Protecting Clients’ Parental Rights While Also Advocating For What Is In The Best Interest Of The Children
Sorting out child custody can be daunting and stressful. You want what’s best for your children, and you want to remain involved in their lives in a meaningful way. At Kuykendall & Broyles Law, PLLC, we can help you navigate custody issues with skill and compassion.
Our lawyers draw on more than 40 years of collective experience to help people reach favorable custody arrangements. We know that nothing is more important to you than your children, and we will work hard to protect them. From our office in Norman, we handle custody cases statewide, including custody for divorcing couples as well as unmarried parents.
Types Of Custody In Oklahoma
There are two aspects of child custody:
- Legal custody refers to decision-making authority over major aspects of the child’s life. Joint custody is typically appropriate unless one parent is unfit.
- Physical custody refers to where the child lives and how much time they spend with each parent. With joint physical custody, the child spends a substantial amount of time with both parents.
Our lawyers can help you address both types of custody to arrive at an arrangement that works best for your unique situation.
How Do Oklahoma Courts Decide Custody?
If your case ends up in court, the judge will look closely at your situation to determine a custody arrangement that is in the child’s (or children’s) best interests. The court will closely analyze factors such as:
- The parental fitness of both parties, including their ability to provide a safe, stable environment for the children
- Each parent’s involvement in the child’s life – for example, bringing them to school, doctor’s appointments and the like
- Each parent’s home situation, including proximity to school and extended family
- Any history of substance abuse or domestic violence
These and other relevant factors are also what mediators and custody evaluators will take into account when making recommendations.
Addressing Your Child Custody Concerns
Talk to one of our attorneys about your child custody situation. We would be happy to discuss your options, and how we can help, during a free initial consultation. Contact us through the website or call 405-253-4210 to get started.