Arkansas Family Law

Quick Guide to Arkansas Family Laws 

Where can I find the majority of Arkansas Family Laws?

You’ll have to visit the annotated code under the outside program of LexisNexis® for a complete list of all Arkansas family laws under the state’s general assembly.  Once you begin searching for Arkansas family law, you’ll want to reference Title 9 Family which contains the majority of family law.  

In this article you’ll find general information about Arkansas family law about marriage requirements, divorce, adoption, child custody, and other commonly accessed areas of family law.  If you are referencing Arkansas family laws for legal help, you are highly advised to consult with a family law attorney before proceeding with any settlement process.  

Specific Arkansas Family Laws

Some general information about sections of Arkansas family law within Title 9 is listed below: 

Chapter 11 Marriage

This chapter provides prerequisites for a valid marriage, as well as who cannot marry in the state of Arkansas.  This chapter also contains information on Arkansas family laws for licenses and other contracts (Subchapter 2 specifically), as well as who is legally allowed to solemnize a marriage.  

Chapter 12 Divorce and Annulment

This chapter of Arkansas family law is one of the most frequently accessed chapters under Arkansas annotated code.  This chapter covers general grounds for divorce, property division, methods of payment for spousal support (alimony), and much more.  Other chapters that may supplement this chapter of Arkansas family law are Chapter 14 Spousal and Child Support and many more under Subtitle 2.

Chapter 9 Adoption

This chapter of Arkansas family law provides general provisions for adoption such as who may adopt a child, information about petitions, financial disclosures, investigative procedures from a child-placing agency, and much more. 

Subchapters 2 through 7 also discuss several very important Acts concerning adoption in relation to specific Arkansas family laws.  

Chapter 13 Child Custody and Visitation

This chapter of Arkansas family law provides detailed information about the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, the International Child Abduction Prevention Act, and much more valuable information.  For more information about child custody, talk with your family law attorney.  

How to Search Arkansas Family Law

Consider the follow search techniques while researching Arkansas family laws.  These search techniques will work for this website as well.   

1. Stemming- this technique includes adding suffixes onto your search, such as divorces, divorcing, divorced, or more

2. Wildcards- a wildcard allows you to search multiple words using an asterisk, and adopt* will usually bring you to adopted, adoption, adopting, adoptive, adoptable, and more. 

3. Missing variables- you can search for a missing variable with a question mark, and wom?n will bring results associated with woman, women, and more

4. Boolean Operators- you should always consider using and, or, and not to limit your searches as well 

Of course, searching for a specific term will limit your search and bring you closer to what you’re looking for, but if you’re having trouble finding a term, you can use the methods above.  

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