The primary factor used to determine child custody in Oklahoma is the best interests of the child.
Of course, there are various things to consider when determining this, and each case will be different. The judge will consider the following (and more) when deciding the case:
- The wishes of the child (depending on the child’s age)
- The relationship each parent has with the child
- The relationship the child has with relatives or other important people in the family’s life
- The child’s involvement with the community (religious activities, extracurricular activities, etc.)
- Each parent’s mental and physical abilities
- Any history of abuse with either parent
- Any history of substance abuse with either parent
- Any criminal history with either parent
- Which parent can provide the safest home environment
- The willingness of each parent to cooperate with the other parent
- Each parent’s financial abilities
- Each parent’s ability to make good decisions for the child
- Each parent’s ability to spend time with the child
What is an Unfit Parent in Oklahoma?
A parent is unfit for custody in Oklahoma if that parent cannot provide a safe place for the child. Various factors will be used to determine if a parent is unfit including:
- Drug and/or alcohol dependence
- Domestic violence
- Convicted of a sexual offense
- Child abuse or neglect
If you have additional questions about custody in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to contact our firm.
Oklahoma Child Custody Laws
Child custody is determined by the best interests of the child. The terms "custody" and "visitation" have been replaced by terms "parenting time" and "residential schedule" with the implementation of new laws designed to sound less adversarial and with the goal of having both parents involved in their children's lives.
By talking to an experienced family law attorney, you can understand the Oklahoma child custody laws, the family court system, and what the court is likely to decide or approve. If you need to have a court order changed, you will also need someone who understands the modification process.
Any decision you make about your child is important. If you have questions or concerns about child custody, visitation, parenting time, or child support, we can help guide you through the process. We will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in any way possible.
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