Filing for divorce is a decision you don’t come to lightly. You may have lost sleep and agonized about the decision.
If you decide to file for divorce, you may want the entire process to go as quickly as possible. However, before trying to push things through, there are a few waiting periods you need to know about. There could be other factors that impact the timeline of your divorce, too. Being fully aware of these things will help you know what to expect when filing for divorce in Tennessee.
Required waiting periods for a Tennessee divorce
Filing for divorce with children requires a 90-day waiting period before it can be finalized. If minor children are not involved, the waiting period for having your divorce finalized is 60 days.
It is important to note that there are special circumstances when these waiting periods may not apply. For example, the waiting period can be waived if domestic violence or abuse is involved.
It is important to note that most divorces will not be finalized in 60 or 90 days. That is because of everything that is involved with them. On average, you can expect an uncontested divorce with no children to take two to six months and those with children to take up to a year.
Other factors that can lengthen the divorce timeline
You may have other issues that extend the timeline of your divorce, too. For example, divorces involving high-value marital assets or situations where you and your spouse can’t agree on things like child custody, child support, alimony and more will result in a longer divorce than amicable situations.
Protecting your rights in a Tennessee divorce
If you are filing for divorce in Tennessee, knowing the legal aspects of the process is essential. This will help you know what to expect.