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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arkansas on
Q: Can my husband have his parent rights terminated after 7 years no contact or child support?

My husband has been served paperwork. His ex-girlfriend's husband wants to adopt his biological daughter. The paper work says that he was classified as abandonment because he has not spoken with his daughter or paid child support in over 7 years. He has tried to see his daughter many times... Read more »

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr
answered on Jul 20, 2018

Get a real lawyer. You should not have to wait 3 weeks. Your husband will have some trouble but the mother will have some real trouble saying dad abandoned the child.

Jim Hensley

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: Never met this child or have anything to do with it, I have two children that live with me, can I avoid CS?

I have two children with my spouse and someone e is saying that theirs is mine,if it is, I don't know this child, can I about the CS? I don't have the income to pay CS and support my actual family.

Stewart Whaley
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Stewart Whaley
answered on Jun 12, 2018

If paternity is established (DNA test, for example), you are paying support whether you've met the child or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: Can I put the real father on childsupport if I'm married but not with my husband
Stewart Whaley
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Stewart Whaley
answered on May 13, 2018

The question is a bit unclear. If the child was born while you were married, your husband is presumed the father.

However, it is possible to establish that the other man is the father's child and establish child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: Can child support be stopped if the child has turned 18, moved into her own house, but is still in school?
Stewart Whaley
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Stewart Whaley
answered on Apr 14, 2018

Moving into her own house doesn't change anything.

If 18 and "school" means high school then you will continue paying, see § 9-14-237(a)(1)(B)

"If the child is still attending high school, upon the child's high school graduation or the end of the school...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: I been trying to see my daughter and take care of her but her mother won’t let me since I’ve moved on with my life

And gotten married my daughter turned a year in March and I couldn’t see her or talk to her because of her mother I have messages in my phone that she sent saying my daughter won’t be in my life anymore now she sent child support papers in the mail but won’t give me a chance to see it take... Read more »

Stewart Whaley
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Stewart Whaley
answered on Apr 14, 2018

If paternity has been established (if not, it will be by the time you are paying child support) you can petition the court for visitation. You'll need to prove several factors, including: you are a fit parent, can care for and nurture the child, provide financial support, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: Can a ncp agree to sign over rights and not have to pay back child support in Arkansas?

My youngest son's dad just spent 65 days in jail due to non payment of child support. Within a few days of him getting out he contacted a family friend and wanted to get ahold of me And asked if I agreed to drop all back child support he would sign over rights to my son. Is this possible and... Read more »

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr
answered on Mar 19, 2018

This can be done with a single-parent adoption. It sounds odd but what you do is adopt your own child. This gets rid of the father and his rights. If the father will sign all the documents, we can get this done a few weeks. Fees are between $3ooo and $5ooo depending on what is needed.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Arkansas on
Q: My ex lIves in Texas and I live here in Arkansas, I have a two month old baby who was born here in this state. Now he

Wants to take my son away from me and take him to Texas with him, I want to stop answering his messages but he says I could get in trouble if I do, is that true,? What can I do to keep him away from us,? My son has my last name, I left him because he treat me bad during my pregnancy until I left... Read more »

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr
answered on Dec 26, 2017

It's always complicated when you are being mistreated by the man who should love you and the baby with no conditions. I can only answer some of your questions because the answer depends on a lot of things. Let's see if we can help a bit.

If the child has lived in Arkansas for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Arkansas on
Q: If I apply for services to receive child support, will the father be made aware of our home address?

He became abusive and threatened me after I found out I was pregnant. When I left, he told me that he wanted nothing to do with the baby but if I ever filed for child support, he would come after me and take our son. Son is now 3 years old, and I could really use the help as I'm going to... Read more »

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr
answered on Nov 4, 2017

Call the Office of Child Support Enforcement in the County where you live. Tell them your concerns. They will help you. Realize though that if you start collecting support he is entitled to visit the child. You might cause yourself a lot of trouble. In some states, you can terminate his rights... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: Do I have the right to receive my own child support money if I'm over 18 and my dad owes back pay?
Skye Martin
Skye Martin
answered on Aug 3, 2017

No, it would go to the custodial parent. If the custodial parent was on public assistance during the time in question then the state may also have a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: If I'm playing child support for my child, what rights do I have to him ñ? he is 7 yrs old

His mother has my number blocked when I want to call n talk to him I can't cuz I can't get in touch with his mother

Skye Martin
Skye Martin
answered on Aug 3, 2017

You need to petition for visitation and/or a shared custody arrangement. Paying child support doesn't give you visitation rights. I would suggest contacting an attorney to go over your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: My grandchildren were removed by dcfs and place with us and my daughter gave us full custody can we adopt now

My daughter only wanted dcfs out of the way so she could still visit and her rights not be terminated

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr
answered on Jun 29, 2017

Thank you for your inquiry. There are a few procedural issues we will need to consider but this is a good time to begin the adoption. Costs are around $4000. Let me know how I might help.

Jim Hensley

501.766.2770

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arkansas on
Q: Served with child support .should I go in front of a judge or just sign the agreement with the case worker?

Payment would be 135 weekly I make 430 net weekly. I pay 225 rent weekly in a motel.

Brandon M Haubert
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Brandon M Haubert
answered on May 22, 2017

If you want to counterclaim for visitation, you should. If you net 430 and have 2 children you should pay 135 a week in child support. Do you have any other child support you are paying? If so, that may lower it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Arkansas on
Q: I am wanting to file for divorce, but I moved home with my kids to Arkansas and he still lives in Oklahoma.

Will I have to file in Oklahoma?

Stefan K. McBride
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Stefan K. McBride
answered on Mar 15, 2017

You can file for divorce in Arkansas after living here 60 days, but Arkansas will not have jurisdiction over the children until you have lived here for six months.

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