This is the first post in what will be a series meant to help parents better understand Arkansas child custody laws. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that domestic relations law can be complex and it is understandable that parents are concerned about their rights. The goal of my upcoming articles is to provide information which helps parents to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Little Rock lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will analyze include:
- How a child’s best interests are what determines a custody arrangement
- The requirement of “changed circumstances” for a modification of custody in our state
- Whether unmarried parents can move their children out of state
- The process of relocating a child out of Arkansas
- The need for unmarried parents to have a custody order
I have decided to address these topics for a number of reasons. First, a Judge’s determination of custody is not based on what is best for the parents. Instead, the Court’s sole focus will be on determining what is in the child’s best interests. Understanding the factors which the Court will be considering is vital. Second, a parent cannot change custody simply because they want to. Instead, they must demonstrate that circumstances have changed since the last custodial order. Third, the question of unwed parents moving a child out of state is commonly raised. Fourth, relocations are contentious and, like all states, Arkansas has requirements which must be followed. Finally, many unmarried parents think that they do not need a custody order if they are getting along with the other party. This can be a mistake for reasons that will be discussed.
If you or a loved one are in a family law dispute then contact my office today to speak with a Little Rock child custody lawyer. I understand the concern that parents have for their children and will make your case a priority. My office prides itself on providing quality service and we 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.