Divorce laws in Tennessee

Tennessee divorce laws are found in Tennessee Code Title 1 with different topics separated by Chapters.

The circuit courts, located in each county in Tennessee, have exclusive jurisdiction to process and rule on divorce cases. In addition to the Tennessee Codes there are numerous rules of procedure that apply to how a divorce case is processed through the court and what actions and deadlines apply to the divorcing spouses. In addition, each individual court may have local rules and procedures relevant only to that county. These local rules are in addition to the standard rules of procedure that apply to all circuit courts in Tennessee.

Divorce is not only an emotional progression but a very real and serious legal event. A divorce order legally and permanently ends a marriage. The Final Judgment in Divorce indicates how assets and debts are to be divided and sets out child support, visitation and parental responsibility should the spouses have children together. Having knowledge of the law and your rights are imperative as the decisions and agreements you reach with your spouse have long term consequences.

To aid you in improving your knowledge of divorce law in Tennessee, we have extracted certain sections of the Tennessee Code for you. We organized these sections of law into common areas wherein couples generally have the most questions.

Tennessee Law Disclaimer

Tennessee divorce laws may change for several reasons, but generally due to the legislature making changes to it, or courts rendering legal decisions that affect how laws are to be interpreted and utilized. For these reasons you should not rely exclusively on anything you read on this website or any website. Please also be aware that Tennessee laws often change and the Tennessee Family Code sections listed on this website may not be the most current or relevant laws for your individual situation and circumstances.

For the reasons explained above as well as others, you should consider the laws listed on this website as general in nature and simply an introduction to Tennessee divorce law. The laws listed herein are in no way complete or representative of all the laws, regulations, procedural rules, etc that may be relevant to your divorce in Tennessee. The content on this website is intended for couples seeking a no fault (uncontested) divorce in Tennessee. Should your case be or become contested, involve complex issues, or require litigation know that the information provided on this website may not apply in such situations.

It’s always wise, and strongly encouraged by us, that you consult with a duly licensed Tennessee attorney experienced in Tennessee divorce and family law before making any legal decisions or entering into any agreements.