Fayetteville Divorce Attorney
Divorce is one of the most difficult life events that a person can endure. If you are ending your marriage, you are likely facing a range of emotions and are concerned about your children and your future. However, even though divorce is challenging, the right attorney can help make it a lot less stressful.
At Gramling Estes Law Firm, our goal is to help clients weather the storm of the divorce process with compassion and aggressive legal advocacy. We understand what is at stake and are fully committed to helping you achieve your legal goals. Our award-winning lawyers are highly respected in the community and are known for our ability to secure efficient and favorable results — in most cases without the need for a trial.
Understanding Divorce In Arkansas
Generally speaking, for a divorce to be granted in Arkansas, “grounds,” or a reason for the divorce, must be proven or the parties will need to have gone through an 18-month separation. If there has been no 18-month separation, one of the spouses will need to show fault on the other party. Although Arkansas does require proof of “grounds,” so long as the divorce is uncontested, proof of those “grounds” can be very minimal. A divorce where “grounds” must exist can potentially be granted 30 days from the date of filing of the complaint. In Arkansas, merely not getting along is not a “ground.” This is not a state that allows a divorce to be granted on “irreconcilable differences.” The legislature has identified specific reasons a divorce can be granted in Arkansas, and if you merely no longer love your spouse, that is not sufficient. However, if one party has treated the other with rudeness, verbal abuse or contempt, it is possible those acts might suffice as “grounds.” Our office will be happy to visit with you about the reason for your divorce and advise you concerning your rights. We will also not only talk to you about the “law,” but the reality and steps that are generally taken in a divorce action. We can talk to you about property division, alimony, child custody, child support, and all issues that generally arise at a divorce.
Understanding Legal Separation In Arkansas
Some couples find that a legal separation is a better option for their circumstances than a divorce. Many do not have the financial resources for a divorce. Others do not want an official divorce for religious reasons. And some cannot prove the fault needed to legally end the marriage. In these cases, our lawyers will advise on the legal separation process.
If divorce is not an option, the court may still decide issues of child support, child custody and spousal support when these issues arise by the reason of “separation.” At separation, the court will generally not award ownership of property to one or the other but might deal with issues of use and possession of marital property.
Regardless of the issues you face in your separation matter, it is important to work through them with an experienced family law attorney. You still need to make educated decisions about your legal rights and issues that will affect your future.
Contact Our Law Firm To Learn More About Divorce And Separation
We invite you to contact our law firm to discuss your situation. Our Fayetteville divorce lawyers are happy to offer you a free consultation to help you decide if we are the right law firm for you.