Legal Information: Arkansas


February 12, 2020

Can a sex offender get custody or visitation?

The judge cannot award custody or unsupervised visitation to a sex offender unless the judge specifically determines that the sex offender poses no danger to the child. The judge is supposed to assume (although the other parent can try to convince the judge otherwise) that it is not in the best interest of the child to be in the care or custody of a sex offender, to have unsupervised visitation with a sex offender, to be placed in the home where a sex offender lives, or to have unsupervised visitation in a home in which a sex offender lives.1

1 A.C.A. § 9-13-101(d)

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