When judges or attorneys discuss the topic of custody (also known as legal custody), this refers to the person or people who are responsible for making decisions for the children (custody is often confused with visitation—which refers to the amount of time the children spend with each parent). These decisions include topics such as the children’s education, healthcare, religion, and extracurricular activities.
In Oklahoma, the judge can award legal custody solely to one parent, or, jointly to both parents. Joint legal custody requires both parents to work together to make the decisions in the best interest of the children.
The judge may consider several factors in making a decision as to sole custody or joint custody, including the needs of the child, the child’s relation with his/her parents, criminal history of the parents, and other factors.
At Parrish Law Group we strongly advocate for each of our clients in regard to the important issue of legal custody. We have handled hundreds of cases involving legal custody, and are able to guide you through this process.