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

  • I am grateful that I had Larry to help me through that challenging period of my personal life.

    “Larry was so instrumental that the proceedings of my divorce did not harm my medical practice.”

    Former Client

  • I called Larry and I’m glad I did.

    “Larry guided me through the process to reach an acceptable out of court settlement, which was absolute Godsend for my particular case.”

    Carl

  • They are indeed top notch and will beat your every expectation!

    “I cannot express my gratitude and complete satisfaction of a job well done.”

    Jennifer R.

  • Choosing Larry Rice to represent me was the best choice I have made!!!

    “As a client, I can definitely say that Larry Rice has exceeded my expectations, which are high.”

    Kathryn W.

  • Nick was always quick to return emails and phone calls, and he always explained everything so that I always knew exactly what was going on and what options we had.

    “When we went to court, Nick and his staff were beyond amazing in how well they were prepared. Nick did an outstanding job in the courtroom, and he gave me peace of mind throughout the entire process.”

    Beth