One divorce is centrally marked by a single home where the kids permanently reside, with mom and dad -- who each have their own apartment -- taking turns on alternate weeks living together with the children.
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Sure, there was a time when divorce-linked custody outcomes in Arkansas and across the country had a distinct cookie-cutter look about them. Moms got so-called primary physical custody almost all of the time, with dads popping in at slated intervals -- often every other weekend or so, with a designated week night sandwiched in -- to spend a day or two with the kids.
In many -- in fact, most -- divorce matters in Arkansas and nationally, the parties at the center of dissolution-related issues are the so-called "nuclear" components, that is, mom, dad and the kids.
We make this central point about Arkansas family law courts on a relevant page of our website at the Little Rock law firm of Robertson, Oswalt & Associates, namely, that judges "make child custody decisions based upon the 'best interests of the child.'"
A divided state Supreme Court has ruled that birth certificates issued in Arkansas must list the names of both biological parents, even if the child is then adopted by a same-sex couple.
Some lessons we learn from an early age. Don't cross the street without looking both ways for cars. Avoid hot stoves. Don't talk to strangers. That last one is usually modified somewhat if you happen to be with a parent and they say it's OK.
On its face, child custody questions in Arkansas might seem simple to answer. The rule that is supposed to guide all decisions by the courts is what is deemed to be in the best interest of the child. However, what constitutes best interests is subject to interpretation and that can create challenges over child custody for parents who may have competing ideas.
What is in the best interest of the child; that is the standard by which family law courts in Arkansas and other states are supposed to make decisions when child custody and visitation disputes are in play.
Wading through the language of the law can be a source of considerable confusion. It doesn't matter what state you live in – Arkansas or some other. Sometimes, terms that address the same subject can be misunderstood as meaning the same thing when they don't. When that happens, frustration can follow.
If you look up the word "parent" in Webster's New World College Dictionary, you will find definition one listed as a mother or father. Definition two puts the word in the context of ancestry. It is only at definition three that the word is addressed more generally as the relationship between any animal (or plant) and its offspring.