Child Custody Laws in Arkansas

When it comes to child custody laws in Arkansas, the No. 1 concern is what is best for the child. The court will take the child’s best interests as the most important factor when determining who should be granted custody. Of course, other factors are considered that play a part in deciding who would be the best custodian of the child.

  1. The Child’s Preference - If the child is of an age to understand the situation and decide for him or herself, then the child will have an opportunity to express this opinion to the court.

  2. Each Parent’s Work Schedule – If one parent is frequently traveling for business, the court will take this into consideration.

  3. Inappropriate Behavior – The court will factor inappropriate behavior from either parent, meaning that residing with a parent with a history of drug abuse or domestic violence would not be in the child’s best interest. The court may require both parties to undergo a drug test.

  4. The Relationship of the Parents – It is in the child’s best interest to have a relationship with both parents. If one parent is more likely to encourage a relationship with the other parent, the court will consider that.
A court will always want to grant joint custody, but if it is not in the best interest of the child then the court will give custody where it is most appropriate. For more information on custody laws in Arkansas, call The Law Offices of Michael Lily at 870-935-2400.