Arkansas Child Custody Factors

In Arkansas, the court will act in the best interest of the children and will give equal consideration to both the mother and the father when making a custody decision.†

The court may consider the preferences of the child if the child is of a sufficient age and capacity to reason, regardless of chronological age; The past and future roles of the parents; and past domestice violence.(Arkansas Code - Title 9 - Chapters: 13-101)

In Arkansas, as with all other states, the court will always be looking out for the best interests of the children. What you want or your spouse wants is not really relevant until the court says it is. Many parents go to custody hearings not realizing that they must portray themselves as the best custodial parent rather pleading to the court that they simply deserve the children. The court would much prefer the parents to decide who should have custody, but if they canít, the court will do it for them. You can also read more about Arkansas child custody in the Arkansas state statutes located at: