Oklahoma City Child Custody Lawyer

Divorce & Child Custody

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce involves child custody and visitation. Due to the fact that the outcome of your divorce proceedings will impact your relationship with your child for years to come, it's essential that you enlist the services of an Oklahoma City child custody attorney from Elizabeth A. Richards Attorney at Law.

With 26 years of experience, attorney Richards has been serving the residents of Oklahoma City with a variety of legal matters. We know the family court system inside and out and have developed critical relationships with local-area judges and courtroom personnel.

Best Interests of the Child

The Oklahoma courts may award custody to one or both parents; however, all custody determinations are made on the "best interests of the child." While it's ideal for parents to work out a child custody and visitation arrangement that they can agree upon, this doesn't always happen.

In cases where the parents cannot come to terms on a child custody arrangement or when one parent is alleging that the other parent is abusive, has a substance abuse or alcohol dependency, or otherwise unfit to care for the child and provide a stable environment, then the court may have to step in and make a decision for them. When deciding upon what's in the child's best interests, the court will consider:

  • The age and health of both parties
  • The child's preference
  • The existing relationship between the child and each parent
  • Which parent is most likely to allow and encourage frequent and continuous contact with the other parent
  • Each parent's ability to support the child
  • Any history of domestic violence or child abuse
  • Any history of drug or alcohol abuse

The court will either adopt the proposed joint custody arrangement or detailed parenting plan or it will modify or reject the proposed joint custody arrangement. In cases where a parent has been convicted of domestic violence, then the court presumes that a joint custody arrangement isn't in the child's best interests. However, the court may consider supervised visitation if it is found to be in the best interests of the child.

Child custody arrangements are subject to a modification when the parent can prove there has been a significant change in circumstances that would be in the best interests of the child.

For additional information about child custody, contact our firm today!

Elizabeth A. Richards

Attorney at Law

Elizabeth A. Richards Attorney at Law - Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer
Located at 112 West Commerce Street Oklahoma City, OK 73109. View Map
Phone: (405) 788-4662
Local Phone: (405) 319-9696.

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