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Arkansas Divorce Summons Form

When a Petitioner files for a divorce, the Defendant will immediately receive a court summons. If the Defendant wants the court to hear his/her side, then, this form must be filed with the clerk’s office within 20 days following the receipt of the court summons.


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In the ___________ Court for ____________ County, State of _____________
In re: ________________________________ ) Case No:
Petitioner )
vs. ) Division:
________________________________ )
Respondent )
A lawsuit has been filed against you.  You have 20 calendar days after this summons is
served on you to file a written response to the attached complaint/petition with the clerk of this
circuit court.  A phone call will not protect you.  Your written response, including the case num-
ber given above and the names of the parties, must be filed if you want the court to hear your side
of the case.  If you do not file your written response on time, you may lose the case, and your
wages, money, and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court.
There are other legal requirements.  You may want to call an attorney right away.  If you do not
know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid office (listed in the phone
If you choose to file a written response yourself, at the same time you file your written
response to the court you must also mail or take a copy of your written response to the person
named below.
WARNING: The State of ___________________ requires that you provide to the other
party in this lawsuit access to or copies of certain documents and information. Failure to do this
can result in the court taking action against you, including dismissal (throwing out your case) or
striking of pleadings (throwing out part of your case).

Mailing Address
City/State/Zip Code
THE STATE OF ___________________
TO EACH SHERIFF OF THE STATE: You are commanded to serve this summons and a copy
of the complaint in this lawsuit on the above-named defendant.
DATED: _________________________
As Clerk of the Court
By: ______________________________
Deputy Clerk
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