Fight For Your Rights As A Parent
Nothing is more important to you than your children. If you face the prospect of losing time with them due to a custody dispute, you likely feel terrified. You do not have to approach this overwhelming challenge alone.
You have a strong ally in Elton Jenkins Law, P.L.L.C. With nearly two decades of combined experience practicing law in Oklahoma, our lawyers do not shy away from difficult custody disputes. We understand that your rights as a parent are at stake, and we will do everything in our power to protect those rights.
How Do Courts Determine Custody?
Parents have the opportunity to work out a mutually satisfactory parenting schedule privately. This is not possible for everyone, particularly if your co-parent is refusing to work with you. In these instances, you may need to go to court to receive a custody order. Family law courts consider several factors when deciding custody and visitation, including:
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Each parent’s ability to raise the child
- The willingness of each parent to foster the child’s relationship with the other parent
- The location of each parent’s residence
- The child’s participation in school, church and other community activities
- The presence of substance abuse, domestic violence or severe mental illness
- The stated preference of the child, in some cases
As you can see, a judge has a lot of leeway when making this decision. It is crucial that you have attorneys who are experienced in all legal issues affecting families who can stand up for you and present your case in the best light.
Do you want to adjust an existing custody or visitation order? We can help you seek a post-judgment modification.
Criminal Offenses Can Harm Your Custodial Rights
If you have an arrest or a conviction on your criminal record, you may lose precious parenting time. The court does not take kindly to parents who have had run-ins with the law, even if your past choices have no impact on your abilities as a parent. We also represent clients facing criminal charges, so we know how to tell your story to the court so the judge understands what you have been through, how you have grown and why you still deserve to raise your child.
Get Our Help In Fighting For Your Rights
Custody and visitation are not things that you should leave to chance. Take control of the situation to ensure that the court respects your rights. To discuss more with one of our attorneys, please contact Elton Jenkins Law, P.L.L.C., by calling our Norman office at 405-928-8708 or by using our online contact form.