Establishing Sole Or Joint Child Custody In Arkansas
If you or your spouse has initiated divorce proceedings and child custody is an issue, it is critical that you retain an experienced and dedicated family law attorney who is committed to protecting your parental rights. You can find the strong advocate you require at Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates.
Our attorneys understand the vital importance of maintaining a strong and active relationship with your child after a divorce. We also understand the impact that protracted custody battles may have on children. We work diligently to find creative and proactive solutions to child custody disputes when possible, but we are also prepared to aggressively protect our clients’ parental rights in the courtroom. We fight for moms and dads.
Arkansas child custody laws changed in 2021. There is now a rebuttable presumption that joint custody is the best option for the child. Contact us to find out how this change may impact your family.
While Arkansas law does not favor one gender over another in child custody matters, it does grant courts the power to consider the roles of each parent, including breadwinners and stay-at-home moms or dads. Having a skilled advocate on your side who understands the vital role you have played in your child’s development and who is prepared to make a convincing argument on your behalf can make a significant difference in your case.
Arkansas Child Custody Laws Explained
There are two types of custody — legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the authority of parents to make vital decisions for the care and well-being of their children. Unless one parent is abusive or unfit, courts are often inclined, in recent years, to award joint legal custody to the parties.
Physical custody refers to the right of a parent to have a child in his or her home and care. The higher courts in Arkansas generally favor custodial designations in which one parent has primary physical custody and the other spouse has visitation time with the minor children. Despite precedent from the higher courts, there are factors that may warrant joint physical custody, and we are willing to pursue sole or joint physical custody for mothers and fathers when it is in their interests to do so.
Regardless of the physical custody designation, we fight on behalf of our clients to enable them to have the vital time they need to facilitate the strong and active parent-child relationship they deserve.
Contact A Local Attorney Today To Get Started
With office locations in Little Rock, Conway, Benton and Heber Springs, we serve clients throughout Arkansas. To schedule a consultation with a Little Rock child custody attorney at our firm, call 501-588-4451 or contact us at 866-311-3815. You may also contact us by email.