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Child Custody in Arkansas

Arkansas parents who are divorcing, or never married and are no longer together, will have to reach child custody decisions for their minor children. Arkansas child custody attorneys can help you through the process, including establishing paternity; negotiating child custody, child support and visitation schedules; and getting these agreements approved by the court.

Arkansas Child Custody Basics

In Arkansas, there are two aspects to child custody: Physical custody and legal custody.

Physical custody relates to where a child lives and legal custody relates to which parent has responsibility for making major decisions that affect the child's life. In both cases, parents may share joint custody or one parent may have sole custody. If one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent will typically have visitation.

Parents are expected to share the financial costs of raising a child, so the non-custodial parent will normally be required to pay child support to the other parent.

In calculating child support payments, the courts normally look at the number of children being supported and each parent's net income, as well as child-related expenses, such as daycare and health insurance premiums.

Find & Hire an Arkansas Child Custody Lawyer

If you need help negotiating or creating a child custody agreement, or modifying an existing agreement, you should hire an Arkansas child custody attorney. And you've come to the right website. offers a free service that can connect you with experienced custody lawyers in your area. Complete the form on this page or call us at 877-913-7222 to get matched with a local lawyer today.