Spousal support (alimony) can be one of the most complex and potentially contentious aspects of a divorce. An experienced divorce lawyer can advise you of your rights, help you anticipate how a Court will analyze a spousal support claim, and ensure that your rights are protected.
If you need to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer, we encourage you to contact Clark, Byarlay & Sparks. We represent clients in Little Rock and the surrounding areas in divorce and family law matters. We have extensive experience in divorce cases in which a client is seeking or opposing a spousal support award.
Spousal Support in Arkansas
An Arkansas Court may award spousal support to either spouse. The Court will review a number of factors including the length of the marriage, earning capacity of each spouse and the needs of each spouse.
While there is no bright-line test for determining when support will be awarded, the Court will closely examine the need of the spouse seeking support and the ability of the other spouse to pay support. The Court has wide discretion to grant or deny support, and to fashion a support order in an amount and for a duration it determines appropriate. To avoid the uncertainty of trial, spouses may reach an agreement on spousal support claims as part of a Marital Settlement Agreement.
Protect Your Rights
If you are getting divorced, contact an experienced divorce attorney at Clark, Byarlay & Sparks. With more than 80 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys can ensure that your rights are protected.
If spousal support is disputed in your case, we can negotiate on your behalf directly with your spouse’s attorney or your spouse directly if he or she does not have legal counsel. We can attempt to negotiate a fair Marital Settlement Agreement that resolves the issue of spousal support and all other issues present in your divorce.
If negotiation is not effective, we can attempt to effectively resolve any disputes through mediation. If your case is not resolved by agreement, we will vigorously defend your rights at trial. Our divorce attorneys prepare meticulously for the possibility of trial in each case and offer extensive trial experience.