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Divorce can be the most trying period in a man’s life. Cordell & Cordell, a domestic law firm that fights for fathers’ rights in Tennessee, hopes to make it easier for you and your children.

Cordell & Cordell offers legal representation throughout the state with offices in Chattanooga, Franklin, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro and Nashville. Our divorce attorneys are committed to delivering first-class service, and we fight to be a partner men can count on.

To schedule an appointment with a Tennessee divorce attorney, call 1-866-DADS-LAW or your local office. Explore answers to frequently asked questions about divorce in Tennessee.

Frequently Asked Tennessee Questions

What are the grounds for filing for divorce in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, we have two types of divorces: uncontested, which is usually irreconcilable differences, and contested, which requires proof of grounds for divorce.

With a contested divorce, the parties cannot agree and must go to trial. The grounds for a contested divorce are:

  • Adultery;
  • Habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs;
  • Living apart for two years with no minor children;
  • Inappropriate marital conduct;
  • Willful or malicious desertion for one full year without a reasonable cause;
  • Conviction of a felony;
  • Pregnancy of the wife by another before the marriage without the husband’s knowledge;
  • Refusal to move to Tennessee with your spouse and living apart for two years;
  • Malicious attempt upon the life of another;
  • Lack of reconciliation for two years after the entry of a decree of separate maintenance;
  • Impotency and sterility;
  • Bigamy; andAbandonment or refusal or neglecting to provide for spouse although able to do so.
How much will my divorce cost?

It is difficult to estimate the cost of a divorce. For some divorcing couples, the cost is minimal. For others, it is very expensive. Three big factors on the cost of divorce are how your spouse reacts, who your spouse hires, and who your judge is.

Can I annul my marriage?

If a marriage is annulled, the marriage is treated as if it never existed. Marriages can be void or voidable. A marriage is voidable if: either party is under age; one or both parties lack capacity; there is no consent; fraud; mistake; force; impotency; the woman is pregnant by another; or the marriage is not consummated.

Void marriages are serious violations of public policy. A marriage is void if either of the parties is already married (bigamy), the parties are closely related (incestuous), or if either party has been adjudicated insane at the time of the marriage ceremony.

Not finding the answer you are looking for? Browse our entire Tennessee Divorce FAQ.

Who will get custody of our child?

If you and your spouse can agree to a custody arrangement, you will decide which spouse gets custody of your children. If you and your spouse do not agree, the court will determine the custodial arrangement based on the best interest of the child.

Can I modify custody?

The standard for modifying child custody is a material and substantial change in circumstance that affects the best interest of the child.

Not finding the answer you are looking for? Browse our entire Tennessee Child Custody FAQ.

Real-Life Experiences
Reviews from Our Past Clients
  • “It took years for me to come to a decision to end my marriage. I sought a law firm that is focused and prepared for trial if need be, and seeks to give me the best outcome possible. Cordell and Cordell has performed very well and is very supportive during this difficult time. I have full confidence in my representation and recommend them.”
    – Mason B.
  • “Divorce is hard enough without trying to find a Lawyer who will truly work for you. I had several conversations with Lawyers that seemed only interested in winning somehow. No one wins in a divorce. I should have went to Cordell & Cordell first so I would have avoided a lot of headaches. I met a group of people that genuinely care for you.”
    – Mark L.
    single day enjoying time with his children

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    Why Hire
    Cordell & Cordell?

    Men hire Cordell & Cordell because the firm’s entire focus is on aggressively championing the rights of men and fathers through divorce. Our attorneys understand how the deck is often stacked against guys in family law and are committed to leveling the playing field by providing the legal guidance and resources needed to give them a fair chance at success.