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Tennessee Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Divorce in Tennessee, you must make sure the Domestic Relations Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Tennessee residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

The spouse filing for the divorce must be a resident of the state at the time the grounds for divorce took place. If the grounds took place outside the state of Tennessee, one of the spouses must be a resident for 6 months prior to filing. The divorce shall be filed in the county in which both spouses reside if they are both residents; or the county in which the respondent resides if he or she is a resident; or the county in which the petitioner resides. (Tennessee Code - Volume 6A, Title 36, Sections 36-4-104 and 36-4-105)

Since divorce is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a divorce in the state of Tennessee. It is most common that people file for a divorce in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Tennessee residency requirements in the Tennessee state statutes located at: http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Tennessee residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.