Commonly Asked Questions About Family Law
At Elton Jenkins Law, P.L.L.C., we are dedicated to helping families throughout Oklahoma to resolve their legal issues. For nearly two decades, we have fought for the rights of divorcees, parents, children and victims of domestic violence. We offer transparent, confidential and premier representation for residents of all backgrounds.
Before your initial consultation, however, it can be a good idea to review commonly asked questions that may help to address your concerns.
Do I Need To Hire A Divorce Attorney?
In some cases, couples resort to “do-it-yourself” divorces and download boilerplate documents. However, these documents can be problematic and cost you thousands of dollars in the future to rectify. They may omit crucial details, be unenforceable under state law or result in an unfair settlement.
As our client, we will create a customized and comprehensive plan for your divorce. Attorney Jenkins is well-versed in Oklahoma law and can help to prevent mistakes from being made during the process.
How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?
Judges make custody decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child, and a history of domestic violence can greatly impact their rulings. If a child has been the victim of abuse, parents’ rights may be severely limited or terminated altogether. The child’s safety will be prioritized, and if a judge believes that a child is at risk of harm, this may be reflected in a custody decision.
We can evaluate your case and provide you with an idea of how a history of family violence may impact your own individual custody case. Do not assume that you will lose your right to parent your children just because you are accused of a crime.
How Much Child Support And Alimony Will I Have To Pay?
Courts consider a variety of factors before making child support determinations such as:
- The ability of a parent to pay based on gross income
- The needs of the child
- The child’s standard of living
- The visitation schedules
Keep in mind that parents may petition the court for a modification to child support if there is ever a “material change in circumstances.” We can assist with child support modifications to ensure payments are fair and appropriate for the circumstances.