Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee

26 October 2010 Categories: All Blogs, Family Law and Divorce

Grounds for Divorce In Tennessee
Many people often hear about two grounds for divorce: irreconcilable differences and adultery being the most common. Tennessee law recognizes 15 grounds under T.C.A 36-4-101:

1. If either spouse was impotent and incapable of procreation at the time of the marriage;
2. If either spouse was still married to another person at the time of the marriage;
3. If either spouse has committed adultery;
4. If either spouse willfully or maliciously deserts or leaves the other spouse for one year without reasonable cause;
5. If either spouse is convicted of an infamous crime;
6. If either spouse is convicted of a felony;
7. If either spouse has attempted to kill the other spouse through poison or other malicious means;
8. If either spouse refuses to move to Tennessee with the other spouse and that other spouse lives in Tennessee for 2 years;
9. If the wife was pregnant at the time of the marriage by another man and the husband was not aware of it;
10. If either spouse develops habitual drunkenness or abuse of drugs after the marriage;
11. If either spouse is guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment that makes living together unsafe and improper (often called inappropriate marital conduct);
12. If either spouse has offered such indignities to the other person as to make the marriage intolerable, and force that spouse to withdraw;
13. If either spouse abandons the other spouse or locks the other spouse out of the house without just cause and fails to provide support;
14. If there are irreconcilable differences between the parties;
15. If the parties have been separated for two years and do not have any minor children.

If you or someone you know is going through any of the above situations, you should contact a licensed Tennessee attorney to discuss your case and get the information you need.

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