Child Custody is the Most Important Thing We Do.

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Nothing is more important than children!  We never lose sight of the fact that the decisions we make impact the lives of your children for many years.  We work hard to make sure that the outcome we achieve is the best one for the kids.

If you are involved in a custody dispute, YOU NEED HELP NOW! 

Call us at (501) 291-0946 so that we can help you get started down the right path.

Best Interest of the Child.

In Arkansas, Courts make custody decisions based upon the best interest of the child.  That means a Judge will look at each parent's circumstances, the relationship they have with their kids, and their ability to provide a safe, nurturing environment.  The Judge then has to make a decision as to which parent better meets the children's needs.

Mom Always Gets Custody, Right?

Wrong!  In Arkansas, Courts are not allowed to consider the sex of the parent in deciding who should have custody.  Children need both parents to be a part of their life, and Dads are as capable of raising their children as Moms are.  The parent who can demonstrate that he or she can offer the best environment, physically, emotionally, and financially, has the advantage in a child custody case.

Please note that an unwed mother is automatically the custodian of a child born out of wedlock.  However, a Court will treat both parties equally if a father files a petition for custody, even if the parties are not married.

What About Joint Custody?

Joint custody is not favored in Arkansas Courts.  Some Judges will approve a joint custody agreement if the parties can demonstrate that it is in the best interest of the child, and that they can get along well enough to share the responsibility. 

Will I Only See My Kids Every Other Weekend?

While many parents follow a "standard" visitation schedule, Courts have latitude to craft a visitation schedule that is in the best interest of the children.  If you are the non-custodial parent, and you want more visitation, that can usually be achieved.  Courts expect the parties to cooperate on visitation.  The willingness of one party to foster a positive parental relationship with the other is a factor considered in deciding who to award custody to.

How Much Will My Child Support Be?

Arkansas child support is governed by Administrative Order 10.  This Order sets out how income is calculated, and the amount of child support due based upon income, number of children, and other factors.  All Courts use the Child Support Charts to set child support.  However, there are factors which may result in a deviation from the charts.  We do our best to make sure that the child support ordered is fair and appropriate to the circumstances of the parties.

I Just Moved Here.  Does That Matter?

If you have recently moved to Arkansas, another state may have the right to decide custody.  The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act is a federal law that governs what state has jurisdiction of children.  Call our office for more information.      (501) 291-0946