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The laws pertaining to child custody and visitation in the State of Oklahoma can be found in the Oklahoma Statutes, Title 43, Marriage and Family.
While the Oklahoma Statutes does not provide a specific outline or formula for creating a child visitation schedule, it does provide insight as to how the court determines custody and visitation of a child.
It also defines some of the terms (and different types of custody) used in court and in court documents, and states the authority of the court as to making rulings and decisions in child guardianship, custody, and visitation cases.
The law can be a valuable tool to be used and referred to when making your schedule.
There are four types of custody in the State of Oklahoma:
Joint custody/shared parenting is preferred and encouraged by the court, so long as there is not a situation, such as abuse, that would warrant otherwise (43 O.S.A. Sec. 110.1).
Before you begin creating your child visitation schedule, it is important to understand that it is the policy of the State of Oklahoma to assure that minor children have frequent, on-going, continuing contact with both parents. If you are trying to get a different kind of custody, you will need to present clear and convincing reasons for it to the court.
Sometimes there are situations where joint custody would not be in the child's best interests, such as when a parent is abusive or neglectful, or has a substance abuse or other problem that would have a serious effect on the well-being of the child.
In that case, sole custody is given to the non-offending parent and the non-custodial parent may or may not be granted visitation rights. Supervised visitation is sometimes awarded to such parents.
Occasionally, there is absolutely no evidence of abuse or any form of parental wrong-doing, but the parents are so volatile that they are unable to work together in any capacity.
The court has the ability to order parents to attend mediation (43 O.S.A. Sec. 107.3) or private counseling, but in "high conflict" cases, even those options may fail, necessitating the need for the court to make a ruling at it's discretion.
The court considers all of the relevant factors and bases decisions on what is best for the child.
One of the main factors the court considers when determining the best interests of a child is the parents' willingness and ability to help foster a loving relationship between the child and other parent and to comply with the court order.
If you submit a child custody and visitation schedule that was created fairly and allows your child ample time with the other parent, this will be viewed favorably by the court and the court may consider and even accept the proposed plan.
A child visitation schedule in the State of Ohio should include:
Section 111 of Title 43 has a standard visitation schedule and some advisory guidelines to consider as you set up a custody and visitation schedule. Part of the requirements for your visitation schedule is a minimum amount of visitation for the non-custodial parent.
Your custody and visitation schedule should also address the following:
Including all of this information in your schedule will help you have a very thorough schedule that will work for your situation. Oklahoma law also allows you to include any additional provisions or stipulations to your schedule as you see fit.
Some of the advisory guidelines from Section 111 that you need to consider for your custody schedule are:
Following these guidelines as you include all of the requirements for your custody and visitation schedule will allow you to make a schedule that the court will endorse.
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