Family Law

Family Law

4 Things that are NOT in the Best Interest of the Child

There are a lot of concepts that are hard to define. Irony, for instance, is a tough one. Love, too—how do you define a word that can both be used to describe affection for french fries, The Beatles, and your mother? Here’s another concept whose meaning is unclear: The Best Interest of the Child. Everyone knows that it’s the most…

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Family Law

The Temporary Hearing in Child Custody Cases

If you’re going through an Arkansas divorce or child custody case, you may need to attend a temporary hearing. This is because the process to finalize a case can take a long time. There may be discovery and depositions and experts and spreadsheets and mediations, all of which make the process complicated and time-consuming. And that’s if no one deliberately…

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Family Law

Family Law 101: Don't Do Stupid Stuff on Facebook

There is so much to say about social media and family law—perhaps a small book is in order. I will add that to my list of things to do. In the meantime, however, Facebook has an overlooked option that is a game-changer and deserves its own post. I don’t know that it has a name, but the concept is simple:…

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Family Law

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

I get a lot of questions about divorce, especially about getting an uncontested divorce. I also get a lot of opinions. Some are correct, but most of them have more to do with TV shows about lawyers and bad advice from relatives than real law. (Not that I’m judging—I learned a lot about doctoring from House, which annoys the heck…

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Family Law

How Far Back Does Arkansas Child Support Go?

Going to court is nearly always a scary thing—usually, someone is trying to get some money out of you. Arkansas family court is even scarier because you’ve got both money and relationships at stake. Words like “alimony,” “full custody,” or “relocation” are a guaranteed recipe for ulcers and sleep loss and all sorts of other court-induced misery. Here’s one term that many people aren’t…

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Should I get DHS involved in my Arkansas Child Custody case?

This blog may sound like I’m bashing Arkansas DHS or suggesting that they don’t do their best to help in child custody emergencies. It’s not. DHS is very important; it just may not be the right fit for your own case. We live (thankfully) in a time where we can usually depend on the government if there is a real…

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Family law for same-sex marriages

Two issues have pervaded the internet over the last week or so: gay marriage and the Confederate flag. This blog’s about legal stuff; if I am the one doing the writing, it’s about family-law stuff. Because I am not aware of any important contributions that the Confederacy made to family law, I won’t comment on the flag issue. But same-sex…

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When Does Arkansas Child Support Stop?

This post is a simple and straightforward one, but I get this question all the time: “When does my Arkansas child support stop?” In Arkansas, a person’s child support obligation will stop “as a matter of law” (more on that in a second) when one of the following things happens:  The child turns 18 and is not enrolled in high…

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How Does Interstate Child Custody Work in Arkansas?

The legal issues with child custody in Arkansas are usually pretty simple: Who’s the better parent? (As set forth in the magical “best interest of the child” standard.) No need to be a lawyer to understand that. Things can get a little tricky, however, when the child custody issues involve more than one state. This actually happens a lot. And…

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Is it Hard to Get Divorced in Arkansas?

Posts like this make me fondly remember the days when the Huffington Post actually had interesting things to say. (They don’t anymore.) The article is titled “The Five Best and Worst States for Getting a Divorce,” and while I’ll agree the title is interesting, that’s about all that’s interesting about it. According to the author, Arkansas tops the list of…

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