Fayetteville Attorneys Manage Child Custody Issues with Sensitivity
Arkansas firm works to establish appropriate arrangements for families
Frequently, discussions relating to child custody and visitation are referred to as “battles,” even when both parents say they want to avoid unnecessary conflict. At Gramling Estes Law Firm in Fayetteville, we strive to avoid custody fights whenever possible, but do recognize that aggressive advocacy might be necessary to reach the best possible resolution for our clients’ sons and daughters. From our office in Fayetteville, our attorneys take the time to learn about the specific needs of young people and use settlement discussions, mediation and litigation to establish a parenting plan that meet those needs. Though children should not be put in the middle of arguments between parents, protecting their welfare sometimes requires assertive legal representation. You can rely on our firm to pursue an outcome that promotes your child’s physical and emotional well-being.
Skillful lawyers counsel clients on legal and physical custody factors
Though our family lawyers are determined litigators, we treat the people we represent with care and respect. Whether your child custody issue is part of a divorce, a paternity action or a post-decree matter, you can count us for knowledgeable and compassionate advice on:
- Legal and physical custody — There are two facets of Arkansas custody decisions. One determination relates to legal custody, which refers to the authority that parents have to make decision on their child’s behalf. An order must also specify where the young person’s primary residence will be. This is known as physical custody.
- Sole and joint arrangements — Either type of custody can be granted on a sole or joint basis. Legal custody often is shared so that both parents have influence over their child’s education, medical treatment and religious upbringing. If parents live near each other, joint physical custody is possible, but typically the child mainly lives in one home.
- Visitation — A parent who does not have physical custody usually will be granted substantial visitation rights so that they can maintain frequent, meaningful contact with their son or daughter.
- Factors — Many different factors can have an impact on a determination about what is in a child’s best interest. Custody rulings often take into account a parent’s health and stability, along with the child’s physical and emotional needs. If the child is old enough to make a thoughtful choice, their preference might also be considered.
Amicable resolutions are possible in many situations, and we encourage them when appropriate. However, there are situations where the other parent might pose a danger to the child or might be unwilling to negotiate. Should a trial be necessary, we have the experience and the knowledge to pursue the best possible outcome in court.
Experienced advocates handle relocations and other types of modifications
An Arkansas mother or father who possesses sole physical custody is permitted to relocate to a new home with their child unless the noncustodial parent can demonstrate that the child will suffer harm due to the move. The fact that visitation might be more inconvenient for the parent objecting to the relocation usually is not sufficient enough to stop it. As with other types of custody matters, judges decide on proposed modifications based on what is in the child’s best interests. To justify an adjustment, there must be a material change in circumstances. Sometimes, these requests are linked to other proposed changes to a divorce order, such as when a custodial parent receiving alimony remarries. Whether you’re considering petitioning for a modification or are opposing a requested change, we’ll stand up for your parental rights.
Contact a knowledgeable Fayetteville child custody lawyer for a free consultation
Gramling Estes Law Firm in Fayetteville assists Arkansas parents with all types of child custody and visitation concerns. Please call 479-480-4250 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers.