Stillwater Child Custody Attorney
Fighting For The Best Interest of Your Children
Retaining a compassionate and experienced child custody attorney is an important step in ensuring your child’s or children’s well-being during the difficult process of divorce or paternity proceedings. We protect your children’s best interests while ensuring you are properly prepared to navigate the process with confidence and reach the most ideal resolution.
Do you have questions regarding child custody laws in Oklahoma? We have answers. Below you'll find information regarding sole and joint custody, how custody is determined in the state of Oklahoma (what factors are used), and how custody orders might be modified. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact our Stillwater firm.
Oklahoma State Joint & Sole Child Custody Laws
Joint Custody in Oklahoma
Custody is defined in Oklahoma statute Title. 43 §112. Joint legal custody occurs when both parents share in the responsibilities of making decisions that will affect their child’s upbringing, such as education, medical decisions, and more.
Joint custody arrangements can require a parenting plan which will require a judge’s signoff. These plans may consist of visitation schedules, school attendance, decisions concerning health care and education, and more.
Sole Custody in Oklahoma
Sole legal custody means that only one of those parents will have to make those decisions.
"Birdnesting" in Oklahoma
The state also recognizes split custody decisions and "birdnesting," or when a child or children stay in a single home and both parents rotate their time in that home on a set schedule.
How Is Child Custody Determined?
Oklahoma's child custody laws are adapted from the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, or UCCJEA. It takes into account a wide variety of factors. The goal in a child custody matter, however, is to make sure that the child’s best interests are looked after.
Some of the factors involved in determining child custody include:
- History of abuse
- Stability of circumstances
- Who provides primary care
- Where the children have the most ties
- How long the parents work per day
- Children’s preference
What Constitutes an Unfit Parent in Oklahoma?
If a parent is unable or unwilling to provide the necessary care, protection, and support to a child, then Oklahoma might deem that parent as “unfit”. There are a couple of specific situations that would constitute a parent as “unfit”:
- If a parent or someone the parent is living with has been convicted of domestic abuse within the last 5 years, then that parent is considered “unfit.”
- If a parent or someone the parent is living with has been convicted of a crime against children (abuse, neglect, kidnapping, rape, etc.), then that parent is considered “unfit”.
Can Child Custody Be Modified?
Child custody can be modified if circumstances change and it is no longer in the best interest of the child to leave things as they are. From start to finish, you can count on our team to provide you with the support and information you need. We are passionate about making sure our clients have thoroughly explored all their options and been given the resources necessary to have the best chance at success. We are available to answer your questions and address your concerns whenever you have them.
Prioritizing the Needs of Your Child
Perhaps no matter is more important in a divorce than making sure your children are fully taken care of. Unfortunately, many times both parents cannot come to an agreement on how this should be accomplished. Whether you and the other parent are on the same page about raising your children, or if you need legal help to come to an agreement, you can trust Campbell Law Office, PLLC.
Our founding attorney, Alyssa Campbell, is backed by more than 15 years of experience. Over the years, she has helped countless families in Stillwater, OK and the surrounding areas resolve difficult issues and pursue what is best for their loved ones. Alyssa Campbell, can help guide you through this process. Our role is to be both advocate and counselor. We advocate aggressively for clients' rights and stand up for them when they can’t stand up for themselves. While we firmly believe that attending mediation and working through the decisions with the client is best, we also believe in being realistic, which is why we stand by their side, no matter what path the case may take. Our clients need someone to listen to them and someone who can tell them the best way to respond to difficult situations. They need resources and we try to help them find those as well. We want all of our clients to understand the law, the process, their case, their rights, and their options.
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