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Arkansas Family Attorney


Deciding to get a divorce is an extremely personal – and difficult – step to take. Filing for divorce can be a complicated legal process. Many divorces not only involve a change in marital status, but also entail matters of property division and alimony distribution, as well as child support and child custody issues. Hiring a knowledgeable Arkansas divorce lawyer is important to make sure your interests are protected. After speaking with our clients, we help to ease their concerns and explain what they can expect during every phase of the divorce proceedings.

Arkansas Divorce Residency Requirements

A person intending to file for divorce in Arkansas must first comply with specific residency requirements. The residency requirements are established to ensure that Arkansas courts have proper jurisdiction over the case. Arkansas laws require that the spouse filing for divorce live in the state for at least 60 days prior to submitting the divorce petition to the court. Additionally, the spouse who initiated the divorce proceedings must remain a resident of Arkansas for at least 3 months after filing the paperwork before the court will grant the divorce.

Grounds for Filing for Divorce in Arkansas

According to §9-12-301 of the Arkansas Code, spouses are permitted to divorce for various reasons. Some of the grounds for getting a divorce include:

  • The married couple hasn’t lived together for at least 18 continuous months
  • A spouse was convicted of a felony
  • Mental illness or incurable insanity caused the spouses to be separated for at least 3 years
  • A spouse committed adultery
  • A spouse has put the life of the other in danger due to cruel treatment
  • A spouse is impotent or unable to have sexual intercourse

This is not an all-inclusive list of the various grounds available for obtaining a divorce within Arkansas. When we meet with clients we listen to them explain why they want to proceed with a divorce. We inform the clients of the different options available so that they can make an informed decision regarding the most suitable option for filing for divorce.

Consult with an Arkansas Divorce Lawyer

If you are considering filing for divorce, call the Little Rock divorce attorneys at (501) 296-9820 to schedule a free consultation. Making this type of decision is very stressful and emotional but our clients can feel confident that a beneficial outcome will be reached with our legal team handling the case. We are committed to helping you get the fresh start you are seeking.

Phone: 501.296.9820

Fax: 501.296.9823

217 W. Second Street, Suite 115

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Serving Areas:

Little Rock, Arkansas

South, Arkansas

Eastern, Arkansas

Western, Arkansas

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