Oklahoma City Child Custody Attorney

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At Burr Law Offices, PLLC, we will vigorously represent your rights and interests when it comes to family law matters in the Oklahoma City area. Perhaps the most difficult thing about two parents parting ways is no longer getting to spend every day with your child. As hard as that reality is, child custody, visitation arrangements, and court orders can help maintain close bonds and provide a stable environment for your child. 

In many child custody cases, the parents may negotiate a suitable custody and visitation agreement through their attorneys and submit it for court approval. When the other party won’t act responsibly for your child’s best interest, it may be necessary to get a hearing and judge’s ruling on the issue. 

That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced Oklahoma City child custody and visitation attorney on your custody case.

To learn more about how our attorney can fight for your right to fair custody of your child, call (405) 357-9156 or contact us online to book your free consultation with no obligation. 

Key Child Custody Issues in Oklahoma

The majority of child custody matters involve some level of joint custody. That means both parents enjoy equal decision-making on significant issues such as health care, education, nutrition, curfew, extracurriculars, and religious affiliation—among others. However, rarely are both parents on 100% equal footing, so you should keep these legal positions in mind when making a custody arrangement. 

It’s imperative that you make a compelling custody case as to why you should have custody or maximum visitation rights.

Courts Will Decide What Is in the Best Interests of the Children

The three main types of parental custody available in the state of Oklahoma are: 

  • Joint: Having joint custody means that you are on equal footing in terms of parenting. Neither parent has greater legal rights, and the non-custodial parent generally has defined visitation privileges. This can be flexible in instances where parents work together at a practical level; however, visitation schedules are enforceable.
  • Sole: In rare custody cases, one parent may be given sole custody of one or more minor children. This is often due to an unfit parent that poses a danger to the child. Things such as substance abuse, alcoholism, criminal behavior, or moral turpitude can result in the court either temporarily or permanently granting sole custody.
  • Split: When more than one child is involved in custody negotiations, the court might decide that one sibling lives the majority of the time with one parent while another sibling lives with the other parent. In such arrangements, parents will likely still have legal rights to their children even if they have limited physical custody. Split custody is unusual but may be granted in some child custody cases.

Visitation Rights

Non-custodial parents generally enjoy defined visitation schedules when parents split. The courts in Oklahoma favor a strong parent-child bond and reasonable visitation supports that idea. These may also account for work schedules and other practical life issues. 

What is important for non-custodial parents to keep in mind is that court-ordered visitation schedules are written in stone. The custodial parent does not have the right to deny you or change your parent-child time. If they do, a contempt of court complaint can be filed. If they persist, you may be entitled to petition the court for a change in placement. Visitation rights are non-negotiable.

In cases where both parents or either parent of the child is deceased, a grandparents or grandparent can apply to the Family Court or Supreme Court for visitation rights.

Learn more information about grandparent rights in Oklahoma.

Work With an Experienced Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer in Oklahoma

Many parents choose to work together for the child’s welfare. But when the other party is unreasonable, our family law firm is ready to take them to court and litigate the issue. If you are facing a child custody or visitation issue, contact the Burr Law Offices for a consultation.

Call (405) 357-9156 or contact us online to learn more during a free case evaluation. We speak English and Khmer. Same-day appointments are available. 

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