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Online Divorce
in Tennessee

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Do you know the location of your spouse?
Is your spouse in agreement regarding this divorce and willing to sign the divorce papers with you?
Do you and your spouse have any children under the age of 18 from this marriage?
Tennessee Divorce

Why Online Divorce is
a Good Idea

Online divorce is a cheap and hassle-free solution for couples who want to separate amicably and save money on divorce paperwork. In addition, since uncontested divorces don’t always require a lawyer, online services are an excellent alternative to preparing all the legal papers and filing them with the court independently.

How does it work?

The person applying for online services needs to register and answer questions about their marriage and desired divorce terms. After selecting the appropriate state-specific forms, the system will help to fill them out correctly. The papers will be ready to download and file in two business days. The packet of documents also includes the filing guide.

The main reasons why people choose online divorce are:

Divorce Preparation Cost

Contested Divorce

  • Expensive lawyers
  • Disagreements between spouses
  • Lengthy litigation
  • The need to adjust your schedule for court hearings
  • The court makes decisions that do not always satisfy the wishes of the parties

Online Divorce $299

  • Affordable prices
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • No need to hire expensive lawyers
  • Transparent process
  • Download completed forms in just 2 business days
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Convenient and understandable system

DIY Divorce

  • It can be difficult to fill out forms yourself
  • A Court rejects the case if the forms have any mistakes
  • It's not suitable for those who have even small disputes
  • It may lead to unexpected expenses
  • It takes more time
Tennessee Divorce Forms

Tennessee Divorce Forms

These are the court forms the couples need to start their divorce:

  • (Form 1) Request for Divorce (Complaint)
  • (Form 2) Spouses’ Personal Information
  • (Form 3) Request to Postpone Filing Fees
  • (Form 4) Health Insurance Notice
  • (Form 5) Divorce Agreement
  • (Form 6) Final Decree of Divorce
  • (Form 7) Court Order for Divorcing Spouses
  • (Form 8) Notice of Hearing to Approve Irreconcilable Differences Divorce
  • (Form 9) Order of Wage Assignment for Child Support
  • (Form 10) Title IV-D Child Support Information
  • (Form 40) Summons
  • Permanent Parenting Plan Form
  • (Form 240) Motion for Default Judgment
  • (Form 360) Order Granting Default Judgment
  • Child Support Worksheet
  • Divorce Certificate
  • Civil Case Cover Sheet
  • Parenting Class Certificate
  • (Form 225) Motion to Set Case for Hearing
  • (Form 335) Order Setting Case for Hearing

Some of these forms will not be used, depending on the circumstances. And there could be others that will be necessary, for example, subpoenas to call witnesses to the court hearing and motions for temporary relief.

Filling Out Divorce Forms in Tennessee

Filling Out Divorce Forms in Tennessee

Spouses can obtain divorce forms in Tennessee from a county clerk or search the official state resources, such as Tennessee courts’ websites, where they can download blank forms. Another quick and affordable way to get the court papers is to use CompleteCase.com.

Filling out the papers is not always straightforward, especially for people without a legal background. Below are the steps and some advice on how to complete the forms correctly.

  1. Look through the forms and find all unknown terms in the Tennessee Code.
  2. Make a list of what information to provide.
  3. Collect the documents that will help to fill in the missing data.
  4. Discuss any unresolved matters with the spouse before completing all the blank spaces.
  5. Fill out the forms following the technical instructions. For example, they may require to use only black ink.
  6. Check all the answers before notarizing the papers.

If the documents contain mistakes or incorrect information, the court clerk will probably reject them, and the petitioner will have to start all over again.

To ensure the correctness of the data in the paperwork, the spouses can use CompleteCase.com. This online service assists couples in selecting and completing divorce papers without hassle.

The process is simple and quick. If both parties agree to the separation terms, they will only need to answer a few questions from the CompleteCase online questionnaire. Then, two days later, they can download the papers in PDF format, print them, and submit them to the local court.

Steps for Divorce in Tennessee

Divorce is a complex process consisting of several stages, and the main ones are described below.

Grounds for Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

Initial Filling

Initial Filing

Court Fees

Court Fees

Serving a Spouse

Serving a Spouse

Finalizing a Divorce

Finalizing a Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

Every divorce occurs for a reason. In legal language, these reasons are called “grounds.” They can be no-fault and fault-based. Each person should choose one of them and state it in the divorce petition.

No-fault divorce in Tennessee can be granted in two instances: irreconcilable differences with no chances for reconciliation and separation for two years.

The primary condition for a judge to issue a final judgment is that the spouses conclude a settlement agreement with adequate child custody and support provisions.

