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4 huge divorce questions

The most common question people ask about divorce is what the cost is going to be. While this is a logical question, every case is different, so there's no standard answer. Below are four other common questions that are a bit easier to answer outright—though there are still differences from case to case. Be sure you understand the answers to these and any other legal questions you have in Arkansas.

1. How long should the divorce process take?

This depends how much has to be worked out in court. At best, a divorce will take around two months. However, some divorces last for more than 12 months.

2. Do you have to hire an attorney?

Technically, you don't. You can represent yourself with the proper forms. However, this is a huge risk. Most people know nothing about divorce law and, for the sake of saving a small amount in fees, end up losing everything in the split.

3. Are you obligated to go to court?

Again, you technically don't have to do anything. If your spouse files for divorce you can just ignore it, and it'll eventually go through without you. You can also make some agreements outside of court. However, as with the above, this is a big risk and you could lose a lot in terms of finances, assets, rights to see your children, and more.

4. Is that time and money wasted if you and your ex make up and get back together?

Yes, any money lost in legal fees and filing costs would be wasted if you got remarried. However, this isn't very common. One lawyer said she'd seen it in just two out of 600 divorce cases.

Source: Huffington Post, "Top Five Questions Asked About Divorce," Natalie Gregg, accessed Dec. 22, 2015

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