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Practice Area

01. Family Law

Divorce Representation

Miller County, Little River County, Sevier County,

Hempstead County, Howard County, Nevada County, Benton County, & Washington County 

Whether you have several small children and high-assets, no children or adult children and have acquired very little in terms of assets, or you find yourself somewhere in-between those two situations, we stand ready to fight for you every step of the way.  We have experience in handling all of the above, and we pride ourselves on providing the strong representation and competent counsel needed at one of the most emotionally charged times in a client's life.

Olivia Sheppard's style of divorce litigation can be summed up in this quote:

"There is a time to be tough; a time to be adamant; a time to be open to compromise; and a time to reach an agreement."

Our firm compromises and reaches an agreement when it is the right time; when it is in the best interest of our client, the person we are passionately advocating for on a given day.  But, we have no problem compromising and agreeing when it's in the client's best interest.  All other times, our firm is tough and adamant.  Client's children are on the line and their property they have worked hard to acquire is also on the line.  That makes fighting for clients in a divorce a naturally easy concept for us.

One of the first questions asked by a potential client is "how much will this cost?"  A divorce can be relatively pain-free and inexpensive if both spouses can come to a reasonable agreement based on the facts of their situation from the outset.  If both parties come in with unreasonable expectations and demands, the divorce can quickly become costly and more complex a case to litigate.

Olivia A. Sheppard offers legal representation in divorce cases in all Arkansas counties.  She frequently appears in Little River County, Miller County, Hempstead County, Nevada County, and Sevier County.

Beginning in 2020, Ms. Sheppard has expanded her divorce practice to be more inclusive of individuals in Northwest Arkansas seeking divorce representation including those in Benton and Washington Counties.  Ms. Sheppard now accepts a limited number of consultations per month for divorce cases at our Bentonville, Arkansas location.  To book a consultation with Olivia A. Sheppard at our Bentonville, Arkansas location for a divorce case in Washington or Benton County, click here or call (870) 860-7084.

To book a consultation with Olivia A. Sheppard at our Texarkana, Arkansas location or to schedule a consultation by phone or via zoom video conference, click here or call (870) 860-7084.

Custody & Order Enforcement and Modification

Miller County, Little River County, Sevier County,

Hempstead County, Howard County, Nevada County, Benton County, & Washington County 

Custody cases are the second-largest case type we handle in our family law practice.  From paternity actions to Order Enforcement and Modifications, we offer services to clients including advising on rights under current orders and whether or not pursuing enforcement or modification is a viable option.  If pursuing an enforcement or modification action is an option, we can be retained to represent you.

Arkansas law allows parties to come back to the court to have prior orders modified, but only under certain conditions.  For instance, as one example only, child support obligations fluctuate as an obligated party's income increases by 10% or $100/month.  An action for modification of the child support order must be brought to have the support amount raised.

Modifications of custody are more complex.  There must be a showing of a material change of a condition substantially affecting the interest and welfare of the child.  The drafters of this statutory language were clear, a minor change in circumstances is not enough to change the custody order.  The argument falls somewhere in between.  It's often clear when things barely affect children and clear when things definitely affect children, but the litigation ensues when parties disagree as to whether circumstances substantially affect the interest of the child.

The life of a family law case from beginning to end is often a long road, because though the case may end, you or the other parent may consider reopening the lawsuit again at some point to seek to enforce or seek to modify the order in place or even to seek to have the other party held in contempt of court.  Because of the unique nature of the longevity of family law cases, it is important to find a family lawyer that you are comfortable with and who you know that you can count on to be with you for the long haul.  You will grow tired and weary of telling your story and building a rapport with new lawyers if you jump from one to the next throughout your child's years as a minor.

 

Olivia A. Sheppard offers representation of clients in custody cases in all Arkansas counties. Sheppard frequently appears in Little River County, Miller County, Hempstead County, Nevada County, and Sevier County.

Beginning in 2020, Ms. Sheppard has expanded her child custody practice to be more inclusive of individuals in Northwest Arkansas seeking to child custody representation including those in Benton and Washington Counties.  Ms. Sheppard now accepts a limited number of consultations per month for child custody cases at our Bentonville, Arkansas location.  To book a consultation with Olivia A. Sheppard at our Bentonville, Arkansas location for a child custody case in Washington or Benton County, click here or call (870) 860-7084.

To book a consultation with Olivia A. Sheppard at our Texarkana, Arkansas location or to schedule a consultation by phone or via zoom video conference, click here or call (870) 860-7084.

Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements

We offer pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreement services to clients who are either living in, moving to or getting married in and planning to remain residing in Arkansas.  You must discuss your living arrangement plans, like whether you plan to stay in your current city and state or whether a move across the country is in your future, with your nuptial planning attorney to make sure your pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement will be enforced should you divorce.

