Tennessee Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Tennessee court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The Tennesse court may grant a divorce on one of the following grounds:

No-Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Irreconcilable differences (2) living separate and apart without cohabitation for 2 years when there are no minor children.

Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Impotence; (2) adultery; (3) Incarceration or felony conviction; (4) alcohol and drug addiction; (5) wife is pregnant by another at the time of marriage without husbandís knowledge; (6) willful desertion for one year; (7) bigamy; (8) endangering the life of the spouse; (9) conviction of an infamous crime; (10) refusing to move to Tennessee with a spouse and willfully absenting oneself from a new residence for 2 years; (11) cruel and inhuman treatment; (12) indignities that make the spouseís life intolerable; and (13) abandonment, neglect, or banning the spouse from the home. (Tennessee Code - Volume 6A, Title 36, Sections 36-4-101 and 36-4-103)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Tennessee must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Tennessee grounds, visit the Tennessee state statutes located at: