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In Tennessee there are two types of divorces: Irreconcilable differences (uncontested) and contested.

Irreconcilable Differences

In an irreconcilable difference the parties have unresolvable disagreements. The parties, between themselves, work out the specific terms including distribution of marital assets, child custody and visitation, and spousal support, if any. Although parties may agree on child support the court will set child support regardless of whether the parties have reached an agreement on child support payments. Child support is based on statutory guidelines. The waiting period is at least 60 days without minor children and 90 days with minor children before it is final.

Contested Divorces

In a contested divorce, the parties are able to agree on little or no issues. The court will decide virtually every issue. Contested divorces are more expensive and can take a year or more compared to an uncontested divorce.