Child Custody Lawyer in Oklahoma City
Don’t Miss Out on Your Son or Daughter’s Childhood
Child custody is one of the most challenging legal issues that a family can face. Whether you are going through a divorce or are involved in a paternity dispute, you need a skilled lawyer on your side who can fight to protect your parental rights. Jarman Law Office is here to provide you with the advice and support you require.
Child Custody Laws in Oklahoma
If you and your child’s other parent choose not to live together, you will need to determine what role each of you will play in your child’s life. Whom will the child live with? Who will be responsible for making decisions regarding the child’s care, health, education, and religion? When will the child spend time with the non-custodial parent? These are all questions that will be addressed during your child custody case.
In Oklahoma, child custody laws distinguish between 2 primary types of custody:
- Physical custody – When a parent has physical custody, it means that the child lives with that parent. In some cases, the parents share physical custody, and each parent spends a substantial amount of time with their child. Alternatively, one parent may have sole physical custody while the other parent has visitation rights, which gives that parent access to the child on certain days.
- Legal custody – Refers to a parent’s right to make major decisions for their child. A parent who has legal custody can choose where the child attends school, which religion they should participate in, and what medical treatment they should receive. Legal custody may either be granted to both parents (joint legal custody) or only one parent (sole legal custody).
How is Child Custody Determined in Oklahoma?
The overarching guideline the court uses in determining child custody cases is the “best interest of the child” standard. That means the top priority is the physical, mental, and moral welfare of the child. All other considerations are secondary.
The court considers many factors to determine a child’s best interest, including:
- The quality of the relationship each parent has with the child
- The child’s relationship with their grandparents
- The mental and physical health of all parties
- The presence of past or current child abuse
- Any history of domestic violence
- Any history of substance abuse by either parent
- Any past or present criminal convictions
- Which parent is mostly involved in the child’s education
- Each parent’s ability to spend time with the child
- The ability of each parent to provide a safe, stable home life
- The preferences of the child in certain circumstances
- The wishes of the parents
Standard Visitation Schedules in Oklahoma
Parents who can agree on a child custody arrangement may make a visitation schedule on their own, so long as it serves the best interest of the child. However, when parents cannot agree, the court will determine a visitation schedule for them. A visitation schedule will be decided based on a minimum guideline amount. In many cases, non-custodial parents are permitted to visit their child 1 weeknight per week and have overnight visits every other weekend (6:00 p.m. on Friday until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday). A visitation order will also delineate a schedule for holidays and summer vacation visits.
Get Help with Your Case Today
Jarman Law Office is here to help you successfully manage your child custody dispute. Our Oklahoma City child custody lawyer is eager to help you proceed with confidence throughout every stage of your case.
Call (405) 221-9696 today to get control of your child custody situation.