Parents who separate or divorce usually want to ensure that they are making the best decisions possible when it comes to the safety and well-being of their children. These days, most divorced parents pursue a joint custody arrangement, since this type of child custody arrangement allows both parents to remain involved in the lives of their children. Arkansas has two main types of joint custody arrangements.
Joint legal custody
Most of the time, joint legal custody will be granted by the courts. This gives both parents the right to be involved in major decisions regarding their children. These are usually decisions regarding things like health care, religious upbringing and education. The children ultimately benefit when both parents work together and cooperate to make these major decisions.
Joint physical custody
Joint physical custody means the children will be physically residing with both parents. In joint physical custody, both parents typically have close to equal time with their children. However, a joint physical custody arrangement does not always mean the children’s time will be split 50-50. Sometimes, frequently moving back and forth can be detrimental to the children. In some situations, the children will primarily live with one parent, referred to as the custodial parent, but still share time with the other one, designated the noncustodial parent.
Arkansas courts typically encourage joint custody arrangements. However, some situations may require sole custody. Parents who have questions or want to know more about child custody arrangements can get help by meeting with a legal professional. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide legal guidance to help a client work toward an arrangement that best fits the circumstances presented.