This is the first post in a series that will discuss changing child custody in Little Rock, Arkansas. There are a variety of circumstances under which a parent may wish to amend an existing child custody arrangement. Whether related to relocation, inadequate care, or the wishes of the child, these cases can be emotional and are often hotly contested. The goal of this series is to provide information to help parents better understand how to proceed should the need to modify a custody order arise. Selecting an experienced child custody attorney to handle these matters on your behalf is imperative. My office understands that custody issues are of the utmost importance to the families involved. We are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a family lawyer.
I will address the following key topics throughout this series:
- Arkansas’ laws related to changing child custody
- The process of requesting a change in custody
- Conducting discovery in such matters
- Attending a custody modification trial
- Settling custody changes through mediation
These are important topics for several reasons. First, one cannot simply seek to change a custody arrangement because they are unhappy with the existing order. There are specific legal requirements that must be present before a court will modify a current arrangement. Second, changing a custody order through the court system can be complicated and lengthy. It is important to understand the steps in the process. Third, discovery, the process of gathering evidence from the other side and third parties, is a critical element of custody modification cases. All parties are required to present objective evidence in support of their arguments and such information is obtained through discovery. Next, should the matter proceed to trial, parents must understand what to expect during that process. Finally, for many families, it may be possible to resolve their custody disputes through mediation. Mediation can expedite a resolution and is often less expensive than litigation.
If you believe that changing a custody arrangement is in the best interest of your child, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. Delaying legal action in such matters may negatively impact an argument that such modification is justified. Contacting my office as soon as possible can help protect your legal rights. If you need assistance, schedule a consultation with our Little Rock family lawyer today. In addition to Little Rock, I also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.