Family Law

Family Law

The Value of a Separation Agreement

An article from the Huffington Post this morning illustrates the value of hiring a competent Arkansas family lawyer to draft a separation agreement before one party makes the decision to file for divorce. In this situation, a carefully drafted separation agreement would go a long way toward reconciling the marriage. The Story The article is entitled “Marriage Counseling Made My Relationship…

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Family Law

Divorce: The Ultimate Day-Ruiner

Despite all the well-wishing “Happy New Year!”s uttered over the last week, January can be a depressing month. It is cold—bitterly cold today, even in Arkansas. You are broke from splurges on gifts. You are five pounds heavier after holiday feasting. If you enjoyed time with your family over the break, you miss them. If you did not enjoy time…

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Family Law

Festivus: A model for family traditions

The world was formally introduced to Festivus—which is celebrated today, December 23—in the 1997 Seinfeld episode entitled “The Strike.” Frustrated with the commercialism and stress that accompanies Christmas, Frank Costanza (George’s father) invented a new winter holiday with new traditions: “Festivus.” Instead of a Christmas tree for decoration, for instance, Frank decided to use a “Festivus pole,” which is simply…

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Family Law

Avoiding child custody woes at Christmas

Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, it is an opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, it is simply a time to gather with the people who are most important to us—our family. At the very least, it is a time to take a short break from the…

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Family Law

Joint Custody and Relocation in Arkansas

There has been much recent ink spilled—or, in this digital age, electrons moved—over the issue of joint custody in Arkansas. This year’s legislative session dramatically changed the long-standing practice in Arkansas courts that disfavored joint custody. Arkansas law now “favors” joint custody. As to whether that was a wise decision, Arkansas family lawyers are sharply divided. And this is not…

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Estate Planning, Family Law

Estate Planning: Planning to Remarry

Before a remarriage you should discuss your estate plans. This changes from should to must when there are children from a previous relationship. Do you want to leave everything to the kids, or half to the kids and half to the new spouse? If you want to benefit both grown children and your current spouse, decide whether the kids should…

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Estate Planning, Family Law

Estate Planning: Headed for Divorce

The time between a separation and divorce is tricky from an estate-planning perspective. By law, spouses are entitled to inherit a minimum portion of each other’s assets, which is one-third in Arkansas. Unless they waive that right in a prenuptial agreement, it continues until the divorce is finalized. Some divorces are quick and uncontested. Some divorces can last for years…

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Family Law

Pet Custody: What is in Fido's Best Interest?

Unfortunately, couples facing divorce often fight over anything and everything they can. Even normally reasonable people can get sucked into vicious conflict about who-gets-what. In my experience, the parties may not even care about what they’re fighting about—they’re just looking to fight. Recall Billy Crystal’s famous rant about the wagon-wheel coffee table. You can normally break these fights into two…

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Family Law

Willie Nelson on Divorce: Shock and Disbelief

For nearly sixty years, Willie Nelson has consistently produced some of the finest American music. He has also consistently been married, un-married, divorced, and remarried. In a 2010 interview with the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, Willie gave his view on his marriages: “Along the way you pick up wives and kids and you are responsible for them. You don’t discard them….

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Family Law

Could "date night" help solve Arkansas's divorce rate?

One of the most difficult issues for legislators and judges—and pretty much anyone who has to think about family law—is the role of the State in overseeing the family. Where does the State’s interest end in promoting the family? What is the definition of marriage? Does the State have any interest in promoting traditional marriage? These are not easy questions….

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