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Key things to do when going through a child custody battle

In an ideal world, child custody would be easy to decide and you and your ex would agree on everything. If you're going through a child custody battle in Arkansas, though, you know that it can be far less than ideal. Below are a few things that can help.

Custody papers are needed when parents don't agree

A woman recently wrote about her child custody situation, saying that it helped to ignore the custody agreement and focus on her daughter. The article gained a lot of traction as a way to show that custody agreements aren't needed, but reading between the lines showed that it also told the opposite tale.

The role of the primary caretaker

The title of "primary caretaker" could become incredibly important in your divorce in Arkansas, so it's important to know exactly what this means and how it is used during the proceedings. Specifically, this is a term that relates to the child custody decision-making process.

What is joint child custody?

Joint child custody is, in some ways, the closest that you can get to a "normal" living situation for your child. Both you and your spouse are going to split the responsibilities after the divorce. This includes taking care of the child, raising him or her, and allowing the child to live with you. Ideally, the split is going to be pretty equal so that you both play a large role in the child's life.

How lies factor into a child custody case

When a child custody case in Arkansas grows bitter, one of the sad realities is that parents may lie in an effort to get what they want. This can take many different forms. If you feel your spouse is lying, it's important to know how to protect your rights as a parent.

How does an Arkansas judge determine child custody?

When deciding who should get custody, the law in Arkansas stipulates that each parent should be considered in the same way. That is to say, the court should never assume that a father does not want custody or give preferential treatment to a child's mother for no other reason than that she happens to be the mother. Instead, to determine who should get custody, the court will look at many different factors, including:-- Which parent demonstrates a level of love and affection that means he or she will care for the child properly-- The economic situation that both the mother and the father will find themselves in after the divorce-- Whether or not there is a history of aggression and abuse in the home, stemming from either parent-- The overall character of both parties, looking at their honesty and other such factors-- The home environment itself, specifically as that environment pertains to the health of the child-- What needs to be done to keep multiple children living under the same roof-- What the children want and have requested on their own

Child custody considerations for Arkansas parents

When parents choose to separate, the care and support of the couple's child or children is a priority. Child custody decisions must be addressed at the time a couple divorces. Neither gender has a legal "edge" when it comes to child custody, despite assumptions that mothers are default custodians.

Child custody battle ensues for abused child

Arkansas readers understand that when it comes to custody issues, each case is different. There is no "set" answer that fits every case. Judges have guidelines they follow when trying to determine what is in the best interests of a child, but they also must take into consideration the individual circumstances in each case. Custody laws also vary from state to state. When you enter into a custody battle, you need to be sure you know the laws for your state. Your attorney will be knowledgeable in this area and will use the laws to your advantage.

Resolutions divorcing parents should keep

The third week of January is when most people who make New Year’s resolutions ultimately let them go by the waste side. The most common resolution to be dumped is the promise to lose weight. As a matter of fact, only 12 percent of people who make resolutions even achieve their goals. Against such an ominous backdrop, it seems foolhardy to suggest resolutions that apply to caring for children. However, for divorcing parents in Arkansas, they are worthy promises to keep for 2014 and beyond.  This post will highlight a few that should be adopted. 

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