When a person files for divorce using one of the fault-based reasons, they need to verify their claims by affidavit, oath, or affirmation before the court or notary public. Tennessee State Laws provide the following fault-based grounds:

  • impotence
  • adultery
  • bigamy
  • desertion for one year
  • conviction of a crime and imprisonment
  • cruel treatment
  • abandonment without any reason and refusal to provide for another spouse
  • the pregnancy of wife by another person than their spouse
  • alcohol or substance abuse if the person developed these habits after marriage.

Initial Filing

The primary forms to prepare and file with the family court are the Request for Divorce and the Spouses’ Personal Information form. The papers should be filed with the circuit court in the county where the defendant lives. If the other party doesn’t live in Tennessee, the paperwork can be submitted to the court in the county where the plaintiff lives.

Court Fees

When the plaintiff comes to court and wants to start the marriage dissolution case, they usually must pay filing fees. In Tennessee, each county has its own fee schedule, which can be found online or at the Clerk’s office. The filing fee is approximately $380 for couples with minor children and $310 without them.

Serving a Spouse

Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure require a plaintiff to notify the defendant about the start of divorce proceedings. It should be done:

  • in person by a third party who’s at least 18 years old, a sheriff, or a private process server
  • by certified mail
  • by publication in a local newspaper.

Finalizing a Divorce

When all the papers have been filed and the waiting period is over, the plaintiff must ask the court clerk to set the final hearing date. After the judge signs the divorce decree, its copy should be delivered to the other spouse if they weren’t present to receive it themselves.

Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer in Tennessee

Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer

A divorce lawyer can help the couples to formalize their divorce and defend their interests in court. In contested cases, each spouse has an attorney who prepares divorce documents, files them with the court, serves the other spouse, and represents their client at court trials.

Family law attorneys’ services in Tennessee can vary from $100 to $300 and even higher, depending on the attorney’s experience and the prestige of their law firm.

Couples with uncontested divorces don’t always need a lawyer. For instance, they can choose an alternative way to end their marriage called DIY divorce. It’s when the spouses don’t hire a lawyer and prepare their divorce paperwork independently. They also file the papers with the court and attend a hearing without legal representatives.

To file for an uncontested no-fault divorce, the spouses must:

  • negotiate the terms such as property division, child support, alimony, etc.
  • put the resolved terms into writing.
  • present their divorce case to the judge.

A DIY divorce is the best way to reduce divorce expenses and be in control of the outcome. Additional tools, such as CompleteCase.com online service, can help make this process even faster by providing the spouses with legal papers in just a few clicks.

Getting a Divorce with Children in Tennessee

Getting a Divorce with Children in Tennessee

Child Custody

Tennessee Family Law provides two types of child custody: legal and physical. Each type is divided into sole and joint custody. The judges most often grant joint custody since they believe that it’s in the children’s best interests to be raised by both parents.

Legal custody refers to child-related decisions about education, healthcare, religion, and other activities.

Physical custody determines with which parent the children will live permanently.

Joint custody allows both parents to participate in their child’s upbringing and make vital decisions influencing their well-being.

Sole custody restricts the non-custodial parent’s rights to make legal decisions about the child or live with them daily.

When deciding what type of custody to order, Tennessee judges consider the following:

  1. the child’s bonds with each parent
  2. which parent was with the child most of the time in the past
  3. each parent’s ability to facilitate the child’s relationship with the other parent
  4. the refusal to attend parenting classes
  5. the ability to provide for the child’s needs
  6. the mental and physical health of all parties
  7. evidence of abuse
  8. the child’s preferences, etc.

The likelihood that one parent will encourage the child’s close contact with the other is determined according to how well they follow the court orders on parenting arrangements, such as parenting classes.

Child Support

A non-residential parent usually pays a specific amount of money (child support) to their minor children after divorce. It should cover basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, medical needs, etc. The total amount is calculated according to the state child support guidelines based on parents’ income and the number of children.

Waiting Period in Tennessee

Waiting Period in Tennessee

A waiting period is a minimal number of days that pass between filing for divorce and the moment of getting a final court order. Tennessee has two types of waiting periods, depending on circumstances.

The spouses can get divorced no sooner than 60 days after filing if they don’t have underage children and 90 days if they have minor kids, biological or adopted. However, the couple rarely dissolves their marriage after the waiting period passes unless their divorce is amicable.

So, if the spouses want to speed up the process, they should:

  • agree on divorce terms before going to court
  • resort to online tools such as CompleteCase.com to prepare the legal forms fast and affordably.

Residency Requirements

Divorce in Tennessee is only granted if the couple meets the state residency requirements:

  • a plaintiff was a bona fide resident of Tennessee or lived out of state when the reasons claimed as grounds in the divorce petition occurred
  • a plaintiff or a defendant have been Tennessee state residents for six months before filing for divorce.

Military members whose state of residence is not Tennessee can also ask the court to grant their divorce. However, their period of living should be longer. They or their spouses need to live within the state’s borders for at least one year.

Residency Requirements in Tennessee

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