In a previous post, we started discussing how those looking to end their marriage here in Arkansas have several options at their disposal, including uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, collaborative divorce and, of course, divorce litigation.
We also discussed how Arkansas also offers something of a unique divorce option called covenant divorce that is only available to those who enter covenant marriages, meaning that they essentially elected to undergo premarital counseling and make it more difficult to split up in the future.
What requirements must a person in a covenant marriage satisfy in order to secure a covenant divorce under state law?
In order to secure a covenant divorce in Arkansas, a party must have lived here for at least 60 days prior to filing and must have attended marital counseling. In addition, the party must state grounds for the divorce and these grounds must have occurred sometime within the previous five years.
What exactly are grounds for divorce?
The grounds needed to qualify for a covenant divorce are decidedly more stringent than those needed for a standard divorce. Some of them include a spouse committing a felony/serious crime, adultery and child abuse.
Other grounds include the spouse living somewhere else for at least two years, or two years and six months if the couple has a child.
Does evidence need to be submitted regarding these grounds or any of the other divorce requirements?
If the other spouse objects to the divorce, then proof will need to be submitted for each of the aforementioned requirements. This may be accomplished via a written affidavit or witness testimony.
Please remember to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible if you would like to learn more about the divorce process, or divorce-related matters like child custody or child support.