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Family Law | Custody & Visitation

In Oklahoma, child custody is defined as child-rearing parental rights. This includes education, health care decisions and religion, among other factors. One form of custody is visitation/time sharing. The courts will look to consider the best interests of children when determining child custody. Generally speaking, the arrangement will be either joint or sole.

Tulsa Child Custody Attorneys

In Oklahoma, child custody is defined as child-rearing parental rights. This includes education, health care decisions and religion, among other factors. One form of custody is visitation/time sharing. The courts will look to consider the best interests of children when determining child custody. Generally speaking, the arrangement will be either joint or sole.

Parents who have joint custody will contribute to a portion or all aspects of decision-making and custody. When parents agree to a joint child custody plan, all details are defined with respect to what responsibilities will be shared.

In a sole custody arrangement a single party has exclusive control. In most cases, this arrangement will include visitation with the noncustodial parent, as applicable.

In rare cases, the court will award split custody or divided custody. In the former case, each parent will be awarded custody of individual children from their relationship. In the latter case, parents rotate out of a home on a schedule, generally speaking.

If you are working through any custody or family law issue, it is important to retain the experience and advocacy of a skilled legal team so that you can reach a best possible outcome for your unique situation.

Tulsa Visitation Lawyers

A form of custody, visitation is the colloquial word for the legal phrase "time sharing." This refers to the actual physical possession of a child(ren). When it comes to awarding time sharing, the court will always look at what is in the best interests of children. There are obviously concrete variables dealing with these issues. Generally speaking the court's policy is to foster frequent and continuing contact with parents.

In many cases, families understand what is in the best interests of children and can come up with a schedule with which the court agrees. However, in some cases, it is necessary to litigate these issues. It goes without saying that a relationship with a child is of immense importance. If you and your loved ones are working through time-sharing issues, we are prepared to put our comprehensive knowledge to work for you.

Custody And Support Modifications

It goes without saying that families are constantly changing and growing. This growth often leads to situations that a family law judgment did not account for and does not reflect the current needs of the family. Fortunately, it is possible to modify an existing order if you are able to demonstrate to the court the necessary factors for which it is merited. This may include:

Custody — A parent may successfully modify the current custody schedule if he or she is able to demonstrate to the court that it isn't in the child's best interests to maintain the current schedule. The court will look at various factors including the child's cognitive, emotional and educational well-being and opportunities.

Relocation —A parent may relocate a child or children to an location more than 75 miles away for more than 60 days if he or she complies with the relocation law, and is able to demonstrate that it is in the best interests of the child. As with a custody modification, a relocation may result in changes to the financial, educational or emotional needs of the child, all of which must be agreed upon or determined by the Court.

Support (child or spousal) — A parent or spouse may seek a modification if there has been a substantial change in circumstances such that the previous schedule is no longer viable for the payer and recipient.

We have worked on these and related issues for more than half a century. Our lawyers will work directly with you to understand your issues and help you reach a resolution in the most efficient and effective way. We encourage you to get in touch.

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