Divorcing with children is something that isn't easy. You have to think about your children, as well as of yourself. In the eyes of the law, divorces with children have usually been considered contested so that the issues related to the children could be addressed. Recently, the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted forms and instructions that can allow parents of minor children to go through an uncontested divorce instead of having to be taken through the contested process. The new packet will be able to be used starting on Jan. 1, 2017.
There are some very specific requirements that seriously limit the situations in which this new option could be exercises. It is only suitable for parents who don't have real property or retirement accounts, have minor children together and can agree on every point in the divorce. This includes agreeing on child support.
Uncontested divorces for people without minor children has been possible under a similar packet of forms and instructions since 2011. This is a step in the right direction for some divorce cases, such as those that don't meet the requirements for federally funded legal aid programs.
The forms and instructions in the new uncontested divorce with minor children packet is written in a manner that should be fairly easy for many people to understand. It is written in a fifth to eighth grade reading level. Still, it is important to ensure that you fully understand everything in the packet before you file the forms. Seek out answers to any questions you have so that you can ensure your rights are being upheld.
Source: The Chattanoogan, "Tennessee Supreme Court Adopts Forms For Uncontested Divorce For Parties With Minor Children," Oct. 31, 2016