day waiting period to obtain a Final Decree of Divorce when there are children involved. This applies to both contested and uncontested divorces.
If you are a member of the military, or if your spouse is a member of the military, the terms of the residency requirement may be different. At The Law Office of Martin Sir & Associates, we understand the unique factors of military divorce and are confident in our ability to represent members of the armed forces.
Contested or Uncontested Divorce
Depending on your particular case, we will discuss with you the differences between filing a Complaint for Divorce on the grounds of Irreconcilable Differences (uncontested) or filing a Complaint for Divorce that alleges fault-based grounds for you to be awarded a divorce (contested divorce). Filing a contested divorce does not necessarily mean that your case cannot settle prior to a trial before the Court.
Tennessee Code Annotated §36-1-101 defines grounds for divorce as follows:
- Either party, at the time of the contract, was and still is naturally impotent and incapable of procreation;
- Either party has knowingly entered into a second marriage, in violation of a previous marriage, still subsisting;
- Either party has committed adultery;
- Willful or malicious desertion or absence of either party, without a reasonable cause, for one whole year;
- Being convicted of any crime that, by the laws of the state, renders the party infamous;
- Being convicted of a crime that, by the laws of the state, is declared to be a felony, and sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary;
- Either party has attempted the life of the other, by poison or any other means showing malice;
- Refusal, on the part of a spouse, to remove with that person’s spouse to this state, without a reasonable cause, and being willfully absent from the spouse residing in Tennessee for two years;
- The woman was pregnant at the time of the marriage, by another person, without the knowledge of the husband;
- Habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs of either party, when the spouse has contracted either such habit after marriage;
- The husband or wife is guilty of such cruel and inhuman treatment or conduct towards the spouse as renders cohabitation unsafe and improper, which may also be referred to in pleadings as inappropriate marital conduct;
- The husband or wife has offered such indignities to the spouse’s person as to render the spouse’s position intolerable, and thereby forced the spouse to withdraw;
- The husband or wife has abandoned the spouse or turned the spouse out of doors for no just cause, and has refused or neglected to provide for the spouse while having the ability to so provide;
- Irreconcilable differences between the parties; and
- For a continuous period of two or more years that commenced prior to or after April 18, 1985, both parties have lived in separate residences, have not cohabited as man and wife during such period, and there are no minor children of the parties.
Grandparents’ Rights & Divorce
Our firm has a special interest in grandparents’ rights cases. If you are a grandparent who has lost contact with your grandchildren because of a divorce, you may be able to petition the Court for visitation rights. The particular facts and circumstances of your particular case are critical to whether or not you have standing.
If you are a grandparent that has lost contact with your grandchildren or are fearful that you will lose contact with your grandchildren, we are here to help. Please contact our experienced professionals today for more information regarding grandparents’ rights.
Obtain the Representation You Deserve
Divorce can be a complex, emotional, and long process. Skillful representation requires a comprehensive knowledge of the law and an ability to make rational decisions. Having a competent attorney can work to your advantage and ease your stress throughout the process. Our Nashville divorce attorneys are dedicated to helping you through this life-changing decision.
Call our team at (615) 229-7235 or send a quick email inquiry today for more information about your divorce.