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Arkansas Residency and Filing Requirements
Arkansas has certain residency requirements for filing a divorce action. If the residency requirements are not met, the court will not have jurisdiction to hear the case. The court will either not accept the case or will dismiss the case.
The residency requirements must be met when the case if first filed. If you don't meet the requirements, you must either wait until you meet the rule on residency or file your divorce in another state where you meet the requirements.
To file for termination of a non-covenant marriage, either party must show residence in Arkansas for 60 days immediately prior to filing the action and a residence in the state for three full months before the final judgment granting the decree of divorce.
Arkansas Grounds for Divorce
The first divorce form filed in the Arkansas court - either a petition or complaint - must state the grounds for the divorce. The appropriate grounds for a Arkansas divorce are either the grounds that both parties can agree on and can substantiate in a divorce hearing or which the filing party chooses to prove to the court.
The Arkansas court has power to divorce a couple from their marriage on the following grounds:
- When husband and wife have lived separate and apart from each other for eighteen (18) continuous months without cohabitation.
- Habitual drunkenness for one (1) year.
- Cruel and barbarous treatment.
- Offer such indignities to the person of the other as shall render his or her condition intolerable.
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