Grounds for Divorce
In the Petition for divorce, the plaintiff should provide one of the grounds for dissolution, which are established by state law.
Arkansas recognizes both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. The fault grounds imply that some spousal misconduct caused the intention to divorce, and the plaintiff blames the other party for the breakdown of the marriage. Therefore, all fault grounds must be proved before the court.
The fault grounds in Arkansas include adultery, impotence, incarceration, habitual drunkenness for one year, cruel treatment, and humiliation, which makes life unbearable.
The only no-fault ground for divorce in Arkansas is living separate and apart for 18 months before filing for divorce. It's considered that no one is to blame if the parties decide to file for a divorce under this ground.
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