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When filing for divorce in the state of Arkansas, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for a minimum of 60 days. This same spouse must also reside in the state for three months before a finalization of the divorce. There are no requirements as to how long one must live in a particular county before the divorce is filed there.
Arkansas recognizes at-fault and no-fault based grounds for divorce. No-fault grounds include but are not limited to the parties having been legally separated for 18 months, and three or more years living separately without cohabitation.
Some at-fault grounds include impotence, conviction of a felony, adultery subsequent to the marriage, cruel and inhumane treatment, and either party becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol for a period of one or more years. There are other at-fault grounds. These are discussed more in depth as you begin filing your divorce forms through BuyDivorcePapers.com
Child Custody is determined based on the best interest of the child or children without regard to the gender of the parent. In other words, custody is determined in a way that assures frequent and meaningful contact between the children and both parents. If the parents have a preference for custody and they can agree upon it, it can be presented to the court and it will be strongly considered by the judge as an option.
Unless unusual circumstances exist, Arkansas has specific child support guidelines that will apply in almost every case. Both parties' gross income and other child related expenses are taken into account when child support is calculated. In some cases, child support is extended through a childs' secondary education even though age 18 is normally the cut off age.
Dispute resolution is available and is strongly encouraged in Arkansas state court. When you file for divorce, you may seek mediation before or after the divorce proceedings begin. Mediation may allow a case to go through the process and become an uncontested divorce which will make for a more affordable, quick and easy divorce.
The standard state court filing fees are in additional charge to the cost of using BuyDivorcePapers.com. This filing fees can vary from county to county. Check with your local courthouse for more information about the exact charges so that you can prepare for your DIY divorce.