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Family Law Attorneys Serving Clarksville, West & Middle Tennessee

Making the decision to end a marriage can be very stressful and emotional, but your divorce doesn't have to strain every aspect of your life. With the right family lawyer on your side, you can feel confident knowing your interests are prioritized.

At Casey, Simmons & Bryant, PLLC, our Jackson divorce attorneys are dedicated to protecting the well-being of your children and family. The goal of our team is to preserve relationships and to help you move forward with your life in the best possible way. We want to help keep you calm throughout the proceedings so you can focus on what is most important to you.

What Is the Divorce Process in Tennessee?

In order to get a divorce in Tennessee, you or your spouse will need to be a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing. Once you’ve met the residency requirement, you’ll need to decide whether you are filing for an agreed divorce, a no-fault divorce, or a fault-based divorce.

The forms you complete will vary depending on the type of the divorce, but, in general, you will need to fill out the following:

  • Request/Complaint for Divorce
  • Your Spouse's Personal Information
  • Health Insurance Notice

For agreed divorces, you will also need to complete:

  • Divorce Agreement
  • Final Decree of Divorce
  • Court Order for Divorcing Spouses

After completing the required forms, you will need to make copies of everything: one for your records, one for the court and one for your spouse.

You will then file the forms with the clerk’s office in the county where you and your spouse live, the county where your spouse currently lives, or the county you lived at the time of your separation. There is a filing fee, but, if you cannot afford it, you may file a Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order.

Contact us today if you have any questions about filing for divorce in TN, and set up a free consultation! We serve Jackson, Clarksville, and all of middle and west Tennessee.

If you are filing for a no-fault or fault-based divorce, you will need to have the divorce papers personally served to your spouse. You will then need to wait at least 60 days after filing the Request for Divorce before you can schedule your divorce hearing.

During the divorce hearing, the judge will likely ask you questions about your marriage, as well as other items on the forms, before approving your divorce.

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How Much Does It Cost to File Divorce in TN?

Depending on whether you have children or if the sheriff serves the divorce papers to your spouse, the filing fees for a divorce in Tennessee can cost anywhere from $184 to $301.

Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Tennessee?

Although Tennessee judges treat the petitioner and a defendant equally, there may be some advantages to filing first, such as:

  • Deciding on the grounds for divorce;

  • Having the time and resources to prepare;

  • Having more control over the process;

  • Getting to choose which county to file in; and

  • Taking the lead (in contested divorce cases, this means presenting your case first).

Effective Solutions for Complex Divorce Matters

Although many divorce cases can be handled amicably, there may be times where you and your spouse simply cannot reach an agreement. If you are struggling with the various matters in your divorce, then we can help you achieve positive settlements in or out of court. As skilled negotiators and litigators, we are ready to guide you through every step of the divorce process.

Our divorce lawyers in Jackson and Clarksville, TN can assist you if you are currently involved in a dispute over these family law matters:

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the steps to file for an uncontested divorce in Tennessee?

To file for an uncontested divorce in Tennessee, you must first ensure you or your spouse have been a resident of the state for at least six months. Next, you'll need to complete and file several forms, including the Request/Complaint for Divorce, Divorce Agreement, and Final Decree of Divorce. Copies of these documents must be made for your records, the court, and your spouse. Finally, submit the forms to the clerk's office in the appropriate county, along with any required filing fees. If you're unable to afford the fees, you may request to postpone them.

How can I ensure my children's well-being is prioritized during my divorce in Jackson, TN?

Ensuring your children's well-being during a divorce involves choosing a family lawyer who understands the importance of family dynamics and strives to preserve relationships. In Jackson, TN, our attorneys focus on creating a supportive environment for your children and aim to minimize the impact of the divorce on their lives. By working with a compassionate legal team, you can maintain a sense of calm and stability for your children throughout the divorce process.

What is the difference between an agreed divorce and a no-fault divorce in Tennessee?

An agreed divorce in Tennessee is one where both spouses agree on all terms, including property division, child custody, and support. This type of divorce typically involves a Divorce Agreement and can be resolved without a trial. A no-fault divorce, on the other hand, means that neither spouse blames the other for the breakdown of the marriage, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. Both types of divorces can be filed in Tennessee, but the processes and forms involved may differ.

