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What fault grounds may be pleaded in a Tennessee divorce?

In some divorce cases, the spouses that make up a Hamilton couple may simply grow apart. They may agree that ending their marriage is the best course of action, and they may work through their divorce proceedings without much conflict. If they have no minor children, then they may pursue a no fault divorce based on their existing irreconcilable differences.

However, some divorces are predicated on the actions or behaviors of one of the parties. When certain conditions exist, divorces may be pursued based on the fault of one of the parties. This post will generally review some of those recognized fault grounds. Readers are asked to consult with their divorce attorneys for specific information as this post is not offered as legal advice.

For example, the presence of cruelty or violence in a marriage may allow the victim to pursue a divorce based on that element of the marriage. Additionally, a person whose spouse is addicted to alcohol or drugs may be able to seek a divorced based on that condition possessed by their partner.

Adultery, impotency, and desertion are also fault grounds recognized by Tennessee courts, as is pregnancy by another man at the time the partners were married. There are several other grounds of fault on which a divorce may be based. However, these claims must be supported by evidence.

Tennessee divorces may be based on fault or no fault grounds. It can be advantageous for a person to speak with a family law attorney about how selecting a fault basis for divorce could impact the outcomes of their legal matter.

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