HELPING MOTHERS, FATHERS, & GRANDPARENTS TOO
There are nine grounds for divorce in the state of Arkansas, but there is only one no-fault ground: Separation, which is defined as having lived without cohabitation and separately from your spouse for a continuous period of at least eighteen months.
The eight fault-based grounds for divorce in the state of Arkansas are:
If one spouse is the primary earner, changing from a joint household income into two single households can be overwhelming on families. Arkansas judges recognize this and may award support in the form of either: temporary, permanent or rehabilitative alimony.
While there is gender requirement or no exact formula for figuring alimony in Arkansas, our Supreme Court has provided a presumption that 20% of a spouse's net income, along with child support, is an appropriate rehabilitative award for a dependent spouse who is also a custodial parent. (Ark. Code Ann. §9-12-212.)
In court actions, judges ensure that parents meet their financial obligation to support children by ordering child support. This means the noncustodial parent or in the case of join custody, the parent higher income, must make regular child support payments to the custodial/other parent . Arkansas law follows the "percentage of income" method for calculating child support payments. This statutory child support formula directly accounts for parents who share custody of children. Childcare costs and extraordinary medical costs are considered in this formula. These costs may be additions to the basic Arkansas child support order.
So, the "percentage of income" of the non-custodial parent is paid monthly to the custodial parent to cover basic child support expenses. The percentage paid may stay the same or change as non-custodial parent's income changes. In formulating child support, Arkansas law does account for shared custody of a child. So, in cases where custody is shared, the amount of child support paid by the paying parent will be reduced by having more time and custody of the child.