Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are our most frequently asked questions.

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An agreed divorce (sometimes also called "uncontested") is when both parties reach an agreement an all terms and issues involved in the divorce. These issues can include division of debts, division of assets, possible alimony, parenting time with any minor children, and agreement of the child support amount as set by the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines.

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In an agreed divorce, Tennessee state law requires the divorce to be filed in the court clerk's office for at least sixty (60) days before the divorce can be granted, if there are no minor children involved.  If there are any minor children involved, then the divorce has to be filed in the court clerk's office for at least ninety (90) days before the divorce can be granted.  Agreed divorces can be finished soon after this time period is up.  The time period to complete a contested divorce varies widely, mainly depending on what issues the parties cannot agree upon.

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Our office can usually schedule your initial appointment the day that you call or the next business day.  At the appointment you will pay the attorney fee and supply us with the information of what you and your spouse have agreed upon.  Our office can have your court documents prepared and ready for your review and signature as quickly as the next business day.  After you and your spouse sign all of the court documents, we then file them with the court clerk and the sixty (60) day waiting period begins. Once the waiting period is over, there is a very brief court hearing. Your spouse is not required to attend the court hearing.

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Our office can usually schedule your initial appointment the day that you call or the next business day.  At the appointment you will pay the attorney fee and supply us with the information of what you and your spouse have agreed upon, including the state required Permanent Parenting Plan, that we supply you with, which sets out the parents' custody arrangement.  Our office can have your court documents prepared and ready for your review and signature as quickly as the next business day.  After you and your spouse sign all of the court documents, we then file them with the court clerk and the ninety (90) day waiting period begins.  Once the waiting period is over, there is a very brief court hearing.  Your spouse is not required to attend the court hearing.

During the first thirty (30) days of the ninety day waiting period, Tennessee law requires each parent to attend on certified parenting class. The class lasts four (4) hours and the spouses attend separately.  After completion of the class, the teacher will send a certificate verifying your attendance to the court clerk.