Tulsa Child Custody Attorney

The primary concern of most divorcing parents is the wellbeing of their children. This can make child custody and child support issues the most contentious parts of a divorce. Moura Robertson is a Tulsa child custody attorney who compassionately and skillfully represents her clients through this difficult transition.

Child Custody:

When parents divorce, provisions have to be made for future parenting decisions and scheduling of time with the children. Ideally, parents will be able to co-parent their children under a Joint Child Custody Plan. If parents are unable or unwilling to co-parent, then the court will decide who should have decision-making authority and what the visitation schedule will be.

In making custody and visitation decisions, a judge will determine what is in the children’s best interests. While each case is unique and the judge’s ultimate decisions will be based on the specific facts of your case, there are some common factors that are typically taken into consideration. These factors include determining which parent makes decisions in the child’s best interest, which parent is most likely to provide access to the children without hindering the relationship with the other parent, and any history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or mental instability. Post-divorce modification of custody orders can occur when a permanent, material, and substantial change in circumstances can be demonstrated. Joint child custody plans may also be modified upon a substantial change in circumstances or terminated if the joint custody plan is just not working.

Tulsa child custody attorney Moura Robertson can provide you with a confidential legal consultation to discuss the facts and circumstances of your child custody dispute and provide you with a legal opinion as to your options and potential outcomes. To schedule your consultation, please contact us.

Child Support:

Every parent is required to provide financial support for their children. In Oklahoma, child support is determined by the Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines. These Guidelines are used to determine the amount of child support and child support will be paid. Provisions are also made for payment of health insurance premiums, uncovered health care expenses, and work or education-related child care expenses. Depending on the circumstances in your particular case, provision may be made for visitation transportation costs, extra-curricular activities, private school tuition, and other child-related expenditures. The judge may also deviate from the Guidelines in setting parents’ respective child support obligations.

Child support orders may be modified upon a material change in circumstances, including an increase or decrease in the needs of the child, an increase or decrease in the income of the parents, changes in child care expenses, changes in the cost of health insurance, or when one of the children in the child support order reaches the age of majority or otherwise ceases to be entitled to support pursuant to the child support order.

If you have questions about your rights and obligations as to child support or are seeking a modification of child support in your particular case, please contact us to schedule a confidential legal consultation with Moura Robertson.