Every state has its own divorce laws. Therefore, if you are contemplating filing for divorce, you will need to pay attention to the laws of the state you are filing in. You should pay particular attention to the grounds for divorce, particularly if you intend to blame your partner for the breakdown of the marriage.
Tennessee allows “no-fault” divorces in circumstances where spouses have been separated for two years and when no minor children are involved. Other circumstances require that fault be attributed. The following are some of the most commonly used grounds for divorce in Tennessee.
Cruelty or violence
If your spouse has subjected you to cruel treatment either psychologically or physically, this is grounds for divorce in Tennessee. If you have been subject to any form of domestic violence, it is also important to protect yourself by getting an order of protection.
Adultery, impotency or pregnancy by another man
Tennessee recognizes the importance of a monogamous sexual relationship within a marriage. Therefore if your partner is impotent, it is possible to cite this as a reason for divorce. Additionally, proof of adultery by the other partner is another valid reason for a spouse to end the marriage.
Addiction to drugs or alcohol can change a person’s character and motivations. If you have a partner with addiction problems, you feel that they are no longer the person that you married. In Tennessee, you can file for divorce if your spouse suffers from addiction.
Before filing for divorce, it is important to consider your strategy. This will help you to get a favorable divorce settlement.