No one knows your children better than you do. Even the most conscientious judge making a child custody decision must rely on written briefs, witness testimony and reports from experts who also have limited time to get to know your children. So, it makes sense that it’s usually best when parents are in charge of formulating the custody plan for their children. At Butler & Flynn, PLLC in Oklahoma City, our family law attorneys help you understand child custody law, identify your goals, and pursue an outcome that is in the best interests of your children. Whether you feel your children might thrive under a shared custody plan or their welfare depends on you getting full custody, our experienced attorneys provide knowledgeable advice and determined advocacy.
Oklahoma divides child custody arrangements into two categories:
Each type of custody can be shared between the parents (joint custody) or held by one parent (sole or full custody). Parents can negotiate to come up with a plan that fits their particular situation and needs. Possible combinations include:
In custody determinations, court decisions are based on what is in the best interests of the child. When deciding what that entails, the court looks at factors such as:
When both parents are able to perform the duties of a primary caretaker, courts tend to favor joint custody arrangements. However, if there is a reason you must pursue full custody, our attorneys are ready to provide the aggressive litigation tactics you need to protect your children.
Parents may want to modify child custody plans based on the changing needs of their children as they grow, or in response to urgent situations. Under normal circumstances, you can expect to revisit your parenting plan every three years or so to make adjustments. However, you might also seek a modification if:
Parents can negotiate a new agreement and ask the court for approval, or litigate the matter in court.
Butler & Flynn, PLLC represents Oklahoma residents in child custody matters. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 405-416-2711 or contact us online. We are located in Oklahoma City near the Quail Springs Mall.