Indignities that make the spouse’s life intolerable
Abandonment, neglect or banning the spouse from the home
Residency: Plaintiff must be a resident of the state at the time the grounds for divorce took place or if they took place outside the state, one of the parties must be a resident for at least 6 months prior to filing.
Legal Separation Recognized? Yes. Alimony, property distribution and child support can be awarded and the decree of separation can be converted into a decree of divorce after two years.
Property Distribution: Tennessee relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution. Fault is not considered.
Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party at the discretion of the court. Fault is considered.
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