Protecting Your Interests & Children
The court will prefer the recently divorced couple work out custody and visitation rights on their own. This can be done between the two, through mediation, or through an attorney.
If an agreement cannot be made the court will step in and work on the principle of what the court believes to be the best interests of the children in question. The court will take the safety and health of the child into account.
This may include issues such as whether or not there has ever been a case of neglect, sexual abuse, or violence committed on the child as well as which parent may have been the person most involved with upbringing and care of the children. In many families, these responsibilities have been shared and every aspect of the children's future must be evaluated in pursuing the best interests of the children.
Oklahoma law works on the basic assumption that most parents who are obtaining a divorce will share custody, responsibility, and the financial aspects of the child. This does not necessarily mean that the child custody will be equally split in terms of time spent with the child. Conservatorship means all of the duties related to raising the child not just time sent with him / her.
Examples of rights which may be distributed (equally or not) include consulting with doctors or teachers, making important healthcare and education decisions, and others.
If you or a loved one is facing child custody issued, our law office wants to hear your side of the story.
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