I Want To Divorce My Husband
by Clara from Nashville, Tennessee
I Want To Divorce My Husband:
I've been separated from my husband for the past 5 years and I don't know where he is at.
I now live in Tennessee for the past year and desperately want to get divorced.
We have no kids and no property together.
What do I need to do and what is the cheapest way to do it fast and easy.
Answer to Florida Divorce Question
The good news for you is that you can most likely divorce your husband fairly fast and easily!
Under the Tennessee Code, you can divorce your husband based on irreconcilable differences or under a two year separation, without cohabitation, when no children are involved.
Yes, since your state of residence is Tennessee, you will need to follow Tennessee filing guidelines.
For legal resources in Tennessee, you can visit the Tennessee Bar Association's website or have a look at this Divorce in Tennessee
Since you do not know where he is, you will be asking for a divorce by default. A default divorce is one in which the other spouse does not sign the divorce forms. Whether you are in Florida or Tennessee the process is almost identical. You begin by filing for divorce as you normally would.
But, instead of serving your husband or having a process server effectively serve him the divorce papers, you will need to notify you spouse by placing an ad in a local publication or other periodical that satisfies the court.
This is called service by publication, also commonly called "constructive service". As part of this process, you will have to submit a sworn statement that you diligently searched to discover the name and residence of your missing spouse.
At which point, at least in Florida, you would run the ad for four weeks in the county where the divorce is being filed. In Tennessee, the time to run the ad may be different, but the process and idea is still the same.
If your husband does not respond to the ad, you will have to fill out an affidavit proving that you attempted service by publication.
The Clerk of Court should be able to help you with this.
You can then file a Motion for Default and a Default Order.
As long as all of the requirements are met, you may receive a default judgment and you will get to keep whatever is requested in the divorce petition.
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