Joint custody is now the default arrangement in Arkansas. However, at the heart of every child custody determination is the best interests of the child. The court will consider a variety of factors when making a child custody determination, including:
There are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing, such as educational and religious decisions. Physical custody refers to where the child will reside. In some cases, the court will award joint legal custody, meaning that both parents have equal decision-making authority. In other cases, one parent may be awarded sole legal custody. Physical custody can be awarded to one parent, known as sole physical custody, or it can be split between both parents, known as joint physical custody.
The court will make a child custody determination based on what it believes is in the best interests of the child, taking into account all of the relevant factors. If you are facing a child custody dispute, it is important to consult with a qualified family law attorney to understand your rights and the options available to you.
In Arkansas, child support is determined based on the Arkansas Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines take into account the income of both parents and the number of children for whom support is being ordered.
The following factors are considered in determining the amount of child support:
The guidelines provide a formula for calculating the basic child support obligation, which is then divided between the parents based on their relative income levels. The court may deviate from the guidelines if there are exceptional circumstances that make the guideline amount unjust or inappropriate.
It is important to note that the court has the final say in determining the amount of child support, and that the guidelines are only meant to provide guidance in the calculation of child support. A divorce lawyer can help advise you on the child support guidelines and assist you in negotiating an agreement with your spouse or in arguing for a deviation from the guidelines in court.
We understand that going through a contested divorce can be a difficult and emotional time, and we are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need. Lucas Law Firm will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected, and that your goals for custody of your children are met, and that your property and finances are fairly divided.
Whether you are seeking to establish child support, modify an existing order, or enforce a child support obligation, we will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that your children receive the support they need.
Don't let the division of property become a source of stress and uncertainty during your divorce. We know that the division of property and assets can be a major concern in a divorce, and we are here to ensure that your property, finances, and investments are fairly divided, and that your rights are protected.
We handle complex spousal support cases and are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.
If you are going through a child custody dispute, it is often helpful to have the guidance and representation of an experienced attorney. A child custody lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and obligations, negotiate with the other party on your behalf, and represent you in court if necessary.
There are times when spouses get divorced and see eye-to-eye on everything. You agree about how property should be divided and how custody of the kids should be arranged. When this happens, its called an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce tends to cost a lot less and can be finalized a lot quicker than a contested dispute.
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