Residence Requirements

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Prior to filing your petition, you must have resided in Tennessee for six months or have been a bona fide resident of Tennessee when the grounds occurred here.

Some people wish to get divorced in another county; you can if both parties agree to it. At one time, this was faster than getting divorced in Shelby County; now, however, Shelby County is as fast, or faster. One advantage that still remains is that The Commercial Appeal does not publish out-of-county divorces. However, even your dimmest family member or friend will eventually figure out that you are divorced. One disadvantage is that if anything goes wrong—and there is much that can go wrong (alimony or support does not get paid, visitation is not working, property was not transferred)—it is more expensive and complicated to straighten problems out if the divorce was granted in another county.

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