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Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee
Each state has unique grounds in which a divorce may be granted by the court. When choosing the grounds for your divorce, you should always remember that you must have sufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a divorce by the grounds you are requesting the divorce to be granted.

Grounds for Filing: The Petition for Divorce must declare the appropriate Tennessee grounds upon which the divorce is being sought. The appropriate lawful ground will be that which the parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to the court. The divorce grounds are as follows:

A divorce will be granted by the Tennessee court upon the following grounds:

No-Fault:
(1) Irreconcilable differences; or (2) living separate and apart without cohabitation for 2 years when there are no minor children.

Fault:
(1) impotence;

(2) adultery;

(3) imprisonment;

(4) alcoholism or drug addiction;

(5) wife is pregnant by another at the time of marriage without husband’s knowledge;

(6) willful desertion for 1 year;

(7) bigamy;

(8) endangering the life of the spouse;

(9) conviction of an infamous crime;

(10) abandonment for 2 years;

(11) cruel and inhuman treatment;

(12) indignities that make the spouse’s life intolerable; and

(Tennessee Code - Volume 6A, Title 36, Sections 36-4-101 and 36-4-103)

Copyright Notice: The above synopsis of Tennessee grounds for divorce is original material which is owned an copyrighted by Divorce Source, Inc. This material has been adapted from applicable state laws and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited. Violation of this notice will result in immediate legal action.

If you do not fall under any of the above mentioned grounds for divorce/dissolution, you most likely should consider trying to save your marriage. Many spouses find that they do not meet the requirements of a waiting period, which can be very frustrating, but it is these waiting periods that are in place in order to help prevent rash decisions to terminate a marriage. You can also learn more about the grounds for divorce in other states.

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