Joint Custody Attorney Arkansas

Little Rock family law attorney dedicated to helping in custody issues

There are two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody consists of parental time sharing, where each parent physically has the child(ren) for a specified amount of time. Legal custody involves day to day decision making, such as doctors, schools, and shelter.

The purpose of child custody agreements or orders is to outline parental time sharing as well as legal custody, which involves day to day decision making authority. Such agreements or orders should focus on the best interest of the child(ren).

Regardless if parents have been married or not, if children are involved and one or more of the parents reside in Arkansas with the child(ren), the court will need to determine a child custody arrangement that suits the family’s needs. This may occur after paternity is established; when the parents are unmarried; or during the legal separation or divorce proceedings. Arkansas has a presumption of joint custody, which means the Courts prefer to award joint custody, although there are occasionally exceptions to this standard.

Destiny Law Firm, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is skilled at handling child custody matters and many other types of family law and divorce concerns. If you have questions about child custody or wish to modify an agreement, our attorneys can help.

Joint Custody in Arkansas

Custody may be granted to one parent (sole custody) or both (joint custody). Many factors may be at play when custody is being determined, but the child or children’s best interests are a factor. Other factors may include:

  • The wishes of the child(ren)
  • The wishes of the parents
  • Parents ability to communicate with each other
  • Physical and mental health of both parents (including past domestic violence issues)
  • History of drug use or addiction
  • Location or residence of each parent

Joint custody can be a beneficial arrangement when the parents can work together to determine what is best for the child. Decisions may include the type of education they receive, whether or not they attend church or other religious education, and factors relating to visitation during holidays and summer breaks.

Many of these factors are part of what is included in the final custody order, and parents may look to their attorneys to provide guidance leading up to the final order.

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Why the Courts Favor Joint Custody

Barring abuse, neglect, or abandonment issues, joint custody is favored in Arkansas Courts because it allows for the child(ren) to have stability while sharing an equal amount of time with both parents. Joint custody also allows the parents to come to decisions together rather than having one parent potentially feel left out of a key decision-making role in their child(ren)’s life. Joint custody works best when both parents can engage in open communication regarding issues surrounding the child(ren)’s well-being.

While obligations for care of the child and child related expenses are expected to be shared equally by the parents, joint custody can also impact and sometime negate the requirement for child support.

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How a Family Law Attorney Can Help in Custody Matters

Every family situation is different, and so having an attorney by your side to clearly explain the law can be useful when discussing custody matters. There may be many emotions regarding custody because parents may be anxious that their voice will not be heard.Your attorney will work with you to make sure your wishes are heard. If you and the other parent cannot agree on something, your attorney and theirs will arrange for some kind of mediation to assist in solving these family law matters.

Contact a Little Rock Child Custody Attorney

Contact Destiny Law Firm today to discuss your concerns regarding joint legal custody. We provide knowledgeable representation for clients throughout Arkansas.


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