Understanding Arkansas Child Visitation Laws
As with any legal issue, it isn’t always easy to understand how Arkansas child visitation laws and child custody laws will impact your situation. How well you are able to communicate and cooperate will play a role in visitation decisions. But – as with custody – the court’s decision will always try and account for the best interests of your child.
You may have “liberal” visitation if you, the parents, are able to work together in determining visitation – timing, location and duration. Judges are more likely to grant “liberal” visitation when you are able to cooperate with the parent who has custody. If you are unwilling or unable to communicate and be civil with your ex, or if you regularly change and miss scheduled time with your child leading up to the divorce, it may be determined that a visitation schedule is in the best interests of your child.
There are a variety of reasons why you may feel unable to cooperate with your former spouse. In these cases, the judge may provide a visitation schedule dictating when, where and for how long visitation is allowed. While visitation schedules can be flexible, some judges tend to follow a standard set of guidelines regarding Arkansas child visitation schedules. For example, the non-custodian parent may be granted visitation every other weekend or be granted extended or additional time during the summer or holidays.
In certain situations a judge may decide that restricted visitation is in the best interests of the child. Supervised visitation, for example, limits the circumstances – location, people present – in which the non-custodial parent can visit their child.
In the state of Arkansas, child visitation and child support are not dependent on one another. This means that if the non-custodial parent fails to pay child support, he or she cannot be denied visitation. Conversely, if the custodial parent is not providing the agreed upon visitation, child support cannot be withheld. If your ex is not keeping to the court ordered child visitation schedule and/or child support agreement, you can file a motion for contempt to try and enforce the court order.
For more information on Arkansas child visitation laws, custody laws or if you are going through a divorce involving children, you may wish to speak with an experienced family law attorney.
Attorney Ben T. Roberds has represented clients in all matter of family law, including divorce, custody, visitation, child support and contempt. To schedule a confidential and complementary consultation, contact the Roberds Law Firm at (479) 464-0904 today.