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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.

Reviews from People Who Have Been There

  • If you want your divorce handled right go to Larry Rice first.

    “Larry’s knowledge and experience in Tennessee divorce law is unequaled.”

    Bob

  • They were so helpful and supportive in processing my documents in timely manner. It was a great experience.

    “I would like to extend my appreciation to all the staff of Rice, Amundsen and Caperton, PLLC.”

    M.T.

  • My son and I met Nick and we were both very impressed by his easy manner of talking and his knowledge of the law.

    “I was in a bad spot in my life with so much going wrong. I was very glad to have Nick's help.”

    Judy

  • Integrity at every turn.

    “Rice Divorce Team goes above and beyond what is required.”

    Jane T.

  • Without his help I would have never been able to raise my children.

    “The end result has been that my kids have spent at least half the time with me and eight years later we’re looking at two well rounded Christians and College Scholarships for my oldest who graduates this year.”

    Russell