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Murfreesboro Divorce Lawyer Helps Families Through Tough Transitions

Understanding uncontested vs. Contested Divorce in Tennessee

Getting a divorce is by far one of the most stressful times you and your family may ever have to go through. Contested divorces are even more draining on all of the parties involved. A contested divorce can drag on for years—costing tens of thousands of dollars, keeping your life in limbo almost indefinitely. The Murfreesboro divorce attorney at the Law Office of David L. Scott offers compassionate and skillful legal representation through this difficult time. We work hard to save you the stress and expense of having to go through a contested divorce with your spouse.

Is there a legal difference between contested and uncontested divorces in Tennessee?

In the aftermath, there is no legal significance between whether a divorce was contested or uncontested in Tennessee. The real difference during the proceedings is that in a contested divorce, the spouse that filed for the divorce must prove that there are legally justifiable grounds for the divorce. This generally just results in significantly more attorney’s fees for both sides and a delay in receiving a divorce decree. Our Murfreesboro divorce attorney recommends that you proceed through the divorce uncontested, with our guidance.

Grounds for a contested divorce in Tennessee

Contested divorces in Tennessee put the burden on the filing spouse to prove that the other spouse is to blame for breaking their marital contract. These fault-based divorces were based on the old common law thinking that a marriage is a lifelong contract that can only be dissolved if one spouse clearly breached their marital contract. If your spouse is not in agreement with your wish to get a divorce, our Murfreesboro divorce attorney will discuss the circumstances that may support being able to file for a contested divorce.

The grounds for a contested divorce in Tennessee include:

- A spouse was already legally married to someone else
- A spouse committed adultery
- A spouse treats their partner cruelly or inhumanely
- A spouse attempts to kill the other spouse
- The wife was pregnant at the time of the marriage by another man, without the husband’s knowledge
- A spouse habitually abuses alcohol or narcotics
- A spouse has been convicted of a crime that leaves that party infamous
- A spouse has been sent to prison
- Spousal abandonment for more than one year
- A spouse was naturally impotent at the time of marriage

Contact an experienced Murfreesboro divorce attorney today for a free initial consultation

Count on the divorce lawyer at the Law Office of David L. Scott to see you through a contested or uncontested divorce in Tennessee. If you are considering divorce or have already been served, contact us today. We will answer  your questions about your potential grounds for divorce. Schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation at our Murfreesboro law office by calling us at 615-8967656 or contact us online.



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Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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