Can I file for divorce in Tennessee if I can't afford the filing fees?

Yes, if you are unable to afford the filing fees for a divorce in Tennessee, you can file a Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order. This request asks the court to defer or waive the fees based on your financial situation. It's important to provide accurate financial information in your request to ensure the court can make a fair assessment of your ability to pay the fees.
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Why Choose Casey, Simmons & Bryan, PLLC?

Family law is a sensitive legal field. Clients who come to Casey, Simmons & Bryant, PLLC are often facing some of the most difficult situations of their lives and need a listening ear and a trustworthy advocate. We strive to be our clients’ number one confidante in their divorce or other family law matter. Our skilled team of Jackson and Clarksville family lawyers share more than 30 years of combined legal experience and is capable of handling a wide variety of cases.

Our divorce lawyers are known as reliable and hardworking and are backed by years of education and experience. Each case we handle is tailor-fit to meet the needs of the client. We pour hours of hard work and personal attention into the preparation of our cases so that we can obtain the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients.

We Work Hand-in-Hand with You to Resolve Your Family Law Matter

When clients first come to us, our family law attorney in Jackson, TN evaluates their case and what they wish to achieve. Then we make a plan that will accomplish those goals. Family matters can become highly emotional and complicated. We strive to be a calm voice of reason that can capably guide our clients through every step of case proceedings for families in Clarksville and Jackson.

Whatever circumstances you face, you can trust that our capable Jackson divorce attorneys will provide you with honest advice, straightforward guidance, and aggressive representation.

Tennessee Marriage & Family Law

The courts in Tennessee see a wide variety of cases, from spousal support, to diving up marital property appropriately, and child custody, and much more. In fact, there are even laws that concern marriages, even before the marriage has taken place.

For example, these types of marriages are not permitted under the law:

  • Marriage between between family members, i.e. parent and child, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc.
  • Entering into a marriage with a person who is already in a legally valid marriage
  • Marriage to a minor (under the age of 16)
  • Marriage to an individual who is unable to provide consent, such as intoxication or lack of mental capacity

To receive a marriage license, you would only need to provide your identification, date of birth, as well as proof of divorce to show that your previous marriage has been dissolved. After you receive your license, it is valid for 30 days, no waiting period necessary, and is valid throughout all counties in the state.

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

The need for a divorce lawyer depends so much on your particular circumstances. For simple cases, you may be able to represent yourself; however, the advantage of having a divorce lawyer is knowing you have an ally alongside you, who is also experienced and knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the law. This is particularly true when you are dealing with highly emotional matters such as child custody. Your attorney can negotiate on your behalf so that you can focus on more important matters.

Online Divorce vs. Hiring a Lawyer

The first major problem with online divorce services is that they are only suitable for couples who agree on every aspect of their divorce, from asset and debt division to parenting time. This may work for couples who pursue an uncontested divorce or have not been married for long, but most couples require a divorce attorney's assistance to work out the details of their divorce.

Even couples who think they agree on the terms of their divorce may find themselves at odds over issues such as child custody or spousal support. If you jump into a divorce as your own advocate, then you run the risk of losing on important issues or being unable to proceed in the event that you and your spouse reach a stalemate.

Online divorce may also cost you more in the long run. For example, if you face a financial disadvantage after your divorce, then you will need a divorce attorney to help you get an alimony order from the court because, if you forgo spousal support, you may suffer financial hardship after your divorce. This ultimately cost you far more than you "saved" by opting for a DIY divorce.

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    At our firm, we understand that you are going through a difficult time. We will guide you through this process with compassion and experience.

  • Personalized Approach

    We understand that every case is unique. Our firm provides personalized attention and unique strategies for each case in order to achieve the most favorable results.

  • Fierce Advocacy

    When you work with our firm, you will have advocates on your side that are ready for any circumstances and are not afraid to take your case to trial to secure favorable results.

  • Decades of Experience

    Our firm offers more than 30 years of combined legal experience to advocate for you. Each of our attorneys will bring their insight and to your case.

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Each of our attorneys is driven by the desire to help people through especially difficult life circumstances. This passion has resulted in numerous professional awards and recognition, including listings in Top 10 Under 40, The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, and more. Due to our high client satisfaction rate, we have also been awarded the 2016 Best Client Satisfaction award by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

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