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Arkansas Legal Requirements for Divorce

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Requirements for Divorce

Code Section9-12-301, 307, 308, 310
Residency RequirementsOne party must be resident at least 60 days before action and a resident 3 months before final decree granted.
Waiting Period30 days from filing for decree (except in willful desertion for 1 year of continuous separation).
'No Fault' Grounds for DivorceSeparation:- (lived separate and apart for 18 mos.)
Defenses to a Divorce FilingCollusion, consent or equal guilt in adultery.
Other Grounds for DivorceImpotence; conviction of felony or infamous crime; habitual drunk for one year or cruel and barbarous treatment or offers indignities; adultery; separate for 18 continuous months; committed for 3 yrs.; and where either spouse legally obligated to support other and having ability to provide common necessities, willfully fails to do so.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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