How to File For Divorce in Arkansas
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HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN ARKANSAS

*ONLY FOR MARRIED COUPLES WITHOUT MINOR CHILDREN

- STEP BY STEP GUIDE -

STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Arkansas divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK ARKANSAS DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

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STEP 2 - The Spouse that has decided to file for divorce must complete the following forms:

  • Arkansas Complaint for Divorce
  • Summons

STEP 3 - Before you sign the forms, you must go to a Notary (find one at every branch bank) and sign in with the Notary as your witness.

STEP 4 - Make 3 copies of all forms, go to the clerk's office and pay the $165.00 filing fee.

STEP 5 - You will have to send your spouse copies of the stamped and filed Complaint and Summons. In order to do this you must send it to them via Certified Mail with Return Receipt requested. Upon receiving your return receipt, you can fill in the Affidavit of Service Mail Form and file it with the court clerk's office.

*If the spouse wants to contest the claim that you are in fact divorcing him or her, your spouse will have to file an Answer form within 20 days.

STEP 6 - You will have to meet with your spouse in order to fill out the Marital Settlement Agreement. This is the form that states exactly what you and your spouse will be separating when it comes to all assets and debts. After agreeing to the terms, you both must have this signed in front of a public notary.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident for at least 2 months.
  • The only causes for divorce is 'Separation for at least 18 months' or 'general indignities'.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Arkansas takes a minimum of 3 months

STEP 7 - As long as it has been at least 30 days since your originally filing date of your Summons and Complaint for Divorce, you can set a date for your court hearing. After receiving your date, you will need to get a Notice of Hearing form completed by the clerk so that you can send it to your spouse so that he or she will be notified of your divorce hearing date.

STEP 8 - Both spouses will need to attend the hearing. Be sure to bring at least 3 copies of all divorce forms as well as the Divorce Decree. Be ready to have a witness that can speak on your behalf if the grounds of your divorce of residency requirements come into question. The witness can be a family member or a close friend (cannot be a previous or present girlfriend or boyfriend).

STEP 9 - If you have a successful hearing the Judge will sign your Divorce Decree and you will need to file them with the clerk and you are officially divorced in the State of Arkansas.

*NAME CHANGE - If you are seeking to change your name after divorce in Arkansas here are the required forms.

 

 

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