Child Custody Attorney Oklahoma

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Child custody is often the most emotional issue in any divorce.

We hear nervous questions from people every day. Will I lose custody? Will I get quality time with my kids? Will I have a say-so in my kids’ education and activities? Will I have to worry about leaving my children alone with my ex-spouse?

At Woodrow-Snell Law Firm, we will take the time to listen to your concerns and fully explain how Oklahoma laws affect your child custody and parenting rights. Whether you are thinking about seeking a divorce from your partner or you and your partner have already split and you would like to propose a new parenting arrangement, it is smart to educate yourself on Oklahoma’s child custody laws.

Child custody is regulated by Oklahoma state laws and is determined by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). This Act works to ensure all child custody cases are handled with the utmost care and respect and that all custody orders are enforced in every state.

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How is child custody decided in Oklahoma?

Courts will determine custody based on the child’s best interests, and there is no preference for awarding custody to the mother or the father.

Factors that can influence child custody:

  • The ability of parents to care for the child
  • How active each parent is in the child’s life
  • How well both parents communicate regarding the children
  • Any history of abuse or domestic violence
  • How many overnights the child will have with the parent
  • Relocation of a parent
  • What’s best for the child’s physical and moral well-being?
  • Which parent is most likely to allow the child frequent and continuous contact with the other parent?

Each case is unique and requires a customized approach when pursuing a favorable outcome.

Types of child custody in Oklahoma


Joint custody:

Mothers and fathers share legal and physical care of the children. By legal agreement, parents determine who is responsible for which aspects of their children’s care and upbringing, how much time is spent with either parent, where the children are with each parent and when, and who makes which individual or joint decisions about certain matters of the children’s upbringing.

Sole custody

One parent has 100 percent control over the children’s welfare, sometimes with visitation arrangements built in for the non-custodial parent. A father’s custody rights should not agree to such an arrangement favoring the mother unless there is a strong due cause, such as a history of addictions or abuse.

Split custody

In the case of two or more children, each parent is awarded custody of at least one child.

One home, rotating parents

Sometimes referred to as “birdnesting,” this is where the children remain in one home but the father and mother alternate living in that home on a set schedule.

Contact an Oklahoma child custody lawyer with your best interest in mind.

Regardless of your situation, we encourage you to consider contacting an experienced child custody attorney. Suzanne Woodrow-Snell has over 20 years of experience representing fathers in child custody cases, ensuring the child's best interests are considered before anything else.

We understand how sensitive these types of cases can be and are dedicated to handling them with the utmost care and respect. If you have questions about Oklahoma's child custody laws or would like to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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