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Arkansas Alimony and Spousal Support

Alimony is a legal agreement established by the court for one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse after a separation or divorce. Alimony is also commonly referred to as spousal support or maintenance. Alimony is an integral aspect of the divorce proceedings. Even though there are no guarantees regarding alimony in Arkansas divorce cases, the Law Firm of Thomas Buchanan is able to competently translate its clients’ needs to the court in order for them to obtain equitable financial settlements.

Arkansas Alimony Laws

There are no set rules regarding alimony in Arkansas, so the courts make decisions based on the circumstances of each case. It is very common within the state of Arkansas for both spouses to work and earn an income. If both spouses are financially independent they may mutually agree not to include alimony as part of the divorce settlement. If there is a significant disparity in incomes between spouses, the court may designate alimony on a temporary or permanent basis.

Alimony Considerations

The court decides the terms of alimony distribution on a case by case basis. The terms of any alimony payments depend on the financial circumstances of the couple. Certain factors taken into consideration are:

  • Income of both spouses
  • Assets of both spouses
  • Ability of spouses to maintain the same standard of living that existed during marriage
  • Ability of either spouse to maintain current employment or obtain future employment

The court reviews all of the information at its disposal prior to making a decision regarding spousal support. Ultimately, the court tries to make a decision that is fair for both parties. The court also has the right to modify the terms of the alimony if the situation of either party changes.

Termination of Alimony Payments

Alimony payments are subject to termination under certain circumstances according to Arkansas Code §9-12-312. Alimony and support payments stop if:

  • Person receiving alimony gets remarried
  • Person receiving alimony has a relationship resembling a remarriage that produces a child and there is a court order for the alimony recipient to either receive or give child support

Contact Arkansas Alimony Settlement Attorneys

The Law Firm of Thomas Buchanan uses its in-depth knowledge and skills to help their clients get the type of alimony settlement they deserve. Contact the law firm at (501) 296-9820 or complete the contact form to arrange a free consultation. The experienced attorneys at the firm aggressively fight to protect the financial interests of people who reside in Little Rock and other cities throughout the state of Arkansas.

Phone: 501.296.9820

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217 W. Second Street, Suite 115

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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South, Arkansas

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