Divorce Law

We can help you navigate the divorce process in a convenient. cost-effective, more agreeable way.

What are my options to separate from my spouse?

In Arkansas, there are a few paths to take when separating from your spouse. 

 

  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulment

Making the decision to file for divorce is perhaps one of the most difficult things a person can do. Frankly, it sucks. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be messy and it does not have to back you into bankruptcy. The average cost ranges from $12,000-27,000+ (each). The whole process can easily be drawn out for months or sometimes years. We can help walk you through the process, provide honest no BS advice to advance your case, and substantially reduce the cost.

Divorce FAQs

Do I have to prove that my spouse is the reason I can’t stay married?

Arkansas is a “fault” divorce state meaning that you have to have specific grounds for divorce. So, yes, you have to prove that your spouse did something that makes staying married impossible. The only option for a “no-fault” divorce in Arkansas is to live separate and apart from each other for a minimum of 18 months.

What if I want to stay legally married, but in every other way be separated from my spouse?

Arkansas recognizes legal documentation of separation. Simply living apart does not constitute a legal separation. Legal Separation or Divorce from Bed and Board is used for a variety of reasons. Religious beliefs on divorce, wanting to stay insurance, etc. Legal separation is sometimes also called a “limited divorce” because it’s not an absolute divorce. You have to go through the same processes, often with extra required information and court papers, as an absolute divorce, but you remain married in the eyes of the law. You can separate property, set child custody, support, and many other things, but you will not receive a Divorce Decree/Order from the Judge. What’s the biggest pitfall here? If you want to remarry, you have to go back to court to get that absolute divorce granted by the Judge. Otherwise, you’ll end up on a reality TV show, and no one wants that.

My spouse and I don’t want to spend a lot of money. We just want to make sure to do things right.

Divorce does NOT need to send you in to bankruptcy or deplete your child’s college savings.  An attorney is extremely valuable, but in many cases, a full representation attorney is trained to be adversarial.  That means more hours of $, more drama, more time to get to the ending you want. Find an attorney who will be able to advise you on what to include, avoid, ask, share, etc and make sure that when you go in front of the judge, it’s an easy peasy experience.  Obviously, this won’t work for all situations, but there are many couples who benefit from legal advice that gets them where they need quickly, effectively and doesn’t cost many thousands of dollars.

What kinds of things do I need to consider in my divorce?

Think of the big things that affect your everyday life and pocketbook and how you need to divide:

  1.  House
  2.  Stuff – your record player, the couch, the cars
  3.  Debt – student loans, credit cards, car notes, mortgage
  4.  Bank Accounts
  5.  Retirement Accounts
  6.  Investments
  7.  Last but certainly not least, children – where will they live, what does visitation look like, who pays for insurance, what about holidays …. That list can go on and on.

Why should you hire us?

We can help you navigate the uncertain and unknown legal world related to your divorce/separation. Our experienced divorce attorneys will be your guide.