We recently surveyed our Arkansas readers to find out about their experiences with divorce in their state. Here’s what we found out.
How Much Does Divorce Cost in Arkansas?
According to our survey, the average divorce in Arkansas costs $11,100, including $8,800 in attorneys' fees. Attorneys' fees are a significant chunk of the cost of divorce because the average hourly rate for attorneys in Arkansas is $210. Your attorney's hourly rate—plus the rate of any paralegals and other firm staff—factored with the total time spent on your divorce case will determine the amount of attorney’s fees you'll pay. Other expenses include fees for things like court filings, the cost of copying and sharing documents, and compensation for expert witnesses and consultants (like child custody evaluators, appraisers, or financial analysts).
What Can Increase the Cost of Divorce in Arkansas?
Spouses who have minor children or a high-net worth have higher divorce costs than the state average. In addition, if you file for a divorce in Arkansas based on fault, such as adultery or habitual alcohol abuse, the cost of your divorce is likely to be higher than the average.
Having Minor Children
The most expensive category of divorce in Arkansas is one involving children. The cost of a divorce that involves child custody and/or child support issues can be about 50% more expensive than the average. According to our survey results, divorce costs an average of $16,700 in Arkansas when minor children are involved, including $14,100 in attorneys' fees. However, costs for divorce with children are significantly lower for spouses who are able to reach a settlement before trial than those who go to divorce court to let a judge resolve their disputes.
Having a Dispute Over Alimony
Whether or not minor children are involved, divorces in Arkansas that involve a dispute over alimony also cost more than the average. In alimony disputes, spouses often disagree on how much the working spouse actually makes or how much the non-working spouse should be able to earn. According to our survey results, divorce involving alimony disputes costs an average of $15,400 in Arkansas, including $12,800 in attorneys' fees.
Getting to a settlement or preparing for trial in these situations can be expensive because of the costs of hiring and reviewing the opinions of financial experts and vocational analysts. And of course, the more alimony a spouse requests, the more the other spouse will fight it, and the more expensive it becomes.
Having Property Division Issues
Divorces in Arkansas where property needs to be divided cost more than the average, especially for high-net worth couples and couples who have to go to trial on their issues rather than settle them out of court.
According to our survey results, divorce with property division issues cost $15,700 in Arkansas, including $12,800 in attorneys' fees.
Spouses with numerous cars, properties, and brokerage, retirement, and savings accounts will spend more on divorce because of the financial analyses needed from attorneys, appraisers, and tax experts.
Helpful Links About Arkansas Divorce
There's more to know about divorce in Arkansas; you may find the following websites useful.
Divorce in Arkansas (from Divorcenet.com)
Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement
Arkansas Child Support Charts