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Arkansas Divorce Law

Divorce Laws in Arkansas

Arkansas divorce laws have maintained the traditional fault based grounds for divorce, which can include, but is not limited to, adultery, cruel and barbarous treatment, and 18 months of continued voluntary separation. Under this concept, you must have a valid reason for a divorce in Arkansas. Additionally, one of the spouses must have been a resident in the state of Arkansas for at least 90 days prior to filing for divorce in AR.

Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Arkansas

Arkansas is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce laws in Arkansas this means that the marital property must be divided equally. Separate property, or property owned prior to the marriage, shall be retained by the owning spouse.

Alimony can be awarded to either the husband or wife in installments. Such factors as the length of the marriage, the partiesí prior living standard, etc. are considered in determining the amount and duration that should be paid.

Arkansas Child Support, Child Visitation and Child Custody

The main focus in determining child custody, according to AR divorce law, is the best interest of the children. Visitation rights are typically awarded to the non custodial parent.

Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parentsí income paid to assist with the support of his children) is determined by the Varying Percentage of Income model, based on net income as set forth by divorce law in Arkansas. Expect to pay child support until the age of 18 or the child becomes a high school graduate.

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