|Joint custody is becoming more and more common in Arkansas. Our custody statute has been amended to state that Joint Custody is “favored.”|
Joint Custody, per A.C.A. §9-13-101, means the approximate and reasonable equal division of time with the child by both parents individually as agreed to by the parents or as ordered by the Court.
A common schedule for a joint custody arrangement is a weekly rotation. Sometimes, the parent not having physical custody in a given week can pick the child up from school, or at 3:30 p.m. if the child is not in school and return the child by 8:00 p.m. or return the child to school the following morning, or to the other parent by 8:00 a.m. if the child is not in school.
Co-Parenting sessions can be extremely helpful, in both traditional custody and joint custody scenarios. For a list of counselors who offer these sessions click here.
|Most Courts have a “Suggested Visitation Schedule” that is frequently implemented in a traditional primary custody and visitation scenario.|
To view the current schedule in Washington and Madison Counties, click here.
To view the Benton County schedule, click here.
Benton County Judge Tom Smith has a Parenting Plan for joint custody. To see same, click here.
"Kimberly made the experience of mediation much more comfortable than I had ever anticipated. I felt complete at ease being honest and speaking freely about all my concerns. She was very hepful in walking me through one of the most stressful parts of my life and I'm very thankful to her for her services." - A mediation client from September 2015
"Mediation with Kimberly was smooth. " - A mediation client from September 2015
"I recently mediated a domestic relations case with Kimberly Canova and Adell Ralston. I have utilized mediation in several of my cases over the years; however, this was my first experience with co-mediators. I found utilizing co-mediators to be very worthwhile. It saved time, was cost effective, and made my client more at ease. Often times in mediation, as was the case in this matter, the mediator opts to caucus the parties. In doing so, many times my client and I are left waiting on the mediator for hours to come back with information from the other side. With the two mediators, we were able to keep the dialogue going and brainstorm throughout the time we were there, which I felt assisted us in coming to an agreement in a more timely manner. I also believe my client felt “heard” the entire mediation, which made her feel she got more from the experience and her money was well spent. " - M. Kemper, Attorney at Law