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Arkansas Grounds for Divorce

Under Arkansas divorce law, a couple may file under no fault or fault grounds for divorce.

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The Arkansas divorce courts will grant a no fault divorce if the husband and wife have lived separate and apart for 18 continuous months without cohabitation. A no fault divorce will be granted whether the separation was voluntary by one spouse or mutual consent by both spouses.

During the no fault divorce process, the couple may need to recognize Arkansas divorce waiting periods.

One spouse may also file for fault divorce under the grounds such as:

  • Impotency at the time of marriage
  • Conviction of a felony or other infamous crime
  • Habitual drunkenness for one year
  • Cruel treatment that endangers the other spouse's life
  • Offer indignities to the other spouse that makes the living condition intolerable
  • Adultery

When filing for divorce, the couple will need to meet the Arkansas residency requirement before the divorce court will accept the divorce petition.

Arkansas divorce law and state requirements can make the divorce process more complicated, and there may be exceptions to the rules. An Arkansas divorce lawyer in your area can offer you legal divorce advice and prepare you for what to expect throughout the divorce process.

Connect with a local Arkansas divorce attorney by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out an Arkansas divorce case review form below.

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 attorney in your area.

Arkansas divorce laws were 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.