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What are the Grounds for Divorce in TN?

In Tennessee, you don’t have to have grounds to get a divorce. If you and your spouse have both decided that it’s just not working out anymore and you’d be better off living separate lives, you can both sign the divorce papers and be free of one another. If, however, you want to get a divorce but your spouse doesn’t, you’re going to have to show cause. This is what’s called a contested divorce, and it requires grounds, or a reason that the state should legally recognize your need for a divorce.

Tennessee recognizes many grounds for divorce in contested cases. These are:

A spouse can be accused of adultery even if the sexual relations occurred after a separation.

Other examples of grounds include mistreatment such as degradation or mental abuse or inappropriate marital behavior.

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