Child custody is a significant issue that arises during a divorce or separation where children are involved. In Oklahoma, the courts recognize several types of child custody arrangements, which can be granted depending on the circumstances of the case. In this article, we will discuss the types of child custody arrangements that are recognized in Oklahoma.
Legal custody is a type of custody that grants a parent the right to make important decisions about the child's life, such as education, healthcare, and religion. Legal custody can be joint or sole. Joint legal custody is where both parents share the decision-making responsibilities. On the other hand, sole legal custody is where only one parent has the authority to make major decisions.
Physical custody refers to where the child lives on a day-to-day basis. In Oklahoma, physical custody can be joint or sole. Joint physical custody is where both parents share time with the child based upon the terms of a visitation schedule, while sole physical custody is where one parent has primary custody, and the other parent has visitation rights.
Sole custody refers to a type of custody arrangement where one parent has both legal and physical custody of the child. The non-custodial parent may have visitation rights, but they do not have any decision-making power regarding the child's upbringing.
Joint custody is a type of custody arrangement where both parents share legal and/or physical custody of the child. Joint custody can be either joint legal custody or joint physical custody, or both.
Split custody is a type of custody arrangement where the children are split between the parents. For example, one parent may have custody of one child, while the other parent has custody of the other child. Split custody is rarely ordered by the court because it can be disruptive to the children's lives.
How Can Experienced Child Custody Attorneys Help?
Child custody cases can be complex, and the outcomes can have a significant impact on the children's lives. This is why it is crucial to hire experienced child custody attorneys who can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights as a parent.
At Outhier & Caruthers, PLLC, our experienced child custody attorneys understand the emotional and legal complexities of child custody cases. We will work with you to develop a strategy that protects your interests and the interests of your children. We will help you negotiate a favorable settlement or represent you in court if necessary.
We are committed to protecting your rights and your children's best interests. Contact us today at (580) 234-6600 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced child custody attorneys.