Tennessee Ground Rules

A divorce may be granted in Tennessee divorce law using either "Fault" or "No-Fault" grounds.

By Divorce Magazine
May 26, 2006

A divorce may be granted in Tennessee divorce law using either "Fault" or "No-Fault" grounds.

Grounds For Divorce

Fault grounds include:

  1. impotence;
  2. adultery;
  3. conviction of a felony and imprisonment;
  4. alcoholism and/or drug addiction;
  5. wife is pregnant by another at the time of the marriage without husband's knowledge;
  6. willful desertion for one year;
  7. bigamy;
  8. endangering the life of a spouse;
  9. commission and/or conviction of an infamous crime;
  10. refusing the move to Tennessee with a spouse and willfully absenting oneself from a new residence for two years;
  11. cruel and inhuman treatment;
  12. spouse has made life intolerable;
  13. abandonment or refusing to provide home and support;
  14. living separate and apart for two or more years.

No-Fault grounds include:

  1. Irreconcilable differences if there is no denial of this ground or the spouses submit an executed marital dissolution agreement;
  2. living separate and apart without cohabitation for two years when there are no minor children.

Of these, the "No-Fault" ground is the most straightforward and easiest to prove under Tennessee divorce law.

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By Divorce Magazine| May 26, 2006

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