What are the Residency and Filing Requirements for Divorce in Tennessee?

Residency may be established in Tennessee if the acts which give rise to the divorce occurred in Tennessee or if either party has resided in Tennessee for at least 6 months before the divorce complaint was filed. (Tennessee Code Title 36 Domestic Relations Chapter 4 Divorce and Annulment Section 104) The petition for divorce may be filed in the county where the parties reside at the time of their separation, the county in which the defendant resides, or, if the defendant is a resident of another state then in the county where the plaintiff resides. (Tennessee Code Title 36 Domestic Relations Chapter 4 Divorce and Annulment Section 105)

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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