Tennessee Uncontested Divorce
Forms For Uncontested Divorce in Tennessee
Tennessee Uncontested Divorce: A complete and legal end to a marriage is a divorce. This can be done with both spouses in agreement or be done by a court ordering a marriage dissolved with the couple contesting the divorce itself or the supporting issues.
Any Tennessee resident seeking to enter a divorce case should first strive to reach an agreement on every issue.
This means that the Tennessee circuit or chancery court will not have to make any decisions for the couple, only whether or not to grant the divorce.
This type of case is always the best option as it is more expedient, cheaper, and generally contains less turmoil due to agreement rather than constant strife.
The nature of a Tennessee uncontested divorce means that attorneys will offer relatively low flat rates or minimal fees because less work is involved in the case.
In fact, in many uncontested situations, hiring an attorney may not be necessary, as there are multiple legal resources available to help with the administrative issues associated with the marriage termination.
Per its statutes, Tennessee recognizes both no fault and at fault grounds for divorce.
When the divorcing is proceeding uncontested, the couple will cite irreconcilable differences or show where they have lived separate and apart for two years.
When the divorce is not agreed upon in the beginning, it is up to one party to cite one of the at-fault grounds and prove the ground.
It is important to keep in mind that not all Tennessee uncontested divorces begin in an uncontested manner. Often, divorcing couples will reach an agreement at some point in the process, which is why many courts order mediation.
Mediation is the process of meeting with an attorney or other official that is unbiased and mediates a deal that is acceptable to both parties. Once an agreement is made, both parties can proceed with the case uncontested.
When children are involved and a couple cannot agree on custody, the court directs both parties to attend mediation as the parents often better decide custody battles. Keep in mind that an agreement made prior to filing is the best option for an uncontested divorce, as you will avoid the need for mediation.
The overall process of filing a Tennessee divorce of this type includes gathering information, gathering all required forms, filing the forms with the appropriate court, and attending a final hearing.
To make this process much easier, the Tennessee Courts both created and maintains a website dedicated to a variety of legal issues including divorce. Another option is to obtain this information from the clerk of the court’s office. As long as all paperwork is in order, it will lead to a successful divorce case.
As mentioned above, in every uncontested divorce case, some formal agreement between the parties must be achieved and provided in writing. The Tennessee form that shows this agreement is the Separation and Property Settlement Agreement.
This same document begins the Tennessee uncontested divorce process when it is attached to the initial complaint, so it is much better to have everything worked out in the beginning rather than needed to revise the original complaint in the form of modified orders, or submit an agreement later.
This form outlines how the spouses are dividing martial property, debts, and any other agreement such as child support and custody issues or alimony. This form becomes part of the court order once the judge approves the case and it becomes an order that both parties must follow.
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