How long does it take to get an uncontested divorce in Memphis?

This is the question that was submitted to us last week on our Facebook fan page. I’m going to break this down into two different answers in two different posts. First let’s look at how long it takes to for you get a divorce in Memphis if you are wanting to pursue an uncontested divorce and there are no children in the marriage.memphis divorces take time

How long does it take to get a divorce if you don’t have kids?

Like so many things in life this really depends on your particular circumstances. But, the shortest amount of time a couple with no children could get an uncontested divorce here in Memphis theoretically would be 60 days. However, in reality this is probably going to take at least a minimum of 90 days.

Here are the reasons why:

1. In Tennessee there is a statutory (mandatory) 60 day waiting period from the date you file your divorce complaint until the day you can have your divorced finalized in front of a judge.

a. In reality what happens is that when the 60 days is up you then have to wait a couple of weeks before your final court hearing date because the courts calendar is always very full.

2. It usually takes at least two weeks from the time you come in to meet with your Memphis divorce lawyer until you have all of your paperwork completed and turned back in to your lawyers.

a. Here at the Ferrell Law Firm, for our Memphis uncontested divorces where no children are involved this paperwork consists of our Short Form of Statistical Information and our Marital Balance Sheet.

3. We have to wait until we get all your paperwork in before we can get all of your information put into your formal divorce complaint and marital dissolution agreement in the correct legal format to be accepted by the court.

a. It usually takes us about a week to complete this step, submit your complaint for divorce and marital dissolution agreement with the divorce referee and file it at the Shelby County Courthouse.

So, a simple Memphis uncontested divorce with no children will usually take about anywhere from 90 to 120 days to complete, beginning on the day you first meet with your Memphis divorce attorney.

Of course most of this really depends on how long it takes you to complete your paperwork and return it to us. Again, that’s because the 60 day waiting period does not begin until we have received your paperwork, completed our legal documents, submitted it to the divorce referee and filed it with the court.

If you’re wanting to get an uncontested divorce and have more questions give us a call at 901-881-6353 or email me at If you would like to see how much it would cost you for a Memphis divorce click here.

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