Married Or Not, Child Custody And Support Are Impact Issues During Divorce

If young children are involved in your divorce or another family law-related dispute, your children's best interests should be at the forefront of each decision you make. Whether reaching agreements regarding child support payments or custody arrangements, our team of attorneys at McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun can help you protect your parent-child relationship while ensuring you are treated fairly.

Who Will Get Custody Of Our Children?

Like other states, Arkansas' courts award custody based on the best interests of the child. There are numerous factors the courts consider when making this determination, including:

  • If the child is old enough or mature enough, his or her preference will be acknowledged.
  • The physical and mental health of both parents.
  • The capabilities of each parent to provide a safe and stable living environment.
  • Any evidence of domestic violence or abuse will be taken into account.
  • Proximity to family, including grandparents.

If you and the other parent of your child can reach a custody agreement, you can avoid relying on a judge to determine your arrangement. However, if one side decides to dig in, litigation may be unavoidable. As litigation lawyers, we thrive in the courtroom, and can defend your parent-child relationship at the negotiating table or when going before the judge.

It's important to note that grandparents have the right to be heard during child custody proceedings. In short, if the grandparents acted as primary care givers or the child resided in the grandparent's home for six consecutive months, the grandparents may be entitled to visitation. Our attorneys can outline the laws regarding grandparent visitation, custody and other family law issues that may pertain to your specific situation.

How Much Support Am I Going To Pay Or Receive?

Whether married or not, both parents have a legal obligation to support their children. Arkansas has specific guidelines determining the amount of support a parent must pay to support his or her children based on income and other assets.

Our attorneys can calculate approximate support payments. We will account for wages, pensions, commissions, investments, deductions as well as any hidden income or assets. As circumstances change, modifications to your support agreement may be necessary. Perhaps your finances changed dramatically because of a job loss or your child is turning 18 and moving out of the house. By working together, we can help you avoid falling into delinquency for missed payments or hold a delinquent parent accountable.

Protect Your Children. Protect Yourself. Contact Our Firm.

To discuss family law-related issues involving your children, contact us and schedule a consultation at our Little Rock law office. Call 501-313-0461 or reach us via email for a prompt response. Our attorneys work with clients in Pulaski County and throughout Central Arkansas.