Tennessee Complaint for Divorce

In Tennessee, a Complaint for Divorce is a legal document that when filed with the appropriate circuit court initiates a Divorce proceeding with the court.

The Complaint can be filed with the Circuit Court in the county where either spouse has resided if either spouse has been a resident of Tennessee for at least six months.

A Complaint for Divorce does not legally dissolve the marriage. To finalize and complete a divorce in Tennessee, a judge must sign a Final Judgment for Divorce. At any time before the judge signs the Final Judgment for Divorce, a Complaint for Divorce may be withdrawn by the spouse who filed the Complaint with the court. Except in cases of domestic violence, no judge can sign a Final Judgement for Divorce until at least 60 days have passed from the time the Complaint for Divorce was filed with the court. In cases involving minor children, the waiting period is 90 days instead of sixty.