Child custody is almost invariably the most hotly contested aspect in a divorce case. It is also among the most traumatic and emotional aspects for everyone involved. Determining who has custody of the children, as well as who can make decisions in their lives, tends to be a lengthy and complex process which requires the counsel of a team that is equal parts compassion and skill.
At Smith Simmons, PLLC, our Oklahoma City family law attorneys are fully committed to fighting for the best interests of both you and your children. With our years of experience, we understand how intensely our work affects the lives of you, your partner, and your children.
If you need aggressive, experienced representation in your custody case, contact us today. We can help you fight for your parental rights!
There are a wide variety of considerations which go into deciding which parent gets custody. This decision will have a massive impact on the child’s life and future, and it is something that everyone involved wants to get right. In addition to determining where the child will live, this process will grant one parent the power to make final decisions regarding health care, education, and religious considerations.
Neither the mother nor the father will be given automatic preference. Instead, judges are likely to award some type of custody to both parents unless there are reasons not to do so.
Establishing paternity is the first and most crucial step unmarried parents, particularly if the father wishes to uphold his rights for child custody and child support cases, (Oklahoma abides by the "presumption of paternity" for married parents, in that it is assumed that the husband is also the child's father). The term “father’s rights” refers to the rights a father has for custody and visitation of his child.
In most states, if the father’s name is on the child’s birth certificate, the state will automatically recognize him as the child’s legal father – by doing so, the father and mother have equal amount of standing in the court. Oklahoma’s policy in regards to father’s rights assures that minor children are to have frequent and continuous contact with parents who have shown and proved the ability to act in the best interest of the child.
At Smith Simmons, PLLC, we approach every family law case as a team. Clients will have three people in our office assigned to your case: the primary trial attorney who will be one of the partners in the firm, an associate attorney, and a staff employee to assist with administrative functions. We have some of the most experienced associate lawyers around, and they have tried cases, conducted hearings, and handled some of the most complicated family law matters, and they will be working regularly on your case.
Call our Oklahoma City family lawyers today at (855) 973-8877 to schedule your appointment.