HOW LONG DOES DIVORCE LITIGATION TAKE IN TENNESSEE?


09 Jun

This is a bit of a loaded question.  Some divorces can be concluded in just over 60 days, while others can take years.  In a very simple IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES divorce, there are no issues of property or children.  After the Complaint and Answer, you file an agreed-upon Marital Dissolution Agreement (MDA) which discusses how property will be divided.  This must be signed and notarized.  Then you do a Final Decree of Divorce, wait 60 days after the filing of the Complaint (Waiting Period), and schedule the divorce to be heard by a judge.  If children are involved, there is a 90 day waiting period.  A 9 page Permanent Parenting Plan (PPP) must be completed.  If there is a dispute as to custody, then the parties may go to mediation to resolve the issues.  The same is true with property issues.  There is really no way to exactly tell how long these divorces will last; however, it has been our experience that mediation is a great tool.

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