This is the first post in a series of articles discussing the rights of fathers in Little Rock, Arkansas. When one’s relationship with their child’s mother breaks down, whether married or unmarried, many fathers are not aware of their rights with respect to child custody, visitation, or support. It is a common misconception that mothers are given preference by Courts in such matters. This is not the case in Arkansas. The goal of this series is to provide information to dads about their parental rights. Another goal is to help fathers select a child custody attorney to represent their unique interests in such matters. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series will address the following key topics:
- The rights of married and unmarried Arkansas fathers
- The importance of establishing paternity
- The process for establishing initial child custody
- The importance of conducting discovery in custody cases
- What to expect at a child custody trial
We felt it was important to write about this subject for several reasons. First, it is important to understand that Arkansas fathers are entitled to the same parental rights as Arkansas mothers. This is true whether a couple is married or unmarried. Second, if the paternity of the child is in question, it is imperative to establish that one is the father as soon as possible. Without proof of paternity, dads will not be recognized by the Court as having parental rights. Third, depending upon the specific situation, reaching a final custody arrangement through litigation may be a lengthy process. The Court will often grant an initial custody order quickly, establishing a temporary visitation schedule until the permanent order is finalized. Fourth, the process of gathering evidence through subpoenas, depositions, interrogatories, etc., is known as discovery. It is essential to build one’s case thoroughly during this crucial phase in the proceeding. Finally, should the custody matter proceed to trial, fathers should know what to expect in the process.
If you are facing a custody dispute, it is imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to take necessary action to establish your parental rights may be detrimental to your case in the long run. Our Little Rock lawyers are experienced in family law and fathers’ rights cases and are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.