Facts About Divorce

Facts About Divorce

By Brandon Allen, Attorney and Jennifer Schilling, Law Clerk
McDonald, Levy and Taylor, PLLC
  • Physical separation of the spouses cannot, by itself, amount to a divorce.
  • In 2019, there were 23,804 Tennessee divorces.
  • In 2019, 45 states reported a total of 746,971 divorces.  1.5 million people became single.
  • Grounds for divorce fall into two categories: no-fault and fault-based.
  • Grounds include impotency, entering into a second marriage in violation of a previous marriage still subsisting, adultery, malicious desertion for one year or more without reasonable cause, being convicted of a crime that renders the party infamous, attempted murder of spouse by poison or other means showing malice, habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs contracted after marriage, cruel and inhuman treatment of spouse that renders cohabitation unsafe and improper, and irreconcilable differences.
  • A divorce typically takes around 4-6 months depending on the complexity of the situation.


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