How Long Will a Tennessee Divorce Take?
If your grounds for divorce is irreconcilable differences, the state of Tennessee requires that you wait 60 days after your divorce filings to proceed, and 90 days if you have children who are minors. Once the waiting period has passed, mutually agreed upon divorces with fault grounds given can be several weeks long instead of several months. If your spouse contests the divorce, however, the divorce can stretch between 6 months and 2 years long or so.
What Key Steps of the Divorce Process Should I Know About?
Here is a key checklist that can give you a good idea of you the divorce timeline you might have. Check with the office of Martin Sir for an estimate on how long your divorce might take.
For Irreconcilable differences grounds:
• File for divorce with a Tennessee court, then wait 60 days (no kids) or 90 days (kids)
• Prepare and sign a Marriage Dissolution Agreement
• Prepare a Permanent Parenting Plan if minor children are involved
• Hearing in court to make certain your divorce is in keeping with Tennessee law
If your spouse contests the divorce, the steps are slightly different:
• File for divorce in court (no wait period is necessary)
• Give notice of filing to the other spouse, or they will be “served”
• Wait for the other spouse to file an Answer to the Petition to Divorce
• The discovery period usually includes interrogatives and request for production of documents and can include depositions.
• Divorce Trial
• Judge issues that grants or denies divorce. Details about alimony, custody and child support when applicable are decided upon afterwards.
How Expensive is a Divorce in Tennessee?
Your local filing statutes determine the price of all the documentation, which costs between $175 to $350. Some elements of this divorce filing include process, publication, and some court costs. Martin Sir & Associates can answer all of your logistical local filing questions. Centrally located in Nashville, Martin Sir knows the state inside and out—he even served in the Nashville State House of Representatives in the early years of his practice. Martin Sir & Associates can answer Divorce FAQ and so much more. Please call us at 615-256-5661