Q: In a divorce or child custody case, how old does a child have to be to decide where he or she wants to live?
A: In Arkansas, there is no “magic age” when a child can automatically determine which parent will have custody of that child. Instead, custody is determined based on the “best interests of the child,” which is usually made up of a number of factors. The child’s preference can be one of those factors and, in some cases, may be the most important factor. How much weight a judge will give to a child’s preference is usually determined by the child’s age and maturity.Q: Is it true that child support can only be increased or decreased once every three years?
A: There is no set time that you must wait to file for an increase or decrease in child support. A child support increase or decrease can be sought
when there has been a “change in circumstances” that is sufficient to warrant a modification. Usually, this is determined by whether the person paying the child support has had an increase or decrease in pay of at least $100 per month.