Divorce on the farm

Cari Rincker, study author

From animal issues to child support, divorces in farm and ranch families present unique challenges that can have a significant impact on agricultural operations. To address some of these unique challenges, the National Agricultural Law Center has published a fact sheet series discussing family law in agriculture.

“Family Law Issues in Agriculture” is a set of fact sheets that discuss legal issues for families going through divorce and separation including child support, spousal maintenance, equitable distribution and community property. The series also covers nuptial agreements, estate planning concerns and tools for alternative dispute resolution.

The fact sheet series was authored by Cari Rincker. Rincker is the principal attorney at Rincker Law, PLLC, a nationally recognized practice focusing on food, farm and family law. Rincker is a trained mediator and adjunct professor at Vermont Law School and the University of Illinois School of Law.

“Family law touches upon every socio-economic group and walk of life, including those involved in food and agriculture and multi-generational farm families,” Rincker said. “Every farm and ranch divorce is as diverse as each family itself but it can include complex legal issues that are unique to farmers and ranchers.”

The fact sheet series can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2QFesPQ.

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org.

The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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