Unlike many other states, Tennessee has fairly broad laws concerning legal separation.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also called liquidation bankruptcy, is a type of bankruptcy in which you can have some or all of your debts eliminated. Typically, there are only a few forms of debt, namely student loans, tax debts and spousal or child support, that cannot be discharged.
Like other states, Tennessee has a provision in its laws for what is commonly called the elective share. The elective share protects the surviving spouse from being left penniless after the other spouse's death`. Presumably, this is because, as a society, we assume that spouses want to and even should provide for their significant others.