We recently posted a blog regarding how to make your divorce quick and painless in Arizona. There are some differences in Tennessee. This blog provides an overview of the divorce process in Tennessee. Understanding the process helps to make the divorce quick and hopefully painless.
Once a petition for dissolving the marriage is filed, Tennessee has two different waiting date periods before a divorce will be granted. If there are no minor children common to the marriage, then a divorce may be finalized within 60 days of filing the petition. If the parties have any minor children, then the parties must wait 90 days before a divorce can be finalized.
In Tennessee, in order to finalize an "agreed divorce", there must be a Marital Dissolution Agreement. The Marital Dissolution Agreement is an agreement by the parties that disposes of all marital assets and liabilities. It also sets forth certain statutory requirements regarding the parties. A divorce that is agreed upon by the parties allows the parties to decide how to divide marital assets, versus going to court and having the judge decide the issues.
If there are minor children, a Permanent Parenting Plan must be prepared and a Child Support Worksheet must be generated. The Child Support Worksheet establishes the amount of child support that must be paid.
In Tennessee, child support is owed until the later of when a child reaches 18 or graduates from high school. As a general rule, there is no obligation to pay child support after the above date occurs, unless the child is disabled. If there is a disabled child, there are exceptions that allow for additional child support.
There are four kinds of alimony in Tennessee that may be applicable: transitional alimony, rehabilitative alimony, alimony in solido and alimony in futuro...