Parents always want the best for their children, but the prospect of separating from your children can be a frightening and traumatic experience. Child custody and visitation are actually some of the most contentious elements of a divorce. Bundren Law Firm P.C. is committed to protecting your rights as a parent. We handle your case with understanding and compassion as we work toward a resolution that benefits you and your children.
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During a child custody proceeding, the court’s decision depends on whatever is in the best interests of the child. "Best interests" refers to what the most ideal possible situation would be for a child after the divorce. The two types of custody that must be determined first are physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child will live, while legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make important decisions on behalf of the child (such as religious upbringing, education, schooling, and so on).
However, custody can also be split into several other categories. Sole custody refers to a situation in which legal and physical custody are both awarded to one parent. This situation is fairly rare, because courts prefer to give equal time to both parents. However, if one parent is unfit or irresponsible, he or she is unlikely to be given more share of the custody. Joint custody happens if the parents of the child don’t live together but share the responsibilities of making decisions. They might share both physical and legal custody or only legal custody.
Our firm can attest that child custody is always a difficult and complex process. We know that as a parent, you want the best for your child and no matter what, you want to remain involved in their upbringing.
If your child is 12 years or older, the court may also consider their opinion and desires. The court, however, is not obligated to follow the wishes of the child. The decision ultimately rests in which parent is the more suitable caretaker for the child. When you have our Tulsa family lawyer as your counsel, you can rest assured knowing that the court will be presented a truthful, accurate, and detailed picture of why you should be given the custody you desire.
We can help any parent in their quest for custody of their children. Contact our firm at (918) 992-3300 for an initial consultation.