What is Joint Custody?
Joint custody is a legal arrangement in which both parents share the responsibility of raising their child. Although joint custody arrangements can vary, they typically involve both parents having equal say in major decisions regarding their child’s welfare, such as education, medical care, and religious upbringing.
There are two types of joint custody arrangements:
Joint physical custody
This type of arrangement gives both parents equal time with the child. In some cases, the child may live with one parent during the week and the other parent on weekends. In other cases, the child may spend alternating weeks with each parent.
Joint legal custody
This type of arrangement gives both parents the right to make decisions about their child’s welfare. However, the child may only live with one parent. The other parent typically has visitation rights.
How Does Joint Custody Work in Arkansas?
In Arkansas, joint custody is determined by the best interests of the child. When making a decision about joint custody, the court will consider several factors, including:
- The wishes of the child’s parents
- The wishes of the child (if applicable)
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- The stability of each home environment
There are many benefits to joint custody arrangements. Some of the most common benefits include:
- Joint custody arrangements allow both parents to be involved in their child’s life.
- Joint custody arrangements can provide stability for children.
- Joint custody arrangements can help reduce conflict between parents.
- Joint custody arrangements can improve communication between parents.
If you are considering a joint custody arrangement, it is important to consult with an experienced Arkansas family law attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can help you create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your child.
How Can a Custody Lawyer Help Me?
If you are considering a joint custody arrangement, it is important to consult with an experienced Arkansas family law attorney.
An attorney can help you if you have already been awarded joint custody and you need assistance enforcing the terms of your arrangement. If your ex-spouse is not following the terms of your joint custody agreement, an attorney can help you file a motion with the court to enforce the terms of the agreement.
If you are considering a joint custody arrangement or if you have already been awarded joint custody, contact our law firm today to get started.
When Should I Contact a Lawyer?
If you need help understanding joint custody or if you need assistance enforcing the terms of your agreement, contact our law firm today to get started. Our experienced attorneys can help you with all aspects of your case, from creating a parenting plan to enforcement proceedings. Call us today at (501) 891-6000 to get the legal help you deserve.