Arkansas Child Custody Laws
Physical and legal child custody is regulated by state laws, all of which conform to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The sole purpose of the UCCJEA is to ensure that states honor the child custody orders of other states, in order to prevent parental abduction or other custody problems. Additionally, all states provide the option of visitation for eligible non-custodial parents, while many allow grandparent visitation as well. Virtually all states use the child's own best interests as the main goal of any custody order.
Child Custody Laws in Arkansas at a Glance
Arkansas courts allow physical and legal custody (or both) of children, based on a number of determining factors and are often bound by custody relocation laws. A custody order may be changed ("modification of child custody") if it would be in the child's best interests or for a "material change in circumstances," such as one parent being deployed for military service.
Arkansas family court judges have quite a bit of authority to make child custody decisions, and will consider the following factors:
- Child's preference
- Each parent's home environment
- Work schedules of parents
- Relationship of the parents
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
You can find additional details about Arkansas child custody laws in the chart below. See FindLaw's extensive Child Custody section for more articles and resources.
|Code Section||9-13-101, et seq.|
|Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted||1979|
|Types of Custody Available||
|Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?||Yes, §9-13-103|
|Child's Own Wishes Considered?||Yes|
Note: State laws are always subject to change at any time, usually through the enactment of new statutes but sometimes through higher court decisions or other means. You may want to contact an Arkansas child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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