2000 Mallory Lane Suite 130-386
Franklin, Tennessee 37067

1 (615) 472-8845

Grounds for Divorce

When a couple is unable to agree to an uncontested divorce, one of the parties will be required to prove grounds in order for the divorce to occur.  The grounds available in Tennessee are specifically set out by statute and include:
  1. Either party, at the time of the contract, was and still is naturally impotent and incapable of procreation;
  2. Either party has knowingly entered into a second marriage, in violation of a previous marriage, still subsisting;
  3. Either party has committed adultery;
  4. Willful or malicious desertion or absence of either party, without a reasonable cause, for one (1) whole year;
  5. Being convicted of any crime that, by the laws of the state, renders the party infamous;
  6. Being convicted of a crime that, by the laws of the state, is declared to be a felony, and sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary;
  7. Either party has attempted the life of the other, by poison or any other means showing malice;
  8. Refusal, on the part of a spouse, to remove with that person's spouse to this state, without a reasonable cause, and being willfully absent from the spouse residing in Tennessee for two (2) years;
  9. The woman was pregnant at the time of the marriage, by another person, without the knowledge of the husband;
  10. Habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs of either party, when the spouse has contracted either such habit after marriage;
  11. The husband or wife is guilty of such cruel and inhuman treatment or conduct towards the spouse as renders cohabitation unsafe and improper, which may also be referred to in pleadings as inappropriate marital conduct;
  12. The husband or wife has offered such indignities to the spouse's person as to render the spouse's position intolerable, and thereby forced the spouse to withdraw;
  13. The husband or wife has abandoned the spouse or turned the spouse out of doors for no just cause, and has refused or neglected to provide for the spouse while having the ability to so provide;
  14. Irreconcilable differences between the parties; and
  15. For a continuous period of two (2) or more years that commenced prior to or after April 18, 1985, both parties have lived in separate residences, have not cohabited as man and wife during such period, and there are no minor children of the parties.
If you have any questions regarding this or any other issues, please feel free to call me at the number listed above, send an email, or use the contact form.
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