Tennessee Divorce Laws
Going Through a Divorce in Clarksville? Contact Our Legal Team
Are you going through a divorce or considering filing for divorce? If so, our firm can provide the patient, understanding and level-headed legal assistance to help make the process run smoothly. Divorce proceedings can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, especially when emotions run high.
There is no doubt about it; divorce can be a difficult time. The prospect of ending a marriage and fracturing a family is a burdensome and highly personal decision and the process affects everyone differently. Whether your situation has you feeling upset, frustrated or freshly liberated, our firm wants to help expedite the process and get you started on beginning a new life.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Having a third-party legal representative can save you a great deal of headache and can provide a fresh set of eyes to evaluate your situation. While providing our experienced legal opinion, our attorneys make it a point to respect your decisions and work toward a favorable resolution.
We have worked with a diverse set of clients dealing with radically different situations. As each case is different, our Clarksville family law attorneys can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your situation in order to establish your options and develop the best strategy for your case.
With more than 24 years of combined experience, Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC have accumulated a strong technical knowledge of the many laws and legal procedures of Tennessee divorce laws. Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce and the many stories that circulate can span the entire spectrum of feelings, emotions and experiences.
Laws About Divorce in TN
When filing for divorce, it is important that you have the facts first. Our firm has provided some essential components of the divorce process, and should you choose to hire an attorney from our firm, we will work closely with you to clarify all legal actions and the effects they may have on your personal situation.
Grounds for Divorce
Tennessee Code § 36.2.101-135 establishes all laws, regulations and requirements of filing for divorce in the state of Tennessee. First and foremost, Tennessee residents can apply for divorce if they have been residents of the state for at least six months prior to filing.
Beyond this, a reason or problem must be stated as the primary cause for dissolving a marriage or obtaining a legal separation. These are known as the grounds for divorce, and in Tennessee, applicants can file what is known as no-fault grounds and at-fault grounds.
- No-fault grounds do not place blame on either party and are typically used when divorce is mutually agreed upon by both individuals. The no-fault grounds are irreconcilable differences or living separately for at least two years without children.
- At-fault grounds, on the other hand, establish a specific cause for the dissolution of a marriage and usually place blame on one of the parties. The most common at-fault grounds for divorce in Tennessee include: impotence, adultery, felony convictions and imprisonment, willful desertion for one year, bigamy, endangering the well-being of a spouse or domestic violence and others.
The grounds for divorce can play a vital role in determining other legal issues. Courts consider at-fault grounds when determining alimony, child support and other family law issues. Having legal aid can provide you with the facts about the various grounds for divorce and how each option can impact your personal situation.
Our firm wants to make it known that information you may receive about the divorce process from others can come from highly personal experiences and subjective opinions. There is no universal formula when it comes to divorce, and having an experienced family law attorney evaluate your case can ensure that you take the most appropriate, feasible and favorable legal actions.
Want more information? Contact us today to start discussing your case.
Divorce-Related Legal Issues
Divorce is often complicated by the financial and legal repercussions involved. Child support, child custody, property distribution and alimony are common elements in many divorce proceedings. If couples are unable to reach an agreement or settlement regarding their property and financial assets, courts will employ what is known as equitable distribution.
The process for asset division is as follows:
- Classifying property and assets as marital or separate property
- Assigning a monetary value to marital property, including debt
- Distributing marital property between the two parties
It is important to note that equitable distribution does not mean marital property will be split 50/50. A variety of factors play a role in how property will be distributed and the court ultimately has the final decision. Marital property is defined by Tennessee Code § 36-4-121 as:
- Any property acquired during the marriage by either spouse
- Any increase in property value that couple contributed toward
- Any retirement benefits
The distribution of these assets depends heavily of particular circumstances and the process can often be difficult and frustrating. When these cases are contested or when another spouse has legal representation, it becomes vital to retain a family law attorney in order to reduce your risk of receiving unfair distribution.
Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC: Client-Focused Personal Attention
The complicated process, distribution of property and other family law issues make divorce unpredictable and extremely difficult. When spouses hire legal representation or when children are involved, divorce and legal separation can quickly become combative.
It is essential to the successful outcome of your case to discuss the particularities of your situation, your goals and your options with a qualified and experienced attorney from our firm. In addition, our firm emphasizes the importance of establishing and maintaining a close working relationship with every client because these matters depend so heavily on developing personal strategies.
Our goal is to provide friendly, attentive and understanding counsel, while working thoroughly and aggressively according to the most appropriate case strategy. If you would like to discuss your case, contact us today.