When it comes to families dealing with child custody, emotions are often high. Adding children to any equation makes things even more challenging. You need a compassionate, knowledgeable, Oklahoma-based child custody attorney who can guide you through Oklahoma’s legal system.
What are the best interests of the child?
In child custody cases, several parties work to define and then act upon the child’s best interests. Each parent is carefully considered via a number of factors. These could include:
- The parent’s existing relationship with the child
- The parent’s ability to care for the child, financially and otherwise
- The parent’s educational background
- The parent’s criminal record
- The child’s special needs, if any
- The presence of extended family members in the child’s life
These are only a few of the many elements that might be considered. Ultimately, a judge may consider any factor when it comes to determining the best course for the child’s emotional and physical well-being.
Potential child custody situations include, but aren’t limited to:
- Paternity suits
- Legal separation
- Legal guardianship
- Juvenile delinquency
Child custody decisions in Oklahoma can take on several forms
Different combinations of legal and physical custody can be awarded in child custody cases. For example, a judge can establish joint custody, where each parent shares physical care for the child as well as legal guardianship. Or the judge can determine that one parent gets sole physical custody while both parents retain shared legal custody. Other combinations and parameters can be part of the final decision. These parameters can include supervised visitation or even total loss of parental rights for one or even both parents in extreme cases.
The bottom line is, you need an advocate to help you through this emotional time… one who will answer your questions and represent you in court if necessary. Contact Laird Hammons Laird for your free consultation.