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Divorce Lawyer in Batesville

Serving Clients Across Arkansas

Divorce can be a trying and stressful experience, which is why our legal team is here to offer the guidance that you need to secure a fair case result. When it comes to divorcing your spouse, you need an experienced and skilled attorney on your side, especially if your case involves child custody or domestic violence. A Batesville divorce lawyer can help you manage the details of your divorce and make sure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the entire legal process.

Grounds for Divorce

Under Arkansas law, a couple may file for a divorce based on the following reasons:

  1. Impotence;
  2. Being convicted of a felony;
  3. Alcohol abuse for one (1) year;
  4. Adultery;
  5. Separation for eighteen (18) continuous months without cohabitation;
  6. Incurable insanity; and
  7. Willful failure fulfill their legal obligation to support the other spouse, despite having the ability to do so.

Property Division

Arkansas is an “equitable distribution state.” Therefore, the law presumes that marital property will be equally divided between the parties, unless either of them can justify deviating from an equal division.

In determining how to divide marital property, the court will consider the following factors:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The parties’ respective age, health, and “station in life”
  • The parties’ occupations;
  • Any amount and sources of income;
  • The parties’ vocational skills;
  • The parties’ Employability;
  • The assets and liabilities of each party;
  • Any parties’ contribution to the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation of marital property.


Alimony. Under Arkansas law, a court may issue an order for one spouse to pay to the other alimony, also known as “spousal support.” An award of alimony is proper if the party receiving support payments can demonstrate a present need for financial support and the other party’s ability to pay support. Although alimony may be paid as a single lump sum, structuring alimony into periodic installments will qualify it for the alimony tax deduction.

Factors that can determine the appropriateness and amount of alimony payments include:

  • The parties’ respective financial conditions;
  • The marital standard of life to which the parties have grown accustomed; and
  • The parties’ character as it relates to the reason for separating.

Speak to a Batesville Divorce Attorney Today

At Burgess Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping clients resolve their divorce disputes so that they can move on to the next phase of their lives. Our experienced legal professionals have backgrounds in family law and are here to walk you through your case and answer all of your questions. Let us use our skills and extensive resources to secure a fair outcome for you.

Call (870) 293-6004 today to request your free consultation with a Batesville divorce lawyer.

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