Creating Child Custody And Visitation Arrangements That Work
In any divorce case involving children, custody and visitation is easily the most important and often most divisive issue. Both parents often want to see their children as much as possible, requiring a large amount of negotiation in order to arrive at an agreement that works for everyone.
At The Wright Law Firm, I am committed to helping parents reach custody and visitation arrangements that represent what is in the best interests of their children. To discuss your legal situation, call me, Trey Wright, at 501-376-0400 or toll-free at 888-594-6145. I can also advise you about fathers’ rights and paternity, grandparents’ rights and related issues.
Who Will Get Custody?
Mothers and fathers have an equal chance to be granted primary custody under Arkansas law. The ultimate factor will be what is in the best interests of the children. Some of the factors the judge will consider are:
- Which parent has had the most interaction with the child?
- Which parent has been the primary caregiver?
- Is the conduct of either parent detrimental to the child?
- Does one parent wish to relocate with the child?
Joint custody is not favored by Arkansas law. The only way to achieve joint custody is to reach an agreement you can bring to the judge. The court will allow most custody and visitation arrangements as long as both parties are in agreement. Generally, there will be one primary custodial parent and one noncustodial parent who has visitation rights. A common visitation schedule is every other weekend and one day during the week, with holidays, school breaks and summer vacation being split equally.
What If Your Spouse Wants To Move?
When a primary custodial parent chooses to move, it is presumed under Arkansas law that the move is in the best interests of the child. This makes it extremely important to make sure that any custody agreement is in the best interests of your child, rather than attempting custody modification later. At The Wright Law Firm, I can guide you through the process in order to relocate or try to prevent the relocation of a child.