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What to know before you get a divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2022 | Divorce

When you and your Arkansas spouse originally made your vows, you both imagined the union would be forever, but things change. Unfortunately, going through a divorce can be a time full of uncertainty, doubt, and confusion, as many people have questions about some aspects of the process.

Arkansas is an equitable distribution state

One of the first and most frequently asked divorce questions is – ‘what will happen to our marital property and assets?’ In Arkansas, courts will not automatically divide everything 50/50 between the couple. Instead, they’ll divide everything based on what’s most equitable for both parties.

Child custody rulings are based on the child’s best interests

When family issues like divorce involve children, the situation is inevitably more complex. Arkansas judges always prioritize the best interests of the child when it comes to custody issues, child support arrangements, and any potential protective orders. If you’re worried that your child will get taken from you or that you’ll be unfairly penalized, then know that courts will not do so unless it’s in the best interest of the child.

The costs of divorce depend on you

Another thing you’ll likely want to know is how much a divorce will cost you. In a nutshell, the amount of money it will cost you depends on how well you and your soon-to-be former spouse can come to an agreement. If things are heated, complex, or terms are contests, then expect the costs to go up. If you two can agree on specific terms, though, then you can have your divorce arrangement approved by a judge without spending too much.

Are you seeking a divorce?

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, then there’s little doubt that you’re currently attempting to reconstruct your future one question at a time. Knowing the answers to some of these most frequently asked questions can help you make better, more informed decisions moving forward.