What are Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee?

There are 14 potential causes for divorce in Tennessee. They include: (1) if either party was at the time of marriage and still is naturally impotent and incapable of procreation; (2) if either party knowingly entered into a second marriage when already married; (3) adultery; (4) willful or malicious desertion without reasonable cause for at least one whole year; (5) a conviction of a crime that makes that party infamous; (6) conviction of felony and being sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary; (7) if either party has attempted to take the life of the other; (8) refusal to move to Tennessee with a spouse, without reasonable cause, and willfully being absent from the spouse residing in Tennessee for at least 2 years; (9) the woman being pregnant at the time of the marriage by another person without the knowledge of the husband; (10) habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs when the spouse contracted the habit after the marriage; (11) a spouse being guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment or conduct towards the spouse as renders cohabitation unsafe and improper; (12) if a spouse has suffered such indignities as to render the spouse’s position intolerable; (13) if the spouse has abandoned the other spouse or turned the spouse out for no just cause and has refused or neglected to provide for the spouse while having the ability to do so; (14) irreconcilable differences between the parties; or (15) if the parties have not cohabited as husband and wife in two years and have no minor children. (Tennessee Code Title 36 Domestic Relations Chapter 4 Divorce and Annulment Section 101)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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