Arkansas Adoption Laws

Understanding Arkansas Adoption Laws

When you are anxious to adopt, Arkansas adoption laws can feel confusing and tedious. As with any significant legal or life event, there is often a great deal of stress surrounding adoption. But, understanding how the process works – and what your obligations are – can help you move through adoption with less stress and more confidence.

The following Arkansas adoption FAQs are intended as a helpful resource only and do not constitute legal advice. Adoption is a complicated legal process. If you are considering or pursuing adoption in Arkansas, you may benefit from seeking the services of an experienced adoption attorney.

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Joint Legal Custody in Arkansas

Filing for Joint Legal Custody in Arkansas


If you have children when filing for divorce, you may have questions and concerns about child custody. Contested custody is when you and the child’s other parent cannot agree on who will have custody of the child. Judges decide legal custody based on the Best Interests of the Child Standard, including a variety of factors from environment and economics to child’s preference and history of domestic abuse. In these instances Arkansas judges cannot favor the mother just because she is the mother, though many fathers continue to believe or fear custody decisions are biased against them. But what if you and your (ex) spouse still get along?

Though it gets less play in primetime legal dramas, in some cases it can be in your child’s best interest to file for joint legal custody. Parents can ask the judge to order “friendly parent provisions” and continue to care for the child with equal rights. Your child may split time living with his/her parents, and in many cases parents will share equally in making important decisions dealing with the child. There are reasons, however, why you – or the judge – may not feel that joint custody is in the best interests of your child.

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