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Child Custody

Seasoned Oklahoma Child Custody Lawyers Seek to Protect Parental Rights

Skillful Oklahoma City family attorneys work to fashion fair arrangements

No parents want their disagreements with each other to negatively impact their children. The experienced family lawyers at Denker & Zuhdi, PLLC in Oklahoma City represent divorcing and separating parents in preserving and advancing their child custody and visitation rights. We collect evidence and build cases directed toward helping our clients meaningfully participate in providing healthy and happy environments for their children. Backed by more than 50 years of legal experience, our firm has a positive reputation for achieving just and favorable outcomes.

Supportive legal team helps clients protect and assert their parental rights

There are two aspects of child custody: legal and physical. Each will be addressed in your custody agreement or order. Depending on the court’s determination of what is in the child’s best interests, it may order:

  • Sole legal custody — One parent is given complete authority to make decisions about how the child is raised in terms of healthcare, education, religion and other aspects of everyday life.
  • Joint legal custody — Parents share the power to make decisions about the child’s healthcare, education, religion and more.
  • Sole physical custody — The child lives with one parent with the other parent granted visitation rights. Weekend visitation, holiday visitation and summer visitation are common arrangements.
  • Joint physical custody — The child spends a substantial amount of time living with each parent. A schedule is adopted, setting out how custody is divided on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis and accounting for holidays and other special days.

The court’s determination of the custody arrangement that will promote the child’s best interests weighs such factors as the child’s relationship with each parent, the stability of his or her current school and home environment and each parent’s demonstrated ability to make decisions in support of the child’s welfare.

Grandparental visitation rights may be granted if it is shown that the parents are unfit or that the child would suffer harm if visitation was not allowed. Usually, the child and grandparent must already have a relationship in order for the grandparent to be granted visitation rights.

Our attorneys have practiced family law in Oklahoma for many years, and are prepared to answer any questions or concerns you have as a parent.

Experienced advocates petition for court modifications to custody orders

After a final custody order is issued in a divorce, it remains valid and enforceable until the child is no longer a minor or the court grants a modification. A modification may be granted if your family’s circumstances have changed significantly in a way that affects the child’s life. For example, if one parent moves far away or either parent experiences a substantial change in income, the judge will reevaluate the factors relevant to child custody and may issue new terms based on this review. Custody may also be modified or terminated if the child’s health and safety is at risk.

To seek a change in your custody order, you must file a motion to modify the custody order with the relevant court. Our firm can help you prepare a petition and can represent you at the court hearing that follows.

Contact persistent Oklahoma City child custody lawyers to schedule a free first consultation

Parents in Oklahoma City and the nearby counties trust Denker & Zuhdi, PLLC to deliver reliable, skilled support throughout child custody proceedings. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our legal professionals, call us at 405-946-5533 or contact us online.

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