When it comes to divorce and child custody in Oklahoma, the Divorce Lawyers of Fry & Elder know that not all verdicts are final. Things change. Circumstances change. Oklahoma law provides that judgments for child custody, visitation, and child support in and elsewhere may be modified when circumstances have changed. What is essential to know and remember is that ultimately the best interests of the child are always the deciding factor when it comes to making a decision about any matter related to Tulsa child custody. Below are some responses to some common questions in regards to Tulsa child custody modifications.
What does it take for the courts to consider modification of visitation or child custody?
Typically, for Tulsa child custody modifications or elsewhere in Oklahoma to take place there needs to be a change in the circumstance or conduct of one of the parents in which the child’s best interests would be served by a modification of visitation or custody. These changes in circumstance and conduct may include things such as allegations of neglect or child abuse, a requested relocation of the minor child, and the preference of a child.
How do I start the process of modifying child custody?
You must first file a motion to modify custody in the court that has jurisdiction to modify the prior custody order. The motion to modify is an important legal document that initiates your case. Once the motion is filed, the other parent must be served with it. In Oklahoma, the receiving parent then has 15 days to file an answer with the court upon being served. If the two sides cannot agree to the requested modification of child custody, then the parents must present the matter to a judge at a formal hearing. Both parents will have the opportunity to present evidence on the matter at a trial.
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Should you have any additional questions or concerns about Tulsa child custody modifications, we encourage you to contact Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with proven team of attorneys. Fry & Elder trial lawyers are some of the most highly regarded and experienced family law attorneys not only in the state of Oklahoma, but in the United States.
Robert G “Hap” Fry Jr. has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Oklahoma and is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Firm attorneys James Elder, M. Shane Henry, Aaron Bundy and Fry all have garnered the prestigious AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest recognition in the legal industry. Additionally, the Tulsa family law firm of Fry & Elder made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Law Firms from 2014-2016.