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Child Custody Lawyers

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For many separating spouses, determining child custody is often the most emotional and challenging aspect of the divorce process. Even when parents settle on an arrangement outside of court, the state still needs to review the plan and ensure it provides for the child’s physical, emotional, and financial needs.

A child custody agreement is essential because it dictates where a child lives, establishes a visitation schedule, and determines which parent can make decisions relating to healthcare, religion, personal and extracurricular activities, and education.

At Smith Simmons, PLLC, our experienced Stillwater child custody lawyers can effectively represent your interests and ensure the court establishes a fair child custody agreement that accounts for any unanticipated contingencies. When your child’s future is on the line, rely on an award-winning legal team with a track record of successfully resolved child custody cases.

Contact Smith Simmons, PLLC at (855) 973-8877 to learn how our firm can benefit your case.

Determining Child Custody

A child custody agreement can have a lasting impact on a child’s life and future. Oklahoma courts are aware of this, and so always make their child custody determinations based on a child’s “best interests.”

When determining child custody, these following factors may be considered by the court:

  • The age of the child
  • The child’s preference (depending on age)
  • The wishes of each parent
  • The relationship the child has with each parent and other family members
  • How a change in community or school may affect the child
  • The mental and physical health of each parent
  • Any history of parental drug or alcohol abuse
  • The mental and physical health of the child
  • Which parent can provide for a child with special needs
  • Which parent can provide an emotionally and financially stable home environment
  • Evidence of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse against the child
  • Each parent’s willingness to let the child have an ongoing relationship with the other parent

Generally, the court encourages parents to create their own child custody agreements based on their specific circumstances and the needs of their child. However, the court does intervene if an agreement can’t be reached or if a submitted agreement doesn’t actively benefit the child.

Neither parent is given automatic preference when it comes to child custody; in fact, Oklahoma judges prefer to grant joint custody. Depending on your specific circumstances, the court may choose between the following custody options: joint custody, sole custody, split custody, or birdnesting.

Retain Legal Representation

At Smith Simmons, PLLC, we can help parents develop child custody agreements, establish paternity, and resolve child support issues. When negotiations fall short, we can legally represent your case in court and ensure your child’s best interests are upheld. Our Stillwater child custody lawyers have developed innovative litigation techniques and negotiation tactics that can benefit any family law case.

Call our Stillwater child custody attorneys today at (855) 973-8877 to schedule a consultation.

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