Filing Divorce in Shelby County, Tennessee


Filing for divorce and how much it costs to file a divorce in Shelby Co., Tennessee including residents of Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Bartlett, and Eads.

How to File a Divorce in Shelby Co., TN - Courthouse

How to File a Divorce in Shelby Co., TN – Courthouse

How to File a Divorce in Shelby Co., Tennessee

To file a divorce action in Shelby County, Tennessee, the following documents need to be prepared:  the Complaint for Divorce, Notice of Mandatory Injunctions, Confidential Information of the Parties, and a Summons. These are known as “initial filings.”  State approved forms for the initial filings may be found online at //www.tncourts.gov/help-center/court-approved-divorce-forms. The forms “Request for Divorce,” “Spouses’ Personal Information,” and “Restraining Order for Divorcing Spouses” found online are simpler versions of the Complaint, Notice of Mandatory Injunctions, and Confidential Information forms typically filed by attorneys. The Summons form for a new divorce action in Shelby County can be found on the Shelby County Circuit Court’s website. This form works for divorce actions filed in both Shelby County Circuit Court and Chancery Court and may be prepared ahead of time or at the Courthouse.

When filing for divorce in Shelby County, the Complaint for Divorce must first be proctored by the Shelby County Divorce Referee. The Referee inspects the Complaint to ensure that proper legal language and information is present in the document and that Shelby County is the proper jurisdiction to file the Complaint. The Divorce Referee is located at the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Avenue, Room 327, Memphis, Tennessee 38103. If the Divorce Referee is in session, you may sit and wait for a break in the proceedings, but this could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or two. You may leave the Complaint in an inbox with the Referee’s secretary, but it is recommended you ask for it to be reviewed. Typically, you can pick up the Complaint in 24 hours, unless informed otherwise by the secretary. When the Referee approves the Complaint, it is then assigned to either Chancery Court or Circuit Court.

Following approval of the Complaint by the Divorce Referee, take the original and several copies of the Complaint and other initial filings to the appropriate filing counter (Room 224 for Circuit Court or Room 308 for Chancery Court). The deputy clerk will file the documents and stamp the additional copies returned to you. Filing Fees will then be assessed.

How much does is cost to file for divorce in Shelby County, Tennessee?

As of April 2015, in both Chancery Court and Circuit Court in Shelby County, filing fees for divorce with children are $378.50 and without children are $303.50. To serve the divorce through the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, an additional $28.00 will be assessed. You may use a private process server to serve the documents instead of the Sheriff’s department.

Who is the Shelby County, Tennessee Divorce Referee?

Cary C. Woods

Where is the Shelby County, TN Chancery Court and Shelby County, TN Circuit Court and the Shelby County Court House located?

The Shelby County, TN Courthouse is located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  The Shelby County Chancery Court is located on the second floor of the Shelby County, TN Courthouse and the Shelby County Chancery Court is located on the third floor.

The links, mailing addresses, and phone numbers are as follows:

Jimmy Moore
Circuit Court Clerk
140 Adams Ave.
Room 324
Memphis, TN  38103
(901) 222-3800

Donna L. Russell
Clerk and Master
140 Adams Ave.
Room 308
Memphis, TN  38103
(901) 222-3903

Google Map: Shelby County Courthouse and Shelby County Divorce Referee’s Office

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Memphis divorce attorney and family lawyer, Miles Mason, Sr. JD, CPA founded the Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. The firm practices divorce and family law only representing clients living in Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Bartlett, Eads, Shelby Co., Fayette Co. Tipton Co., and the surrounding west Tennessee area. For more information, see our Meet the Team page.

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