Campbell v. Campbell

In Campbell v. Campbell, 336 Ark. 379, 985 S.W.2d 724 (1999), the court reversed an order changing custody from the children's father to their mother. The chancellor had modified the original custody order based on changed circumstances in the mother's life and the younger child's desire to live with his mother. After carefully examining the record, the court was unable to say that there had been a material change in circumstances warranting the removal of the children from the father's custody. In its ruling, the court observed that the children were functioning well in the father's custody, taking note of the chancellor's statement that the father had done an outstanding job in raising the children against tough odds. The court said that it would be wrong to uproot the children when the preponderant evidence showed that they were doing well.