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Arkansas - Divorce Kits

Arkansas Requirements

The following information provided is a basic synopsis of state laws and guidelines. Due to changing laws and statutes the material may be outdated, so please seek additional resources or consult an attorney if more specific information is desired.

Required Residency to File: 60 days

Where to File: The county in which the plaintiff resides.

Grounds for Absolute Divorce:

Felony Conviction or Imprisonment
Fraud, Force or Duress
Mental and or Physical Cruelty

Grounds for "No-Fault" Divorce:

Living Separate and Apart

Time before ex-spouses may re-marry: Plaintiff ( none ) Defendant ( none )

Voluntary or required Mediation: ( no )

Voluntary or recommended Counseling: ( yes )

The Distribution of Property:

Arkansas is an "equitable distribution" state. The court has full discretion to divide the real estate and other marital property which includes pension benefits. Separate property is typically retained by the spouse who owns it, but if equitable distribution can not be reached it will become a consideration. The following factors are generally considered: age and health, length of marriage, vocational skills, occupations, contributions in acquisitions, employability of spouses, federal tax consequences of property distribution, and custody.

Spousal Support:

Support may be granted to either spouse to be paid in installments for a specific amount of time. The time is subject to change under circumstances, like re-marriage or death.

Child Custody:

The courts award what is in the best interest of the child. The following factors are generally considered: the situations of both parents and child, and the nature of the divorce.

Uniform Child Custody Act: 1979
Is Joint Custody awarded? NO
Do Grandparents Have the Right to Visitation? YES
Are Child's Wishes Considered? NO

Child Support:

Either parent may be ordered to provide support. The payments may paid directly to an appointed court employee, or through the state enforcement agency. There are specific child support guidelines for the state although deviation from the guidelines is permitted under certain circumstances. The following factors are generally considered: a child's need for contact with both parents, the joint responsibilities for the welfare of the child, the financial resources, cost of day care, and the standard of living the child would have otherwise enjoyed had not the divorce taken place.
Document Example

To prepare your documents, you would simply edit the information as it applies to you.

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF:   Case No. ____________________




COMES NOW the Petitioner, JANE DOE, and respectfully petitions and shows this Court as follows:
I.           The vital statistics concerning the parties are as follows:
          A. PETITIONER:

  1. Age: 28
  2. Occupation: Clerk
  3. Petitioner now resides at 123 Main Street, Douglas, Arkansas 54321, County of Pope. Petitioner has been a resident of the State of Arkansas since April 8, 1968.
          B. RESPONDENT:
  1. Age: 32
  2. Occupation: Vice President, 7-11 Convenience Stores
  3. Respondent now resides at 456 Corner Drive, Douglas, Arkansas 54321, County of Pope. Respondent has been a resident of the State of Arkansas since December 2, 1978.
II.           The Social Security Numbers of the parties are as follows:

          Petitioner: 555-23-9178
          Respondent: 875-12-3354.

          A. At least one of the parties has had actual residence in this state with a bona fide intention of making this state his or her permanent home for at least one year prior to the filing of this petition.
          B. The Petitioner is serving in the United States Armed Forces and has been continuously stationed at a military base or installation in this state for one year.

Document Kit Contents

Your document kit will include:
  1. Instructions for completion of your documents
  2. Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
  3. Sample Marital Settlement Agreement
  4. Financial Affidavit of Petitioner
  5. Financial Affidavit of Respondent
  6. Answer and Waiver of Hearing
  7. Verification
  8. Affidavit of Non Military Service
  9. Affidavit of Corroborating Witness
  10. Decree of Divorce
  11. Sample Proposed Property Settlement
  12. Summons
  13. Notice of Hearing
  14. Affidavit of Service
  15. Affidavit of Diligent Search for Service by Publication

    If children are involved:

  16. Affidavit of Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act
  17. Sample Parenting Plan

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