Legal Information: Arkansas
Updated: February 12, 2020
What is joint custody?
Joint custody is when parents have both joint physical custody and joint legal custody. In an action for divorce, an award of joint custody is favored in Arkansas.1 If, at any time, the judge determines that one parent has a pattern of intentionally creating conflict in an attempt to disrupt a current or pending joint-custody arrangement, the judge can consider such behavior to be a material change of circumstances and can change a joint custody order to an order of primary custody to the nondisruptive parent.2
1 A.C.A. §§ 9-13-101(a)(1)(A)(iii)
2 A.C.A. §§ 9-13-101(b)(1)(A)(iii)
WomensLaw serves and supports all survivors, no matter their sex or gender.
© 2008–2021 WomensLaw.org is a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Inc. All rights reserved. This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). NNEDV is a 501©(3) non-profit organization; EIN 52-1973408.