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Legal Statutes: Arkansas

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Subchapter 2. Judicial Proceedings.

back to top9-15-215. Factors in determining custody and visitation.

(a) In addition to other factors that a court shall consider in a proceeding in which the temporary custody of a child or temporary visitation by a parent is at issue and in which the court has made a finding of domestic or family violence, the court shall consider:
(1) As primary the safety and well-being of the child and of the parent who is the plaintiff of domestic or family violence; and
(2) The defendant's history of causing physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or causing reasonable fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault to another person.
(b) If a parent is absent or relocates because of an act of domestic or family violence by the other parent, the absence or relocation is not a factor that weighs against the parent in determining custody or visitation.
(c) There shall be a rebuttable presumption that it is not in the best interest of the child to be placed in the custody of an abusive parent in cases where there is a finding, by a preponderance of the evidence, that a pattern of abuse has occurred.
History.
Acts 1999, No. 1551, § 8; 2001, No. 1235, § 2.