Child Custody Lawyers in Rogers County Create Fair Parenting Plans
Claremore attorneys advise divorcing clients on relevant Oklahoma standards
Parents who live apart due to a divorce or some other reason should always concentrate on creating a supportive environment for their sons and daughters. From our office in Claremore, Price and Sears, P.C. handles custody and visitation issues for northeast Oklahoma clients, blending a deep knowledge of the relevant law and a commitment to relieving the emotional burden on families. We assist with concerns over decision-making, residence, visitation, modifications to existing arrangements and the rights grandparents have if a dispute over access exists.
Accomplished firm sets up arrangements for legal and physical custody
When parents divorce, we make sure that our clients have a clear understanding of the pertinent laws relating to:
- Legal custody — This refers to the authority parents have to make important decisions on their children’s behalf.
- Physical custody — If one parent is awarded primary physical custody, their son or daughter will live most of the time in that home. However, a parenting time schedule will usually include frequent stays at the other residence as well.
- Sole and joint custody arrangements — Legal custody is usually granted jointly so that each parent can have a say in matters relating to medical treatment, religious upbringing and educational options. Depending on your particular circumstances, we can advise if joint physical custody is a good idea or if a situation exists that might necessitate sole legal custody.
Often, everyone benefits when the parties can reach an agreement on a parenting plan without resorting to the court. We represent parties effectively during custody negotiations and mediations to increase the likelihood of a result that works for everyone.
How is child custody decided in Oklahoma?
Each young person is unique, and a judge can look at any factor to reach a conclusion regarding custody arrangements. Frequently, courts will consider:
- The relationships between the child and each parent
- Parental fitness, including any history of substance abuse or domestic violence
- Maintaining a son or daughter’s ties to their school, church and community
- The child’s wishes, if he or she is of appropriate age
As experienced family law attorneys, we can help you anticipate which factors will be most important if your custody case goes before a judge.
Legal advisers assist with visitation and parenting time schedules
We work to establish, fair, detailed parenting time schedules to avoid potential disputes about holidays, vacations and transportation. Sometimes, people use visitation in an attempt to resolve child support disputes and vice versa. If you have a problem with your co-parent’s failure to pay child support or refusal to allow ordered visitation, the proper action is to seek an appropriate court order rather than improvising a sanction.
Dedicated litigators handle relocation and other modification proceedings
Circumstances such as a job change, family illness or new relationship might spur a custodial parent to relocate with their child. If someone intends to relocate 75 miles or more from their current home, they must either get consent from the other parent or court approval. As with initial child custody determinations, judges decide on relocation petitions and other proposed modifications based on what they believe to be in the child’s best interests.
Family lawyers counsel on grandparent visitation issues
In certain situations, grandparents have the ability to obtain visitation rights. However, a child’s parents have primary legal authority, so if their nuclear family is intact, they can prevent grandparents from visiting their son or daughter. If the parents no longer share the same home due to a divorce, death or other circumstance, our firm can evaluate whether a court might hold that ordering grandparent visitation is warranted..
Contact an experienced Oklahoma child custody attorney for a free consultation
Price and Sears, P.C. in Claremore advises Oklahoma clients on child custody and visitation issues. To schedule a free consultation, please call 918-379-4676 or contact us online.