Child Custody & Visitation

Family law WorkgroupCustody and visitation issues may arise when a divorce involves minor children. Arkansas law assumes the divorcing parties are the parents of a child if a child is born during the marriage. However, paternity may be determined during a divorce if: a child was born prior to the marriage; or either party says the husband is not the father of the child. 

When a child is born to an unmarried woman, the mother of the child has legal custody of that child automatically. However, if the child was born outside of marriage, paternity must be proven before the court will enter an order to obtain child support.

This section contains links that offer information about child custody and visitation law in Arkansas. There are pdf fact sheets, pdf forms and interactive forms to help you better understand family law in Arkansas. Select a Different Topic here.

These resources offer information about child custody and visitation issues.


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