How To Get An Agreed Divorce In Tennessee - Tennessee Supreme Court


How to Get an Agreed Divorce in Tennessee
If you have NO children who are under 18, disabled, or in high school and
you do NOT own buildings, land or a business with your spouse or have retirement benefits.
This packet has the Court forms you will need to get an agreed divorce. It also explains:
What an agreed divorce is.
How to get ready for your Court hearing.
Who can get an agreed divorce.
Answers to common questions about divorce.
Steps to get an agreed divorce.
What goes in a Divorce Agreement.
What is an agreed divorce?
Do I need a lawyer?
Agreed means that you and your spouse agree on
It is always good to talk with a lawyer – if possible.
all points of your divorce AND you both must
You need a lawyer if:
meet all the rules below. An agreed divorce is
You find the Court papers hard to understand;
easier and faster. It costs less than a regular
You or your spouse have an IRS-qualified
divorce because:
pension or retirement plan;
There are fewer Court papers to fill out.
You or your spouse own buildings or land (this
You don’t have to hire a lawyer – but it’s best to
is called real property);
talk to a lawyer before starting any divorce.
You or your spouse own a business;
Costs for the divorce should be paid at the time
of filing the divorce (refer to the
Filing Fee
Schedule). If you qualify, based on the
Your spouse has a lawyer;
Guidelines, costs can be paid at the end of
You have questions about your divorce (the
the case by completing the Request to Postpone
Court cannot give you legal advice);
Filing Fees and Order [FORM 3].
You don’t know how to locate your spouse;
Your spouse over controls you or makes you
Can anyone get an agreed divorce with this
afraid to disagree; OR
There is domestic violence (see page 2 of
No! It is only for couples if ALL of the following
these instructions for free legal help).
statements are true:
One or both of you lived in Tennessee for at
Important! Only want a lawyer for part of the
least the past 6 months OR you both lived in
case? It is always best to talk to a lawyer – if
Tennessee when you decided to divorce;
possible. Having a lawyer look at your Divorce
You and your spouse have NO children together
Agreement may protect you.
who are under 18, in high school, or are
disabled. Children together means children you
Where can I find a lawyer?
had together that were born before your marriage
Your County’s Bar Association. This is a
AND any children born or adopted during your
group that lawyers join.
They may have
marriage. If you have children together, DO NOT
use this packet – go to the Pro Se Divorce Forms
programs that can give you free advice. Or
(With Children)
section of our website .
they can refer you to a lawyer.
Neither spouse is pregnant;
Look under “lawyer” in the yellow pages.
You both want to end your marriage;
Search for “lawyer” on the internet.
You don’t own buildings, land, or a business
together, or have retirement benefits; AND
Ask divorced friends which lawyer they used.
You can agree on alimony and how to divide
Check the Administrative Office of the Courts’
your property, and will both sign a Divorce
Agreement (FORM 5); AND
website at:
the Court’s Access to Justice website at:
If any of the above are not true for you, you
cannot use this packet! Talk to a lawyer.
July, 2017
Agreed Divorce Instructions
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Approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court with Modifications Approved by the Davidson County Circuit Courts
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