In Oklahoma divorces and other family law cases, child custody and support are weighty and sensitive issues that can quickly become major points of contention. Oftentimes, the anger, bitterness, and enmity that arises during these proceedings are rooted in fear of the unknown: fear that you could lose time with your child, the authority to make decisions about their upbringing, or even physical custody itself—and that your relationship with them will suffer as a result. You may also be concerned about the support you'll pay or receive, or protecting your child from unsafe environments or abuse.
At the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, we understand what's at stake, and we're here to help. Our team of extensively-trained and highly-skilled family law attorneys has aided countless clients in crafting the child custody and support agreements that are right for them and their children or helped them achieve their goals in the courtroom. If you're facing a contentious child custody or support legal battle, we may be able to do the same for you. Here's what you need to know about child custody and support in Oklahoma, including how our attorneys can assist you in protecting your child, your rights, and your future.
Decisions Made With Your Child's Best Interests in Mind
Oklahoma law requires that all child custody decisions be made in the best interests of the child (or children) at the center of the dispute. Though the court sometimes makes exceptions if a child's safety is at risk, generally, this means frequent and continuing contact with both parents after a separation or divorce, as well as shared parental rights and responsibilities.
How these rights and responsibilities are divided can vary. For example, if you and your co-parent can table tensions and work together to reach an agreement regarding these matters, the court will likely approve it—IF it concurs that the decisions made appear to be in your child's best interests. Otherwise, the court will step in to decide these hugely important matters for you—and its idea of what's best for your child may differ significantly from your own. Our attorneys can help you negotiate a fair agreement or fight for your rights at trial.
Types of Child Custody in Oklahoma
Child custody agreements and court orders determine more than just where your child will stay and when—they also dictate who has the legal authority to make decisions on their behalf.
Joint custody arrangements, in which both parents share legal (decision-making) custody to varying degrees, are common in Oklahoma. However, in high-conflict cases where communication between parents is poor or one of the parents displays poor judgment, the court may decide that it's appropriate to award the other parent sole custody. Even when one parent has sole custody, the non-custodial parent may be awarded supervised or unsupervised visitation rights and have access to child-related academic and medical records.
Oklahoma Child Support Basics
In Oklahoma, child support payments are based on income and statutory guidelines, though a judge can impose a different payment amount if the situation warrants it. The court will consider a number of factors when making its decision, including:
- Each parent's income and earning potential
- Number of children
- How much time the child (or children) spend with each parent
- Support paid or received for children from other relationships
- Child care costs
- Health care costs
Our attorneys can help you fight for fair support payments that enable your child to thrive.
Child Custody and Support Matters We Resolve
At the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, we help clients resolve a wide variety of issues related to child custody and support, including those involving:
- Parental rights
- Child abuse and emergencies
- Protective orders for victims of domestic violence
- Interstate or international moves or parental abductions
- Same-sex custody
- Child support and custody appeals
- Guardianships of minor children
Skillful, Effective Representation for Oklahoma Child Custody & Support Cases
Child custody and support conflicts can be difficult for parents and children alike. Fortunately, we can help. In addition to providing the attentive, personalized, and results-focused representation needed to successfully resolve your child custody and support issues, we can also direct you to high-quality, third-party resources like child counselors and psychologists—and then work with those professionals to craft a cohesive plan that meets your needs as well as the court's standards.
Want to learn more about how we can help you? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a private consultation.