This is the final post in a series of articles discussing the rights of fathers in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our previous post discussed what fathers can expect should their child custody case proceed to trial. Custody matters can be amongst the most contentious issues in family law. It is imperative, therefore, to retain an attorney with experience in such matters to assist you through the process. It has been our goal throughout this series to provide Arkansas dads with information about their parental rights and to assist them in understanding how best to protect their legal interests. If you need assistance with a custody dispute, contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
This series focused on 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
Arkansas fathers, whether married or unmarried, should understand these subjects for several reasons. First, many fathers are hesitant to enforce their parental rights because they believe that the Courts will give preference to the child’s mother. Arkansas law, however, does not give mothers preferential treatment by default. Second, a father who has not established paternity of a child will not be recognized by the Court as having parental rights. Third, the Court will often impose a temporary custody order early in the legal process, pending a formal hearing, settlement, or trial. Fourth, as with other legal proceedings, the Court’s decision regarding custody will be based on objective evidence presented by the parties. Attorneys for both sides will gather such evidence in advance of a trial through the discovery process. Finally, because some cases cannot be resolved without a trial, it is important to know what to expect in Court if litigation becomes necessary.
Our office understands that child custody issues can be emotional for all parties involved. We take pride in giving each case the attention and respect our clients deserve. 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.