Hot Springs Family Attorneys Provide Counsel on a Range of Issues
Dedicated assistance for legal actions from adoption to divorce
Family law covers several legal issues, but predominately focuses upon divorce, child custody, and adoption. Family law can often lead to stressful and contentious battles over a number of emotional issues. At Wood, Schnipper & Britton, we understand the difficulties you face, and we work closely with you to find solutions. Litigation often adds additional hurdles and worries. Airing divorce or child custody disputes before a judge can be taxing, but our dedicated attorneys know how to balance zealous representation with the appropriate concern for you and your family.
Hot Springs lawyers guide you through the Arkansas divorce process
When it is time to dissolve your marriage, the State of Arkansas offers several options:
- Absolute divorce — This is what is generally meant by divorce: permanent dissolution of the marriage so the spouses are no longer bound together, and each is free to remarry. The divorce decree settles matters of alimony, child custody and visitation, child support, and equitable distribution of property.
- Limited divorce — Also called a “divorce from bed and board,” this process settles all the issues of a divorce, including permanent dissolution of the marriage, but does not leave the parties free to remarry.
- Separate maintenance (legal separation) — This process does not dissolve the marriage, but does settle all ancillary issues. The couple is still married, but lives apart in separate households. This arrangement allows spouses to share benefits such as military pensions and health insurance policies.
To file for divorce in Arkansas, you must meet the residency requirement, which in most cases is that at least one spouse has to have lived in the state for 60 days prior to filing. Petitioners for divorce must allege grounds, such as adultery or cruelty, unless they have lived apart for at least 18 months prior to the filing.
Arkansas divorce law is complicated because of the state’s recognition of “covenant marriage.” If you and your spouse are in a covenant marriage, you must seek authorized marriage counseling prior to filing and your grounds for seeking a divorce are more restrictive.
Experienced counsel for a variety of adoption scenarios
When you are ready to welcome a child into your home, our Hot Springs lawyers are ready to help ensure your adoption goes smoothly. There are often legal and personal challenges to adoption. We work to protect your rights, advance your goals, and give you peace of mind. We have extensive experience with a variety of adoptions, including:
- Agency adoptions
- Foster parent adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- International adoptions
- Open adoptions
- Private adoptions
- Stepparent adoptions
When you retain our legal services for your adoption, you can rely on our knowledge and dedication.
Contact our determined family law attorneys in Hot Springs, Arkansas
When family law issues arise, trust a law firm known for ethics and professionalism. Wood, Schnipper & Britton has stood the test of time, because we stand for our clients. To schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney, call us at 501-762-0887 or contact our office online.