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The top 5 reasons a premarital agreement may fail

If you and your spouse decide to use a premarital agreement, you likely want to set up some guidelines in case there is a divorce. These agreements often note who gets to keep certain pieces of property, for instance, or what type of spousal support will be given. However, there are many reasons these agreements can be invalidated, and you should know about them before creating yours.

Arkansas non-custodial parents and child support issues

Some Pulaski County non-custodial parents may feel like the legal system works against them. In truth, Arkansas courts do take sides when family law issues involve children – children's best interests are first. The Office of Child Support Enforcement is a state agency designed to help custodial and non-custodial parents resolve financial and other issues regarding children.

Man jailed in Arkansas for skipping support is father of 26

Little Rock parents may tell you parenthood has its rewards, but it isn't always easy. When parents are together, the joys and obligations are shared. The task can become harder, when couples separate or divorce, especially when non-custodial parents don't provide adequate financial support.

Legal rights through Arkansas Acknowledgements of Paternity

Married Little Rock parents are granted legal rights to a child upon a baby's birth. It is not necessary for husbands to undergo testing to prove paternity. Under Arkansas family laws, a married father is the legal father, presumably.

Negative post-divorce co-parenting confuses, harms Arkansas kids

You don't have to like your ex to love your kids. The hard part for some Little Rock parents is not letting the dislike of a former spouse get in the way of co-parenting. You have a choice to make interactions with or about the other parent productive or harmful.

Little Rock divorce leftovers: Emotions and joint debts

Does any Pulaski County spouse walk away clean and clear from a marital break-up? Many Little Rock spouses certainly have feelings that carry beyond a divorce decree, sometimes with a significant impact on future communications with an ex over issues like child support. However, for the purposes of this blog, let's focus on splitting finances.

Why it is important to resolve Child Tax Credit disputes

One of the difficulties in dealing with child custody disputes is determining what to do with the Child Tax Credit that a parent can claim each year. The primary problem is deciding who may be eligible to claim the credit. On the one hand, the custodial parent will want to claim it because the child is spending a majority of his or her time with this parent. On the other hand, the non-custodial parent may want to claim it, since this parent is primarily responsible for paying child support all year, so the credit may act as an extra payment that will not be drawn from their income.

How are bonus payments treated for child support purposes?

Child support is an emotionally charged topic in Arkansas for a number of reasons. For those who are ordered to pay support, they may feel as if they are subject to an unfair form of spousal maintenance. For those who receive support, they may believe that they do not receive enough to adequately care for the child or maintain a stable household.

Dealing with delinquent child support

The divorce of parents can be hard on a child, but it can be made even more difficult when the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support. The most recent statistics from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement reveal that more than $1 billion in child support payments is owed to parents in Arkansas and around the country who retain primary custody of one or more children following a divorce or separation.

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