Child Custody Law

Tulsa Child Custody Lawyer

You always want what is best for your child’s future. If your family is going through difficult circumstances, including divorce, one of your first and foremost concerns is the welfare of your children. Attorney Blake Hayes listens intently and works diligently to tailor a child custody and visitation plan to your family’s needs and well-being.

Contact Blake Hayes today to let us get started right away on your child custody case.  Call us at (918) 392-4641 or contact us online for a confidential consultation.

Types of Custody Agreements

At times, joint legal custody is best and at other times, sole legal custody is best for the children involved. Joint custody gives both parents a say in the child’s upbringing and welfare. Sole custody is usually awarded to the parent who is deemed fit if the other parent is found to be an unfit parent. Oklahoma law favors joint custody. However, Oklahoma law will not grant custody or visitation if it is proven and established that your child will be put in harm’s way. Custody rulings can be one of the most difficult parts of divorce, and our firm has the compassion to work with you to meet your needs.

Considerations for Custody

When a judge is making child custody rulings, the court has to consider the following issues:

  • What is in the child’s best interests?
  • Who is the primary caretaker of the child?
  • Has the child expressed a preference?
  • What will be the impact of the parent’s relationship with new partners?

Out-of-Court Decisions

If the parents are able to reach a divorce agreement outside of court, that agreement must include a child custody agreement that both parents have approved. Reaching an agreement out of court leaves the decisions in the parents’ hands. The right Family Law attorney can give crucial guidance during this non-court agreement and ensure your rights are protected.

In-Court Decisions

In the event that a child custody agreement cannot be agreed upon outside of court, a family judge will make the final decision in court. Child custody dispute agreements are not always predictable. The court does follow certain procedures to reach their decision, but having an advocate in a Child Custody attorney will help you have a favorable outcome.

Child Support

A judge making decisions about child support must follow specific, set guidelines for determination of the monetary amount of child support to be paid. The court will take into consideration the income and financial means of each parent, as well as the property and assets owned by both parents. If the parent who is awarded custody is unable to offer adequate financial support for the child, the noncustodial parent must pay child support.

Non-Divorce Considerations

Most often, child custody and visitation disputes are between divorcing parents. However, custody disputes can occur between non-married parents, grandparents seeking visitation rights, and occasionally, by relatives or other adults who have a close relationship with the child and are looking out for the child’s best interest.

Modification of Child Custody Agreements

A Tulsa, OK child custody agreement and/or a child support order can be modified or changed by a judge through an additional hearing. The court will decide whether circumstances have been corrected or changed in an effort to be awarded custody and can make changes accordingly to serve the best interest of the child.

Blake Hayes has helped countless families with child custody and child support matters. Attorney Blake Hayes serves Tulsa, OK and surrounding counties. We know how important the issues of child custody are and we work diligently to close these disputes in a timely manner so you can get back to caring for your family.

Blake Hayes will make sure that you receive excellent personalized legal service regardless of the issue that you are facing. Blake Hayes offers consultations to all of our clients, which are completely confidential. Call now at (918) 392-4641 or fill out our contact form.