 

It’s also important to recognize that these services are available to you if you are already married.  It may be that you and your spouse married hastily and made the decision to deal with transactional aspects of your marriage upon returning from your honeymoon.  Maybe dealing with the time dedication it takes to speak with an attorney and review drafts was not something you were willing to do before marriage, but both you and your spouse know your situation demands a comprehensive marital agreement be put in place.  Maybe you have been married over several decades, but one of you has agreed to take on a business endeavor with others who are not comfortable taking the plunge without all married co-owners securing interests in the start-up from spouses in the event of a divorce.  There are indeed many reasons couples need to have post-nuptial agreements put in place, and we offer drafting services of post-nuptial agreements in the same flat-fee style as pre-nuptial agreement services. 

 

Gone are the days when pre-nuptial agreements were reserved for the mega-wealthy only.  We aim to prepare our clients for the legal implications of marriage in the same way they may turn to their pastor for marriage counseling on the spiritual implications of marriage or their economic advisor on the financial implications of marriage.  After consulting with an attorney at Olivia Sheppard Attorney at Law, PLLC, clients know what he or she can expect may happen in the event of a divorce and the many “what ifs” that can be eliminated by the execution of a pre-nuptial agreement between the client and his or her spouse.  A well-drafted pre-nuptial agreement is intended to eliminate as much conflict as possible should the couple ever end their marriage; a welcomed consolation during a tumultuous time.

 

Some topics we discuss and consider when advising clients on the need for pre-nuptial agreements include:

 

·     Whether either spouse has children from a previous relationship;

·     Whether either spouse has ownership in a business;

·     Whether one spouse is coming into the marriage with more wealth;

·     Whether one spouse is coming into the marriage with more debt; or

·     Whether either spouse stands to inherit during the marriage.

 

We have found that the most client-friendly way to offer our pre-nuptial agreement and post-nuptial agreement services is as a flat-fee package.  Our flat-fee package will be discussed in great detail during an initial consultation. 

 

I think I may need a prenup.  What will the process be?

 

The first step of the process is scheduling a consultation for us to answer any preliminary questions the client may have and for the attorney to decipher terms what will best fit the needs the client's prenup or postnup.  This is an important part of the process because the prenup or postnup is drafted based on the goals articulated by the client during this call. 

 

The next step in our process is a detailed client intake. We send the intake to the client electronically and ask that the client submit his or her answers as soon as possible. Upon review of your submitted answers, we may have follow up questions for you.  If we do, we will give you a call.  If we do not have a follow up question for you, we will proceed in drafting your custom pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement.

 

Upon completion of drafting the custom pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, we will send it to the client for his or her initial review. We ask that the client and his or her fiancé read and discuss the pre-nuptial agreement.  After their opportunity to read and review the agreement, we ask that the client schedule a follow-up call with us to make sure the client understands the terms of the agreement and to ascertain whether any changes are needed.

 

We will then finalize the pre-nuptial agreement based on our follow-up conversation(s), and we will send to the client for signature electronically and provide a paper copy for signature in our office. Whichever the client chooses, we request a signed copy for the client’s file in our office.

 

We encourage clients to have their spouses consider hiring an attorney to review the agreement on his or her behalf.  Due to attorney ethics rules, we cannot advise a client’s spouse in any way.  

 

Our flat-fee services do not include negotiation on a client’s behalf with another attorney, should a client’s spouse hire an attorney who engages in negotiation.  A client would need to engage us on a traditional hourly billable basis if this were to be the circumstance, which can be discussed in great detail during the initial consultation prior to engaging us on any basis, whether flat fee or hourly based. 

 

Will everyone know we have a prenup?

 

No.  Everything a potential client or client says to us relating to potential representation or representation regarding pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements is confidential.  Translation:  If you call to ask about a prenup, it's confidential.  If you hire us to draft your prenup, it's confidential.  No one will ever know about it unless you or your spouse decide to tell others.  The pre-nuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement will not be filed as public record at the courthouse unless you get a divorce, at which time it will likely be made an exhibit to your divorce pleadings.  The decision to enter into a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement and what all it covers is between you and your spouse.  Each couple is faced with completely different sets of circumstances.  No two couples face the same exact situation when it comes to subjects like children, assets, expected inheritance, retirement benefits, debt, and business ownership interests.  Even more, gray divorce is reaching record highs, and individuals who divorce and marry a second time in their elder age have even more reasons to engage with a pre-nuptial agreement. 

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We understand that family is everything.  We know that because family is everything, your family matter can't wait.  Schedule your consultation for your divorce, custody, or order enforcement or modification today by either scheduling online here or by calling (870) 860-7084.