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

  • Mr. Rice is my David to the Goliath of our divorce litigation. He is a man of courage, honor, and integrity.

    “Mr. Rice is an attorney of honor and integrity.”

    Joan

  • Integrity at every turn.

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

    Jane T.

  • Polished, Thorough, and Personable

    ““I retained Ms. Pfenson last year to fight a motion to modify custody. She is very personable, responsive, and easy to talk to. Seems unusual to find that combination of skills and qualities but Ms. Pfenson has them. I would recommend her to anyone dealing with a family law matter. I feel very confident having her on my side. She plays to win. Highly recommend her.”

    Former Client

  • Larry, Erin, Susan & Linsey gained my trust quickly and my utmost respect.

    “Never thought I would be a divorcee, but I am truly thankful Larry Rice and his team represented me. The process was painful on a personal level, but the actual legal process was handled with great care and expertise. Larry, Erin, Susan & Linsey gained my trust quickly and my utmost respect --- a BIG shout out to y'all!!! I couldn't have had better representation! THANK YOU!!!”

    Susan 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