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Arkansas Child Support

Arkansas divorce courts may order either parent to pay child support.

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To decide a child support order when couples are filing divorce, the Arkansas divorce court uses the percentage of income formula to determine the amount of child support as a percentage of the income of the parent ordered to pay. The number of children requiring support is used to figure out the percentage of income the parent will be ordered to pay.

Under state divorce laws, the divorce court must make sure the child support order is reasonable by considering the circumstances of the parent and child, as well as the nature of the divorce. The Arkansas divorce court may find that the child support guidelines are inappropriate for the circumstances.

If this is the case, the court will use the following factors to consider deviating from the guidelines:

  • Any necessary medical, dental or psychological care or insurance
  • The creation or maintenance of a trust fund for the child
  • Daycare expenses
  • Extraordinary time spent with the noncustodial parent
  • Any additional support provided by the parent obligate to pay support

An official Affidavit of Financial Means must be filed with divorce cases that involve issues relating to child support.

A local Arkansas divorce lawyer can help you prepare an Affidavit of Financial Means and advise you on child support issues. Learn how to petition to modify child support, and get started protecting your child's future today. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out an Arkansas divorce case review.

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The above synopsis of Arkansas divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Arkansas divorce lawyer in your area.

Arkansas divorce law was last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.