Arkansas Child Custody & Arkansas Child Support
UPDATED: March 4, 2020
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Arkansas courts, like family courts in all states, prefer that divorcing parents cooperatively work out the details of raising their children together after a divorce because, in the long run, such cooperative agreements are in the best interests of the children. If the parents are unable to agree, the court will get involved, and will always look to the best interests of the children in deciding issues of custody, visitation, and support. The following are the laws governing Arkansas child custody and support.
Arkansas Child Custody:
Arkansas courts determine all custody issues in terms of the best interests of the children. The court will consider all relevant facts and give the father and mother the same consideration regardless of the child’s sex or age. Either a sole or joint custody decision will be reached. The factors the court will consider include, among others: children’s age, their health, their wishes, the parental roles, and other needs of the children.
Arkansas Child Support:
Arkansas courts use the Percentage of Income formula to calculate how much a parent must provide for support of the child or children. The court requires a parent to pay a certain percentage of his or her income for child support. The percentage is based on the number of children. For example, a non-custodial parent with one child might be required to pay 20% of his or her net income as child support. In some situations both parents may be required to pay child support.
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