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Know what Tennessee laws apply to divorce cases

When you are ready to legally end your marriage, you need to learn about what laws will apply to the divorce. Tennessee laws have some very specific points that you should know if you are going to file here.

The residency requirements for filing here are pretty interesting. There are some cases when no residency requirement is applicable. In other cases, it is necessary for the person to have lived in the state for six months to a year prior to filing the divorce. If you have concerns about whether you meet the residency requirement or if there is even one applicable in your case, find this out before you take the time to file.

It is possible to file for a divorce based on specific grounds, but you can also file a no-fault divorce. You should know that the waiting period for a no-fault divorce is two years if you don't have minor children. This means that you and your ex must live separately for two years.

It is also possible to file a divorce based on specific reasons. The waiting period for these divorces varies depending on the circumstances. For example, you need to wait one year for a divorce if your spouse deserts you and two years if the spouse is absent from the marriage.

Making sure that you have your ducks in a row when you are ready to file for divorce is important. You don't want to get stuck in your marriage or that the divorce will be delayed because you made an error in the divorce filing.

Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Divorce Laws," accessed July 14, 2017

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