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Processing through the emotional storm of divorce

Arkansas couples who are getting a divorce will have numerous unique hurdles to face, both alone and together. Among those issues is an emotional journey fraught with stress, anger, anxiety, guilt, and a storm of other negative emotions. The intensity of these feelings is one of the reasons why it's important to have a method of coping.

Can you file for retroactive child support in Arkansas?

Arkansas courts award child support as a means of protecting a child of divorce from the financial impact of his or her parent's separation. The custodial parent or guardian is to use the money to pay for a child's most basic necessities, such as food, shelter and education, as well as additional luxuries that the child enjoyed during the marriage. When one party fails to fulfill his or her child support obligation, either an adult child or the parent of a minor child may file for retroactive child support.

What should I do now that I pay child support?

With your Arkansas divorce complete and your child support schedule finalized, you may feel anxious about your future. If you should lose your job for any reason or encounter financial difficulty, you might miss a payment or two, which could cause your ex-spouse to go to court to have your wages confiscated to make the payments. If you ever need to renegotiate your child support, Fatherly offers you a tip that may offer you some assistance.

Child support determinations in Arkansas

Couples in Arkansas that get divorced while they have minor children still at home often need to determine child support payments from one parent to the other during the course of their divorce settlement discussions. Which parent must pay child support is one of the decisions to be made and may be influenced by how much time the children spend with each parent. The other decision that needs to be agreed upon is how much child support will be paid from one parent to the other, how frequently and for how long.

Does my child have a say in custody?

When it comes to your divorce, one of the most difficult situations you will deal with is determining eh custody of your children. Everyone will likely have an opinion and want the court to rule a specific way. This includes your child. However, the wishes of your child during a custody case may not always be considered by the court. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, Arkansas does not require the court to consider your child's wants at all when deciding custody.

Are custody and support connected?

When it comes to children in a situation where parents are not together, the topics of child support and visitation always come up in Arkansas. It is a misconception that these two things are related. The courts actually see them differently. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, visitation and child support are two separate entities that are not related.

How can grandparents stay close to grandchildren after divorce?

When a divorce happens, it affects more than just the two people ending the marriage. It has lasting effects on children and extended family. This is especially true for grandparents, who often lose out when their children get a divorce. While Arkansas does have laws pertaining to grandparents' rights, the state is very much on the side of the parents, so it is better for you to be proactive about staying connected to your grandchildren and work with their parents.

What is a custodial party?

In Arkansas, when you are dealing with child support, you may hear the term "custodial party." It is important that you understand what this means. If you are the custodial party, then you also need to understand the requirements you must meet and the responsibilities that you have.

What are some tips for creating a parenting plan?

When you get divorced in Arkansas, you can work with your spouse to create a parenting plan to manage the custody of your children. A parenting plan works out all the details of visitation instead of having the court make those decisions. It is far better for everyone if you can create your own plan. However, this can be tough, especially if the divorce is contentious. There are some tips that may help make the process go more smoothly.

Is dating after a divorce possible?

Your divorce has just been finalized in Arkansas and you are ready to begin moving forward with your life. Chances are, you have had to make some important decisions regarding your future as you have worked your way through divorce proceedings. One of the decisions you may be facing is whether or not you are interested in dating and pursuing a new relationship. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make dating a positive and exciting experience even if you have just come out of a volatile marriage. 

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