Franklin County, AR Adoption Lawyers


Craig Lewis Cook

Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Workers' Compensation, Social Security
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

Christopher Dewitt Brockett

Estate, Real Estate, Tax, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Dena L. Stobaugh

Government, Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years

Lonnie C. Turner

Government
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  50 Years
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Paul A. Efurd

General Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  23 Years

Heather L. Patton

General Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  12 Years

Neva B. Witt

General Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Lynn Manning Flynn

General Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

Eric W. Soller

General Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  20 Years

John Paul Verkamp

Government
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE

In some states, a type of marriage in which couples can become legally married by living together for a long period of time, representing themselves as a marrie... (more...)
In some states, a type of marriage in which couples can become legally married by living together for a long period of time, representing themselves as a married couple and intending to be married. Contrary to popular belief, the couple must intend to be married and act as though they are for a common law marriage to take effect -- merely living together for a long time won't do it.

PALIMONY

A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other afte... (more...)
A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after they break up.

RESPONDENT

A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must r... (more...)
A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must respond to the petitioner's complaint.

POT TRUST

A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One impor... (more...)
A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One important advantage of a pot trust over separate trusts is that it allows the trustee to provide for one child's unforeseen need, such as a medical emergency. But a pot trust can also make the trustee's life difficult by requiring choices about disbursing funds to the various children. A pot trust ends when the youngest child reaches a certain age, usually 18 or 21.

HOME STUDY

An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial s... (more...)
An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial stability, marital stability, lifestyles and other social factors, physical and mental health and criminal history.

ABANDONMENT (OF A CHILD)

A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the ch... (more...)
A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the child abandoned by that parent and order that person's parental rights terminated. Abandonment also describes situations in which a child is physically abandoned -- for example, left on a doorstep, delivered to a hospital or put in a trash can. Physically abandoned children are usually placed in orphanages and made available for adoption.

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (TRO)

An order that tells one person to stop harassing or harming another, issued after the aggrieved party appears before a judge. Once the TRO is issued, the court ... (more...)
An order that tells one person to stop harassing or harming another, issued after the aggrieved party appears before a judge. Once the TRO is issued, the court holds a second hearing where the other side can tell his story and the court can decide whether to make the TRO permanent by issuing an injunction. Although a TRO will often not stop an enraged spouse from acting violently, the police are more willing to intervene if the abused spouse has a TRO.

PREMARITAL AGREEMENT

An agreement made by a couple before marriage that controls certain aspects of their relationship, usually the management and ownership of property, and sometim... (more...)
An agreement made by a couple before marriage that controls certain aspects of their relationship, usually the management and ownership of property, and sometimes whether alimony will be paid if the couple later divorces. Courts usually honor premarital agreements unless one person shows that the agreement was likely to promote divorce, was written with the intention of divorcing or was entered into unfairly. A premarital agreement may also be known as a 'prenuptial agreement.'

JOINT CUSTODY

An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a... (more...)
An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a say in decisions affecting the child) joint physical custody (in which the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents) or, very rarely, both.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Adoption of MKC

On October 15, 2007, Appellant filed a petition for the adoption of MKC The petition stated that Appellant is the biological mother of the child. It further alleged that no father had been involved in the life of the child, and after an inquiry was sent 606 to the Arkansas Department of ...

Hendrix v. Black

... They sought to set aside the adoption and obtain a visitation order. ... 9-9-215(a)(1) (Supp.2005). Section 9-9-215(a)(1) [2] permits a court to grant grandparent visitation to the biological grandparents whose legal relationship to the child is cut off by the adoption. ...

King v. Ochoa

... Code Ann. § 9-9-204 (Repl.2002). We reverse and remand for consideration of the adoption petition on the merits. King is thirty-six years old and unmarried. ... Ochoa submitted her consent to King's adoption of the child on November 20, 2007. ...