Making Divorce Easier

Divorce. Not the outcome you'd envisioned all that time ago when you said, "I do," but unfortunately, an outcome many couples have to face. It's extremely stressful-not only do you have to deal with the loss of your partner, but the logistics of splitting up a household can be overwhelming.

According to Tennessee Code, Title 36, Sections 36-4-101, the legal grounds for divorce are as follows:

  • Irreconcilable differences between the parties.
  • A two-year period of separation, without cohabitation, if there are no minor children involved.
  • Willful desertion for one whole year.
  • Abandonment and refusal to provide for the spouse while having the ability to do so.
  • Refusal to move to this state, and being willfully absent from the spouse residing in Tennessee for two years.
  • Impotence.
  • Bigamy.
  • Adultery.
  • The woman was pregnant at the time of the marriage, by another person, without the knowledge of the husband.
  • Conviction of an infamous crime, or sentenced to confinement in a penitentiary for a felony.
  • Cruel or inhuman treatment that makes cohabitation unsafe.
  • Attempting to take the life of the other.
  • Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse after the marriage.
  • Indignities that render the spouse's position intolerable, and force the spouse to withdraw.

Any of the circumstances leading up to the decision to get divorced is difficult all by itself. Add to that the rancor of two people who are splitting up, and the task of separating assets and dividing a household becomes an almost Herculean task.