Have you made the decision it’s time to end your marriage? If so, you will likely file for divorce.
This is the first step in what is often a lengthy process that can be delayed by several factors. On top of that, Arkansas has one of the longest divorce processing periods in the U.S., where it can take up to 540 days.
There are other factors that can lengthen the divorce process, too.
If you have children, they must be accounted for in the divorce proceedings. Parenting schedules must be established and child support. If you and your spouse can’t agree on these things, it’s left to the court.
High or complex assets
Another factor that impacts how long a divorce takes to finalize is your assets. The more assets you have, the longer the divorce proceedings can take. Estates and portfolios add a lot of issues to the divorce process, regarding how they are to be split and getting the parties to agree. This is one reason why high-net-worth divorces often take longer than others.
When a divorce is “contested,” that means you and your spouse cannot agree on some significant aspect of the split, whether that’s regarding the division of your assets, issues of support, child custody or the divorce itself. A contested divorce has to be litigated, which means moe delays.
Understanding your options and rights in an Arkansas divorce
When filing for divorce, knowing your legal options is smart. You should also take steps to try to get your spouse to agree on as many elements of the divorce as possible. This is going to help reduce the amount of time it takes to have your divorce finalized.