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Online Divorce in Arkansas

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Arkansas, online divorce can be an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorces may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at OnlineDivorce.com makes it easy on the client. The site helps prepare all the necessary divorce forms and provides detailed written instructions on how to file for divorce in Arkansas.

Our divorce document preparation service can assist those who want their divorce papers completed in a quick and stress-free fashion. Arkansas has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, and our online system provides exactly what is necessary and applicable, with instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If the two spouses have an amicable agreement on the terms of the divorce, why should the process get drawn out, and why should money be spent on lawyers? Online divorces are often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce is often a great option for those who want to save money or hope to have the divorce quickly finalized and return to normal life. An increasing number of people are preparing documents for divorce online because it can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. Even for complex cases that involve children, property or other assets, the online route is possible. Clients first fill out a simple questionnaire and are given instructions at each step of the way.

The process at OnlineDivorce.com is 100% secure. We protect the client’s information and nothing gets filed until the client personally submits the divorce papers to a court. Filing for divorce in Arkansas with OnlineDivorce.com can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

OnlineDivorce.com begins the divorce process by presenting a simple online questionnaire. It can be filled out alone or with the assistance of a spouse. A signature from the other spouse must be obtained, after which the divorce forms may be filed at local court. In Arkansas, this is typically done at the courthouse in the county where the client currently resides. If the petitioner is not currently a resident, but the defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with the completed divorce forms. Clients can also obtain assistance from their local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

If there are any issues with the documents after the initial filing, clients may need to follow up. OnlineDivorce.com helps the client make small adjustments to their forms, as requested by the court, at no additional charge. The goal of the service is always to minimize stress and hassle.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Arkansas is no exception.

The spouse seeking divorce must reside in Arkansas for 60 days before they can file for a divorce, and must wait three months before the divorce is final. The plaintiff should file their documents in the county in which he or she resides, but if the plaintiff is not a resident of Arkansas, then the divorce is filed in the county in which the defendant lives. However, these requirements may be dismissed by the courts, depending on the venue.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Arkansas driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Arkansas

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Arkansas. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

There are two reasons for divorce in Arkansas --no-fault and general.

No-fault divorce is a type of divorce in which the dissolution of a marriage has taken place without any wrongdoing from either party. In Arkansas, that includes:

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Voluntarily living without cohabitation for 18 months. [Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated; Title 9, Chapter 12-301].

General reasons for divorcing in Arkansas are valid under the following reasons:

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Impotence;

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Adultery;

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Confinement for incurable insanity or a separation caused by mental illness for a period of three years;

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Conviction of a significant felony;

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Cruel or inhuman treatment which endangers the life of the spouse;

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Personal indignities;

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Habitual drunkenness for one year;

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Commission of or conviction of an infamous crime; and

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Nonsupport whereby the spouse can provide support but fails to provide suitable maintenance for the complaining spouse. [Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated; Title 9, Chapter 12-301].

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Custody of the child in Arkansas

Custody of the child

Child custody is awarded based on the welfare and best interests of the child, after a consideration of the following factors:

  • The overall circumstances of the parents and child;
  • The nature of the child custody case;
  • Which of the parents is most likely to allow frequent and continuing contact with the other parent; and
  • Any acts of spousal or child abuse.

Joint or shared custody may been awarded if it is found to be in the best interests of the child. The gender of the parent isn’t a factor in decisions relating to child custody. A child’s grandparent may petition the court to request continuing contact with the child. [Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated; Title 9, Chapter 13-101 and Arkansas Case Law].

Rules for child support in Arkansas

Arkansas has put into place specific state-mandated child support guidelines which apply in virtually every case, barring exceptional circumstances. With this, both parties’ gross incomes and certain child related expenses are considered. In the majority of child support cases, payments continue until the child reaches eighteen years of age, and they may extend until the completion of the child or children’s secondary education.

In awarding a reasonable amount of child support, the court is to consider the following factors:

  • The circumstances of the parents and child, and
  • The nature of the case.

Child support payments can be ordered to be paid for the benefit of the children through the registry of the court and the court may require that a surety bond for payment be required. There is an state-mandated official Arkansas Family Support guidelines chart which is presumed to be correct, unless the court finds that the amount would be inappropriate or unjust, considering these following factors:

  • Any required medical, dental, or psychological care or insurance;
  • The creation of or mainte­nance of a trust fund for the child;
  • Daycare expenses;
  • Extraordinary time spent with the non-custodial parent; and
  • Any additional support provided by the parent obligated to pay support.

This chart should be available from the Clerk of any Chancery Court within the state of Arkansas. In addition, an official Affidavit of Financial Means must be filed with divorce cases which involve issues relating to child support. [Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated; Title 9, Chapters 12-312 and 14-105 and Addendum to 1997 Arkansas Code Supplement].

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Rules for spousal support in Arkansas

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the divorce.

Alimony can be awarded to either of the two spouses in fixed installments for a standardized period of time and it is subject to automatic termination upon the death of either of the two spouses, remarriage of the receiving spouse, or the establishment by the recipient spouse of a relationship that creates a child or children. When the grounds for divorce are considered voluntary separation for three years, the fault for the divorce may be considered in dividing the property. The factors for consideration specified in this statute are that the amount be fair and reasonable based on the circumstances of the spouses and the nature of the case. Alimony payments may be ordered to be paid through the clerk of the court. [Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated; Title 9, Chapter 12-312].

Property division in Arkansas

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Arkansas, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner.

Arkansas is considered to be an “equitable distribution” state. All of the spouse’s marital property acquired during the marriage is divided equally between the spouses. However, if the court finds the division to be unfair, it can redistribute the property between the spouses, after consideration of the following factors:

  • The contribution that each spouse made to the preservation, appreciation, or acquisition of the marital property, including the contribu­tion of each spouse as homemaker;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The age, wellness, and station in life of the spouses;
  • The job of the spouses;
  • The amount and all sources of income of the spouses;
  • The employable skills of the spouses;
  • The property, debts, and requirements of each spouse and the opportunities of each for further acquisition of such assets and income; and
  • The income tax consequences of the court’s division of this property.

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Mediation support in Arkansas

There are no requirements for mediation in the state of Arkansas. However, spouses may decide to seek mediation privately to allow for a faster and smoother divorce process.

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Arkansas

Arkansas forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, clients can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents to help both parties move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Arkansas

When an individual files divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Clients must check with their local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take

Use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of the case. Clients start by filling out a questionnaire and can either complete it in one sitting or save their progress and complete it at a later date.

Once the documents have been completed, they need to be filed with the other spouse’s signature. More information regarding the finalization of the divorce case is provided once the paperwork has been completed and submitted to a court.

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