Contested Divorce in Tennessee

in User Help Last updated May 03, 2018

Divorce can be a messy business and it will cost you time and money. When you get to the point where you know that the marriage can no longer survive, a divorce might be the best solution for both parties involved. The state of Tennessee recognizes twelve fault grounds to contest a divorce. Some people may choose to file a claim after a divorce is settled due to a dispute that continues to happen during the divorce process. Of course, like many other states, Tennessee also offers no-fault divorce in which you can just file irreconcilable differences as grounds for your divorce. 

Claims and Counterclaims

If your spouse decides to file a claim or contest the divorce, the judge will give you thirty days to file the reports and submit all the necessary documents. You should speak with your lawyer about the documents that will be the most important in a counterclaim situation. However, if it was you who contested the divorce grounds, the judge will give you six months to prepare for trial. This will allow you to compile all the evidence and lay grounds for contesting the contested divorce process. This process can take at least six months, because the judge will ask you to attempt mediation before you go to trial.

If Things Still Don’t Work

The divorce process can be very tedious, and often it takes a toll on all parties involved. In many cases, one party will change their mind about the details of the divorce right before the negotiations are complete. In that case, you can file for a pendente lite relief hearing. These hearings take place to ensure that when the divorce is final, there is no need for both parties to return to court and have another trial. 


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