This is the first post in a series of articles in which we will discuss how to gain custody of a child in Little Rock, Arkansas. Few topics are more emotional and stressful than determining custody. These disputes are often driven by a parents’ concern for their children’s health, safety, and wellbeing. Often co-parents do not see eye-to-eye regarding what is best for their children, which can lead to high-tension and heated battles. If parents are unable to reach agreements on their own, a Judge will decide the matter on their behalf in a formal legal proceeding. It is important to understand how Arkansas’ laws may impact the Judge’s decision. An experienced attorney can review your case and help you understand your rights. If you are exploring your child custody options, contact our office to speak with a lawyer today.
This series will address the following key topics:
- An overview of how Arkansas handles child custody cases
- How the court determines what is in the best interest of the child
- When the court may be willing to grant primary or even full custody
- Dealing with emergency child situations
- The importance of retaining an attorney to handle a child custody case
We believe it is important to discuss these subjects for many reasons. Child custody matters vary in each state, so it is important to know how Arkansas deals with custody disputes. The Arkansas court will always determine custody based on what it believes is in the best interest of the child. It will not be concerned with what is in the best interest of the parents. Child custody is a sensitive topic, and although joint custody is preferable, the court will look at many factors to decide whether or not joint custody is in the child’s best interest. It is important to not become impatient with the process and take matters into your own hands to avoid legal consequences. For example, if a person who is unaware of Arkansas law attempts to take the child for more time than they agreed upon, this could have an adverse effect on their case. It may mean losing precious time with your child or losing custody altogether. It is very important to understand how to navigate this legal process so you can put yourself in the best position for a positive outcome. For those reasons and more, we believe that this is a very important topic to discuss.
If you need assistance, contact our office to speak to a Little Rock custody lawyer today. Our attorneys are experienced in family law issues and can help you understand your legal rights. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the remainder of Arkansas.