Providing a stable and healthy environment as well as creating supportive structures is critical to a child's well-being. No one knows this better than parents. Following a divorce, a paternity action or another third-party legal matter, these bonds are no less necessary.
When it comes to the establishment of custody and visitation, the court considers first and foremost what it believes to be the "best interests of the child." Barring extenuating circumstances, the court will seek to allow for ongoing relationships with both parents, as well as mutual control over decision-making.
At Gower Law Offices in Oklahoma City, we will help you identify the best interests of your children and work toward a solution that is best for them. We can also advocate for your parental rights in any disputes that arise. We know how important it is that you maintain strong relationships with your kids.
Understanding The Various Types Of Custody
It is important to realize that there are actually many separate layers to custody and visitation in Oklahoma. This includes:
- Physical custody — the child's place of residence whether it be at one parent's residence or both
- Legal custody — the parent, or parents, who will make decisions
- Visitation/parenting time — the time that a noncustodial parent spends with a child
Depending on the unique circumstances of a family, this can break down into various combinations.
If you are working through these issues in Oklahoma City, or in the surrounding areas, our attorney and team are prepared to bring more than a decade of family law experience to work to help you resolve them in the best possible way.
Additionally, we understand that a family's needs grow and change. In the event that you seek a modification to an existing custody or visitation order, we are prepared to bring our experience to work on that, as well.
Let's Discuss Your Unique Parenting Situation Today
To reach out and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss custody and visitation and related issues with child custody lawyer Dustin Gower, call 405-562-5652.