Sole Custody Attorney Arkansas

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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).

While the Arkansas courts favor joint custody arrangements the majority of the time, there may be instances where sole custody is awarded. However, that does not mean the other parent is completely absent from the child(ren)’s life, except for extreme circumstances.

If you have questions about child custody or other family law matters, Destiny Law Firm can help. Destiny McHughes has helped families with a wide variety of divorce and family law issues over the years and understands the tough decisions you face.

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When Do Arkansas Courts Grant Sole Custody?

The use of sole custody is limited in Arkansas. Generally, the courts favor parents having a joint custody arrangement so that each has equal time sharing with the child(ren) and addresses the issue of the important decision-making process for the child(ren). However, there are some instances where sole custody may be a more viable option such as:

  • One parent is not available or willing to participate in custody of the child(ren)
  • One parent is unsuitable to be involved in a custody agreement (such as if they are incarcerated)
  • A history of violence, abuse, or neglect of the children on behalf of one parent
  • History of drug abuse on behalf of one parent
  • Engagement in criminal behavior on behalf of one parent
  • Refusal of one parent to foster a relationship with the other parent
  • Location or residence of each parent

Because the courts do favor the involvement of both parents, matters that might impact the safety and well-being of the child(ren) are taken extremely seriously and help the Court weigh the options with regard to parental involvement.

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Child Custody and Visitation

In any custody arrangement, visitation is still a priority for the child(ren)’s well-being. Visitation rights still allow the child(ren) to be in contact with the non-custodial parent and provides specific dates and times for the non-custodial parents time sharing.

Parental time sharing through visitation is designed to allow the child(ren) to have a relationship with both parents even though one parent is the primarily custodian.
In some instances, child custody may be revoked but can be granted again later; however, visitation is often still allowed. The process involving custody revocation and reinstatement can be complex, so it is best to consult with a family law attorney to determine next steps in your situation.

How an Attorney Can Help with Sole Custody Questions

The process relating to child custody, regardless of the parents’ marital status, can be complex and require the knowledge of an experienced family law attorney to navigate the court system. Although you may be able to file some of the legal documents on your own regarding custody, doing so without the consultation of an attorney could result in costly errors that are difficult to modify.

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If you have questions or need assistance with child custody matters in Arkansas, contact Destiny Law Firm today.


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