Child Custody

Helping Arkansas Parents Maximize Time with Their Children.

Most parents consider child custody to be at the forefront of their divorce conflicts. Our lawyers understand how to highlight the most important, impactful arguments of your case to persuade the court that you are the best candidate to take custody of the child. There are several factors that are considered when determining child custody, such as:

  • Primary Caretaker Status
  • Moral Fitness
  • Stability
  • Love and Affection
  • The Home
  • The Child’s Wishes

There are other factors that are considered even within those mentioned above, which is why it’s important to have a skilled attorney on your side to craft your case.

There are various types of custody awarded in Arkansas, including:

  • Sole
  • Joint
  • Shared
  • Divided

If you are facing a child custody dispute, contact the OMG Law Firm today and let us go to work for you.

EMERGENCY CUSTODY

If there is sufficient evidence that there is immediate danger to the health, safety, or welfare of a child, an emergency petition can be filed. There must be sworn proof of the emergency in the petition such that a court can review the pleadings and grant the petition without further proof. Affidavits are normally required. Once the emergency petition is granted, the court will set an emergency hearing within a few days. if you suspect drug usage, the attorney can obtain an order requiring immediate drug testing. Nail testing is the preferred method because drug addicts are sometimes able to thwart urine and hair follicle tests if they have sufficient time.

The typical situations where emergency custody may be awarded include the following: extreme neglect; physical or emotional abuse of a child; drug or alcohol addiction of a parent; violence perpetrated by a third party to the parent in the presence of a child; criminal charges against a parent; mental instability of a parent; threats to take the child from the jurisdiction of the court; and any other matter that might immediately jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of a child.

These proceedings are expensive because of the amount of paperwork that must be prepared in a short period of time and the necessity of a quick hearing that could involve the attorney all day. Hearings are limited to one hour, so it is vitally important that your attorney have significant experience handling these matters. although the hearing is one hour, there will be many other matters set on the day of court and it is possible that you would have to wait all day for your case to be heard.

If you are facing an emergency custody situation, contact the OMG Law Firm today!