Free Divorce Forms for Couples with NO Children
In Tennessee, there are times when married couples can get divorced using free online forms. Doing so could save the couple a significant amount of money. They still have to pay the court costs, but they would be able to avoid costly attorney’s fees. The forms discussed in this blog are free and have been deemed “universally acceptable as legally sufficient” by the Tennessee Supreme Court. That means that if filled out correctly, all Tennessee courts that hear divorce cases must accept them. (https://www.tncourts.gov/node/4684225). Other forms that you can purchase online or in stores are not guaranteed to work and likely won’t be accepted by your local divorce court.
Qualifications: How do I know if I am able to use these forms?
- In order to qualify to use these forms:
- Both spouses must agree on all parts of the divorce
- You and your spouse need to agree that you have “irreconcilable differences”
- One or both of you must have lived in Tennessee for the last six months or when the decision to divorce was made.
- Have no children together than are under 18 years old, in high school, or disabled.
- Neither spouse is pregnant.
- You don’t own buildings or land or a business together or have retirement benefits.
- You can agree on alimony and how to divide your property, and will both sign a Divorce Agreement.
Where can I access these forms?
- The forms are available online at tn.courts.gov:
How do I file these forms?
- The forms should be filed in person at your local circuit or chancery court.
- Each court has its own fee. These vary by location and you can find out what you might owe by contacting the court clerk’s office.
- If you cannot pay the fee upfront, you can request to pay the fee later by filing a Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order with your local County Clerk’s office.