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Residency Requirements for Divorce in Tennessee

Residency requirements in Tennessee ensure that the state's courts have jurisdiction over divorce cases. Meeting these requirements is essential before filing a divorce petition.

Residency Requirements for Divorce in Tennessee

1. State Residency

  • Requirement: Either spouse must have lived in Tennessee for at least six months immediately before filing for divorce.
  • Purpose: Establishes a significant connection to the state, allowing Tennessee courts to have jurisdiction over the divorce.

2. Military Personnel

  • Tennessee considers military personnel residents of the state if they were residents when they entered the service and have maintained Tennessee as their legal residence, even if stationed elsewhere.
  • Military personnel stationed in Tennessee for at least one year can also file for divorce in the state.

3. Filing Without Meeting Residency Requirements

  • If the residency requirements are not met, you may need to wait to file for divorce or consider filing in another state where you meet the requirements.

4. Impact on the Divorce Process

  • Failing to meet the residency requirements can result in the dismissal of your divorce case. Ensure that these criteria are met before filing.


Meeting the residency requirements is a critical first step in the divorce process in Tennessee. These requirements are in place to ensure that Tennessee courts have the authority to preside over your divorce. If you're considering filing for divorce in Tennessee, ensure that you or your spouse meet the state's residency requirements to avoid complications.

If there are any doubts or questions about your residency status, consulting with a legal professional can provide clarity and guidance.

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