Family Law

Family Law

When is Joint Custody Considered the Best Interest of The Child?

Clients ask us a form of this question almost every day.  Joint custody has been rare for the majority of the history of family law in Arkansas.  However, that trend is changing in many courts throughout the state. When a Judge is considering custody of children, they always look at what is in “the best interest of the child.” This

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Family Law

Child Support Payments – What to Expect

You probably landed here because you’re going through a divorce, or you’re thinking about it, and you have children. If so, you’re in the right place. There are many issues surrounding child support in Arkansas and it’s important to know what your rights are. When will a court order child support payments? A court will almost always order child support

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Family Law

Best Interest of the Child | Do Judges Get It Right?

We always feel disappointed when our clients do not get what they want in court. After pouring time and effort into a case, it can be heartbreaking. We may never feel the brunt of the disappointment like the client, but it hurts. Knowing that feeling motivates us Occasionally, we have lost cases we should have won. There are other times

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Family Law

When Do I Stop Accumulating Marital Property in an Arkansas marriage?

In some ways, dividing the marital property during an Arkansas divorce is like reading the gas meter. You had a certain number before you started, so you just measure how much the meter has moved and that’s what’s in the marital estate. Short version: stuff you owned before marriage is yours.  Stuff you got while you were married is marital

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What Happens to My House During a Divorce?

Houses are a huge pain in the butt during a divorce. Property division in an Arkansas divorce is (Lord willing) a relatively simple problem. You just figure out what something is worth and then cut it in half. A house can make both of those tasks really tough. What is a house worth? You can ask an Arkansas realtor, but

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Can an Arkansas Divorce Court Divide Retirement Accounts?

One of the most frustrating conversations that I have with divorce clients is about his or her retirement accounts. Everyone knows that you must split the house and the bank accounts and the debt, but it is offensive to most people when they learn that you may have to split your retirement during a divorce, too. Most of us have

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Family Law

Is there Alimony in Arkansas?

Yes, there is alimony in Arkansas. Always has been and there always will be. Note: This is another good reason to make sure that you get your legal information from a lawyer (or at least a good lawyer’s website). I regularly speak to people who are convinced that there is none in Arkansas. Citation: Uncle Joe, who went through a

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Family Law

How Do Arkansas Laws Determine Child Support?

To determine child support you can use the calculator below. Select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement. When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of determined child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Arkansas. What does lawyer cost?

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Arkansas Divorce Myths and Facts

If you are thinking about or going through a divorce in Arkansas, you will receive free advice from many sources and a lot of it will be wrong.   Most of us know someone that has been divorced and they will often give advice (whether you ask for it or not). Arkansas divorce law can be difficult to fully understand.  If

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Family Law

What are some examples of what is in the best interest of a child?

In Arkansas, when a court is deciding custody and visitation of a child, they look at the “child’s best interest” standard. This is a standard made up of many factors. Those factors can vary in the way the court weighs them and how many factors there are, both positively and negatively. To help you better understand the test for a

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