Filing for Divorce in Tennessee

Divorce proceedings exist to accomplish two things: severing your marriage and helping you and your partner divide assets and debts. Each state has its own unique guidelines and rules for divorce, put in place to make your separation as organized and fair as possible.

 
If you’re considering divorce, it can help to have an idea of what to expect. Though separations are stressful and occasionally overwhelming, a divorce attorney can help you make it through and even feel empowered and hopeful about the future.

Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee

Like many U.S. states, Tennessee allows “no-fault” divorce. You will frequently hear the phrase “irreconcilable differences” listed as grounds for divorce. This simply means that the divorce is categorized as “no-fault” or not meeting traditional at-fault grounds. 

Cruel and inhuman treatment, adultery, desertion, and chronic substance abuse (beginning after the marriage date) are all at-fault grounds for divorce. Still, most divorces fall under the umbrella of “irreconcilable differences.”

Property Division During Divorce

After a divorce, you and your spouse should be able to keep your separate property. This is the easy part of property division

“Separate property” includes property that was:

  • Received at any time as a gift or inheritance
  • Acquired before your marriage
  • Acquired after an order of legal separation was granted

You and your spouse should also be able to keep any income from property acquired before marriage and any personal injury awards. 

The trickier part of property division involves property acquired after your marriage date. Property obtained throughout your marriage is considered “marriage property.” If you and your spouse cannot agree on division, a judge will decide based on several factors, including but not limited to:

  • Each spouse’s contribution to the acquisition, preservation, appreciation, depreciation, or dissipation of marital property (including as parent or homemaker)
  • A spouse’s contribution to the education, training, or increased earnings of the other
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the acquisition, preservation, appreciation, depreciation, or dissipation of marital property (including as parent or homemaker)
  • Each spouse’s age, physical and mental health, vocational skills, employability, earning capacity, estate, financial liabilities, and financial needs

Alimony in Tennessee

Alimony is court-ordered financial support, sometimes called spousal support. Determining who is entitled and how much can be complicated and incredibly frustrating when combined with other stressors. But alimony divorce attorneys can lighten the burden by helping you understand your rights to reach favorable outcomes. 

A divorce attorney specializes in the following:

  • Negotiating spousal support
  • Helping you get a fair settlement
  • Mediating between you and your spouse
  • Limiting unfair economic effects of a divorce
  • Offering expert guidance every step of the way
  • Representing you in court

Child Custody in Tennessee

Child custody is one of the most contentious and emotionally-draining aspects of a divorce. Luckily, a skilled divorce attorney can help with parenting plans and custody. If you have minor children, you will need the assistance of an experienced child custody attorney to help you achieve positive outcomes after your divorce. 

In Tennessee, factors affecting child custody include:

  • If a child is over 12, where do they want to live?
  • The physical and mental health of each parent
  • The willingness of both parents to cooperate with each other and the court
  • Each parent’s ability to offer a safe, suitable living environment
  • The impact of these changes on the child’s life and well-being
  • Each parent’s current schedule and employment

Child Support in Tennessee

In Tennessee, both parents are required to support their minor children financially. The Tennessee Child Support Guidelines offer essential insight and clarity for factoring the frequency and amount of child support payments. 


A Tennessee child support attorney can help you understand your rights. While parents sometimes reach a mutually-beneficial arrangement without outside support, many divorcing couples need the guidance of a skilled divorce attorney.

What Services Does a Knoxville Divorce Attorney Offer?

As you’re probably learning, divorce can be incredibly complex. You might wonder how you’ll afford single life, who will take possession of the house, and how custody of your minor children will play out. A caring Knoxville family law attorney can help guide you every step of the way, starting with making sure you know your rights. 

Our family law attorneys can help with the following:

Whatever your case’s legal, financial, and emotional circumstances, the dedicated team at Mandy Hancock Law is here to strategize a creative and savvy solution that protects your rights. No matter how complex your assets, property, and interests are, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today!