Owings Law Firm
Little Rock phone 501-661-9999
Benton phone 501-303-4577
fax 501-661-8393

Little Rock Child Custody Lawyers

Child Custody, Visitation & Child Support

Things you should know

Legal custody means having the legal responsibility of caring for a child or children. In most cases in Arkansas, one parent is awarded legal custody of the children while the other parent is awarded visitation. In situations where joint custody is awarded, the parents share all or most of the decision-making authority about the welfare of the child or children. Arkansas courts usually do not order joint custody unless both parents agree to terms. Joint custody does not mean that the child or children must spend an equal or substantial amount of time in each parent's home. A joint custody order often states that one parent is the primary caregiver and that the other parent shall enjoy specific time for custody or visitation.

A divorce judgment or court order will customarily address custody and visitation issues. As noted above, either parent or both parents can be awarded custody and visitation in some way, shape or form. If the parents are able to reach an agreement between themselves on these issues, they can avoid a long, contentious and expensive court battle. If they can't agree the court will receive evidence from both sides and make custody and visitation decisions that are in the best interests of the child or children. When making decisions as to custody or visitation the court will consider many factors including:

  • Which parent has historically been the children’s primary caregiver, the length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
  • The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.
  • The ability and willingness of the parents to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs.
  • Domestic abuse and whether one parent has abused the other.
  • Whether one parent is more likely to help the other parent keep a close relationship with the children.
  • The physical and mental health of the parents.
  • The child's age, sex, and health.
  • The preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be old enough to express a preference.

At this Law Firm, under the supervision of lead attorney Tammy Gattis, we zealously represent mothers, fathers, grandparents and other interested parties in custody and visitation controversies without putting children in the middle of the dispute. We are committed to providing the most effective level of service to each of our valued clients in a caring and compassionate manner. In addition to the custody and visitation issues discussed above, we also handle related issues including:

  • Adoptions and stepparent adoptions
  • Annulment and legal separation
  • Child custody, legal custody, joint custody, and visitation modifications
  • Child support and child support modifications
  • Custody and visitation evaluations
  • Grandparent custody, visitation and grandparent’s rights cases
  • Interstate jurisdictional issues involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA).
  • Marital settlement agreements
  • Visitation, parenting plans, and co-parenting issues
  • Premarital and prenuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Divorce

To learn more about custody and visitation in Arkansas please contact us today. We represent families throughout Arkansas, with a primary focus on central Arkansas.

Arrange a Consultation

To discuss issues with a lawyer that involve your family, such as child custody, visitation, child support, divorce, spousal support or a prenuptial agreement, please call the Owings Law Firm in Little Rock 501-372-4462 or Benton 501-303-4577

1400 Brookwood Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202
404 W South St, Benton, AR 72015
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