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So … Children:

We recognize that issues affecting your children are not only a priority but can also be very emotionally charged.  There are several reasons a parent needs to involve outside help when it comes to the support and care of children.  Paternity, custody, child support … Some of these require court intervention.  Some just downright need a judge or mediator to step in to save your sanity and harmony.  Even though emotions can be high, remember that your children’s best interest is priority.  It is our job to make this as easy as possible for you while also making sure you know your rights.

 

We recognize that issues affecting your children are not only a priority but can also be very emotionally charged. There are a lot of misunderstandings and frustrations when it comes to the support and care of children. It is our job to make this as easy as possible for you, while making sure you know your rights.
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What are some facts and myths about children, co-parenting and courts?

If my name is on the birth certificate, then I am legally the father.

False. If you are not married to the mother when the child is born, you are not considered the legal father even if your name is on the birth certificate. In order to get rights for visitation and more, you must petition the court to establish your paternity.

I'm the mom, so I automatically get custody.

False. There are no gender preferences in custody. This is not the 1950s. The standard for who get custody is “best interest of the child.” Arkansas defaults to a joint custody arrangement if both parents are fit and capable of providing care.

Can I share custody with my co-parent without a court order?

Yes. You can have a parenting agreement without a judge’s order. However, you need to be aware that if anything happens and you to enforce the custody agreement, it’s much more difficult if you don’t have something already in the legal system. You can make an agreement and ask to file it with the court to safeguard against future problems.

What are the different types of custody arrangements?

  • Joint legal custody – parents share decision making responsibility for the child/children.
  • Joint physical custody – generally, this means the parents share equal physical time the child/children.
  • Sole custody – one parent has full physical custody and full responsibility for making decisions for the child/children. The other parent will have visitation rights.

I have to pay 50% of my paycheck in child support?

How much you pay in child support depends on several factors:

  1. Number of children
  2. Net take home pay (This is a court calculation NOT the net pay of your actual paycheck)
  3. Custody Arrangement

If my co-parent doesn't pay child support, then I can withhold visitation.

False. These two things do not go together. I f you have a court document that makes one person pay child support and he/she is not paying, you have to take them to court. You don’t have the right to keep the child/children from them until they pay.

Why should you use My Virtual Lawyer?

My Virtual Lawyer can help in a variety of ways.  Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the best approach for your situation. There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to situations with children.  Whether is mediation, custody agreements, paternity preparation, we are here to help you with a real, affordable legal choice.

 

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