In Forma Pauperis
In Forma Pauperis (also known as a fee waiver) is used when you cannot afford to pay the court filing fee and costs for filing a court form. Before you file your court forms, you can request a fee waiver from the court. The court may consider the current federal poverty guidelines and will look at your ability to pay the filing fee based on what you own and how much money you make.
If the court grants your fee waiver, then you can file your court forms without paying filing fees and other fees charged by the clerk.
Currently, there is a $165 filing fee in some counties in Arkansas. Other counties may charge more. You can ask the clerk what the filing fee is in that county.
This section contains links that offer information about filing fee and asking for a fee waiver in Arkansas. There are pdf fact sheets, interactive forms, and more below.
FACT SHEETS & LEGAL INFORMATION
- Fact Sheet - In Forma Pauperis and Sample Forms (PDF 476.77 kb)
- Fact Sheet Spanish - En Forma Pauperis (Beneficio de Pobreza)
- Form - In Forma Pauperis Affidavit (PDF 23.56 kb)
- Form - In Forma Pauperis Petition (PDF 23.56 kb)
- Form - In Forma Pauperis Order (PDF 12.77 kb)
FORMS & COURT INFORMATION
- Form - Confidential Information Sheet (Court Cover Sheets)
- Form - Confidential Information Sheet (Instructions) (Court Cover Sheets)
- Automated Form - In Forma Pauperis Packet (Petition/Order/Affidavit and Instructions)
OTHER RESOURCES (Other Websites)
- Arkansas Circuit Court Domestic Relations - Information and Forms
- ARKANSAS LAW - Arkansas Code - Unannotated (LexisNexis)
- Supreme Court of Arkansas, IN RE Rules of Civil Procedure 3 & 7 (2/23/2012)
These fact sheets are Adobe Acrobat PDF files. You may need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
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