The end of a marriage is often devastating. This is especially true when the spouses are not able to resolve their differences amicably. Conflict with your soon to be ex can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and a desire to get the matter over with as quickly as possible. It is important to remember, however, that how you resolve the matter will have serious consequences when it comes to your long-term future. These consequences can impact your finances, the relationship you enjoy with your children, and more. It is important that you retain an attorney who will protect your interests. Our Little Rock divorce lawyers handle contested cases throughout Arkansas and they pride themselves on providing the highest level of service. We are ready to assist you. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Little Rock divorce attorneys providing aggressive representation in contested matters
Arkansas is different from many other jurisdictions in that one must show “fault” in order to be granted a divorce. Reasons for which the Circuit Court will dissolve a marriage include, but are not limited to:
- The parties having lived apart for at least eighteen months
- Habitual drunkenness by a spouse
- When the marriage has been made “intolerable” by the indignities of one spouse
An action may be filed as long as either party has been a resident of the state for at least sixty days. The case will be heard in the county where the parties reside.
The first step in the process is to file a Complaint for Divorce with the Circuit Court. An initial hearing will typically be held, shortly after the Complaint is filed, at which the Court will enter a temporary ruling regarding issues such as spousal support, child custody, child support, and more. This order will give the parties a sense of structure while the case proceeds. Each side will then use discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other party) to gain evidence for use at trial. Such evidence can include financial records, employment files, phone records, and more. If the matter does not settle then the case will proceed to a trial. The matter will be heard and decided by a Judge as there are no juries in Family Court. Handling such a case from beginning to end can involve multiple complicated issues. It is important that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.
Our Little Rock divorce attorneys handle contested cases throughout Arkansas. We will use your initial consultation to help you understand what to expect from the process and to give you a realistic assessment of the situation. We will quickly file your Complaint and any necessary Motions with the Court. We will argue for your interests at the initial hearing so that you begin the case in the best position possible. Our discovery efforts will focus on income and financial information that is relevant to spousal support and the division of any marital property. If children are involved then we will also focus on obtaining evidence which relates to your spouse’s fitness to parent. Our firm has decades of combined experience and we are comfortable taking cases to trial. Most importantly, we will ensure that your rights are protected from beginning to end. Contact us today.
Divorce lawyers providing quality service to those in Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas
Our attorneys understand that this is a stressful time in your life. It is important that your concerns be addressed and that you be able to reach your attorney. This is why our divorce lawyers make client communication a priority. They often provide clients with their cell phone numbers, they make sure you are copied on pleadings and correspondence, and, most importantly, they make themselves available to answer your questions. We are honored to serve the community and this high level of service is our promise in every case we handle.
In addition to Little Rock, we also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of Arkansas.