Family Law Attorneys Serving Northwest Arkansas
Compassionate & Experienced Legal Representation
At Martin Attorneys, PA, our team of reputable and skilled attorneys is committed to helping clients navigate complicated family law matters. From divorce to child custody battles, our knowledgeable legal team is equipped with the extensive resources you need to build a strong case strategy to defend your best interests. If you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, then don’t hesitate to reach out to Martin Attorneys, PA to get legal advice from a compassionate family law attorney. We will gladly take the time to listen to all of your concerns and help you gain a clear understanding of the major issues that can impact your case.
Martin Attorneys, PA is a full-service law firm capable of assisting you with a wide variety of legal disputes involving family members, including:
- Child Custody
- and More
What is a Legal Marriage?
A legal marriage refers to a union between two individuals that is recognized and sanctioned by the law. It is a formal agreement that establishes the rights, responsibilities, and obligations between the spouses.
In most jurisdictions, including the United States, a legal marriage requires certain legal requirements to be met, such as:
Age Requirements: Both parties must meet the minimum age requirement specified by the law. The age requirement may vary depending on the jurisdiction, but generally, individuals must be at least 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
Consent: Both parties must willingly and voluntarily agree to enter into the marriage. Forced or coerced marriages are not considered legal.
License: Obtaining a marriage license is typically a prerequisite for a legal marriage. A marriage license is issued by a government authority, such as a county clerk's office, and serves as official permission to marry.
Ceremony: Most jurisdictions require a marriage ceremony to take place in the presence of an authorized individual, such as a religious official or a government-appointed officiant. The ceremony usually involves exchanging vows and signing the marriage license.
Registration: After the marriage ceremony, the marriage certificate or license must be filed or registered with the appropriate government authority to make the marriage legally recognized.
Considering Divorce? Speak to a Northwest Arkansas Divorce Lawyer.
Divorce is necessary when spouses decide they want to terminate their marriage contract. From a legal standpoint, divorce gives each spouse the right to marry someone else. A divorce also requires spouses to divide their assets and debts and determine custody of their children. If you and your spouse agree on everything regarding your divorce agreement, then you can file for an uncontested divorce.
Spouses in Arkansas have to prove fault if they want to divorce. The only form of “no-fault” divorce, is if the spouses have lived separate and apart for 18 months. When that occurs, either party may obtain a divorce, even if the other party does not consent to the divorce. The other common grounds for divorce in Arkansas are “general indignities.” This means that the at-fault party has made the other party’s life intolerable.
Northwest Arkansas Lawyers for Child Custody & Visitation
We know that child custody and visitation is often an ongoing source of conflict for divorcing parents. Judges in Arkansas consider the following factors when making child custody decisions:
- Which party has been the primary caregiver?
- Which party most likely to foster a good relationship with the non-custodial parent?
- Which party is most likely to care about the child’s academic performance?
- Are either parties addicted to drugs or alcohol?
- Has one of the parties been charged or convicted with a misdemeanor or felony?
Divorcing couples often tackle custody and visitation issues as soon as they separate, which why you should immediately consult with a lawyer at our firm if you need advice regarding child custody and visitation.