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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: Adultery; cruelty orviolence; desertion; drug/alcohol addiction; impotency; pregnantat time of marriage; unexplained absence; conviction of crime;previous marriage unresolved.

Residency: No residency required ifact committed while plaintiff was resident; or if grounds aroseout of state and plaintiff or defendant has resided in state 6months next to filing.

Waiting Period: None listed.

No Fault: Separation; irreconcilabledifferences.

Defenses: None listed.

Code Section: 36-4-101, et seq

Uniform Child Custody Act:1979
Joint Custody:Yes, 36-6-101(a)
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, 36-6-301
Child's Wishes Considered:Yes
Code Section: 36-6-101, 102

Community Property: No


Grounds: None listed.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: Annulmentshall not affect the legitimacy of children.

Prohibited Marriages: Betweenancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece,aunt and nephew.

Code Section: 36-3-101; 36-4-125


American Arbitration Association
Nashville Regional Office
221 4th Ave., N., 2nd Fl.
Nashville, TN 37219-2111
Phone: (615)256-5857
Fax: (615)244-8570

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Tennessee)
101 Marietta Tower, Ste. 821
Atlanta, GA 30323
Phone: (404)331-5733

Tennessee Bar Association
3622 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615)383-7421
Free: 800-899-6993
Fax: (615)297-8058

Publications: Tennessee Bar Journal(bimonthly magazine); and Across the Bar (bimonthly newsletter).

Tennessee Child Support Services
Department of Human Services
Citizens Plaza Bldg., 12th Fl.
400 Deadrick St.
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615)741-1820
Fax: (615)741-4165

Tennessee Commerce and InsuranceDepartment
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0565
Phone: (615)741-2241
Free: 800-342-4029
Elaine A. McReynolds, Commnr.

Tennessee Department of FinancialInstitutions
John Sevier Bldg., 4th Fl.
500 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615)741-2236
Talmadge Gilley, Commnr.

Tennessee Divorce, Alimony, and ChildCustody (with Forms)
Harrison Co.
PO Box 7500
3110 Crossing Park
Norcross, GA 30091-7500
W. Walton Garrett. 1990. 3rd edition.

Tennessee Self-Help Clearinghouse
Mental Health Association of Memphis
2400 Poplar, Ste. 410
Memphis, TN 38112
Phone: (901)323-0633
Carol Barnett, Coordinator

Tennessee State Department of Health andEnvironment
Vital Records
Cordell Hall Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37219-5402
Phone: (615)741-1763
Responds to public inquiries for birth records dated from 1914,death records dated from 1942, marriage and divorce records datedfrom July 1, 1945 (prior records filed with clerk of court incounty where event occurred). Search and certified copy of deathrecords cost $5; birth long forms cost $10; birth short forms(1950-present only) $5; marriage and divorce $10. Charges $2 foradditional copies. Law provides for delayed registration for anyyear that records are maintained in the Vital Records Officeafter search has been made for original record and no certificatelocated. Records of deaths dated 1908-1941, and births and deathsdated 1908- 1914 (incomplete records) are maintained in TennesseeLibrary and Archives, 403 7th Ave., N., Nashville, TN 37243-0312.Also maintains prior records for Chattanooga, Knoxville andNashville areas. Fees vary. Write for more information.Telephone: (615)741-2764. For all inquiries, enclose a stamped,self-addressed envelope.

Tennessee Support Group Clearinghouse
Mental Health Association of Knox County
6712 Kingston Pike, No. 203
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (615)584-6736
Judy Balloff, Program Coordinator

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