At the OMG Law Firm, we understand that navigating divorce, custody, and child support is extremely difficult. Family laws themselves can be very complex and difficult to understand. In our last blog, we busted three myths about family law in Arkansas. We will finish up two more myths here.

MYTH: My child’s parent has failed to pay child support correctly or on time, so I can refuse his or her right to visit the child.

  • False. Just because the other parent violates a court order does not mean you can as well. In fact, if you do not follow through on your end, you can be held in contempt. We know that this can be a very frustrating situation. The best thing you can do is take the parent to court for non-payment of child support.
  • The only reason for withholding visitation rights is if the child is in imminent, serious danger. In this case, get an emergency temporary court order.

MYTH: I was served with divorce papers and they include a restraining order. I cannot approach my spouse.

  • False. Restraining orders included in divorce papers prevent marital property from being removed before the marriage is legal dissolved. This includes your house, car, and money.
  • You still have access to these items; you simply cannot sell, move, or destroy any of them. The point is to ensure that all property can be taken into account and fairly divided up.

Clarke Mixon handles family law in the OMG Law Firm, and he has earned a reputation as a fair, compassionate, and firm advocate. Contact our law firm today to learn more.