Clarksville Divorce Lawyer
Protecting Your Interests During Marital Separation in Tennessee
At Goble & Yow Attorneys, PLLC, our attorneys understand that divorce is a complicated time in a person’s life. While the proceedings will be emotionally tricky, especially if they involve child support or custody issues, they can go more smoothly with the help of experienced Clarksville divorce attorneys. If you and your spouse are considering ending your marriage, contact our team and schedule a free consultation. We can help you take a look at your situation and make the right decisions that can help to protect your interests.
Call (931) 283-2311 or contact us online for a free case review with a divorce lawyer in Clarksville, TN.
Divorce Cases We Handle
Our divorce lawyers have more than 35 years of experience combined and are ready to answer your questions involving all matters involving divorce such as:
- Contested and Uncontested Divorce
- Military Divorce
- Mediation and Collaborative Law
- Child Support
- Parental Relocation
- Post-divorce Modifications
- Division of Property
- Spousal Support
For skilled legal representation, speak with a divorce attorney in Clarksville at Goble & Yow Attorneys, PLLC. Your initial case review is free.
What Do I Need to File for Divorce in Tennessee?
Before filing for divorce in Tennessee, there are requirements by the state that must be met. The residency requirement is that you must have to have lived in the state of Tennessee for at least 6 months before filing. However, if you are a victim of domestic abuse or there is another emergency, you may be allowed to file immediately.
How Do I File for Divorce in TN?
To begin the divorce process, you must file a Summons and Complaint in the county that you live in. You may file with the Circuit Court or the Chancery Court -- it depends on the county in which you reside. After you file, divorce papers are served to your spouse. The papers can be served by your attorney, the sheriff’s office, or a process server whom you must hire. If it will not be a high-conflict divorce and your spouse provides consent, you will be able to mail the papers to them. However, remember that a Waiver of Service of Process must signed and filed as well.
The next step is to determine the grounds for divorce, settle property division, alimony, child support, and custody/visitation. If all matters are addressed you do not have children, the court can finalize the divorce after a 60-day waiting period. If children are involved, there is a 90-day waiting period. After the divorce is finalized, there is an additional waiting period of 30-days before you and your spouse can remarry.
What Are Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, there are many traditional grounds for at-fault divorce, such as adultery, impotency, addiction, or a prison sentence. There are also cases where neither party is at fault for the split.
These no-fault situations include:
- The couple has remained separated for two years and have no children under 18
- The couple agrees that they have irreconcilable differences
In cases where there is no fault, the couple will not have to undergo any sort of counseling or separative measures to ensure their broken marriage cannot be remedied.
Statutory grounds for divorce can include:
- Desertion for at least one year
- Criminal conviction that causes infamy
- Prison sentence
- Attempted murder of their spouse
- Habitual substance abuse
Is TN a 50/50 State for Divorce?
No, the state of Tennessee does not divide marital property right down the middle. Tennessee utilizes equitable distribution which requires the court to examine various factors before dispersing the assets in a fair and equitable way. These factors include:
- The length of the marriage
- The contributions of each spouse during the marriage
- The age, health, and overall well-being of each spouse
Keep in mind, equitable distribution is only used when the divorcing parties cannot come to a mutual conclusion as to who will get what property.
Does it Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Tennessee?
While the court nor the judge will be influenced by which spouse files first, there can be several distinct advantages to filing for divorce first in Tennessee:
- The spouse filing first normally presents their case first in a divorce trial.
- Filing first allows for significantly more time to prepare, especially if the other spouse is not ready for it.
- The spouse filing first also is allowed "dismissal upon reconciliation", meaning they can drop the case if the opposing spouse has not filed a counter-complaint. This is beneficial for those who have second thoughts and wish to reconcile with their spouse.
How Our Clarksville Divorce Attorneys Can Help
With over 35 years of combined years of experience, our divorce lawyers in Clarksville bring a broad background of knowledge and insights to each case we take. We understand what it means to go through divorce, and we can help you construct an effective strategy to ensure your rights, interests, and future are protected throughout the proceedings.
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