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What Types of Child Custody Are There in Oklahoma?

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Navigating the complexities of child custody in Oklahoma can be a daunting task for parents and guardians. Understanding the different types of custody available is crucial to making informed decisions that best serve the interests of your children. At Yarborough Law Group, we're committed to guiding you through every step of this process with compassion and expertise.

Introduction to Child Custody in Oklahoma

Child custody laws in Oklahoma are designed to ensure the well-being and stability of children following a separation or divorce. These laws cover various custody arrangements, each with its own set of rules and implications for both parents and children.

Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody

Legal Custody refers to the right to make significant decisions about a child's life, including education, health care, and religious upbringing. Physical Custody, on the other hand, pertains to where the child lives and the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for them.

Sole Custody: What It Means and When It's Granted

Sole custody is awarded to one parent when it's deemed in the best interest of the child. This decision is based on various factors, including the child's safety, the parent's ability to provide a stable environment, and any history of abuse or neglect.

Joint Custody: Structure and Implementation

Joint custody allows both parents to share legal and/or physical custody of the child. This arrangement requires parents to collaborate on raising their child, despite their separation or divorce.

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Split Custody Among Siblings: Rare but Possible

Split custody involves siblings being divided between parents. This type of custody is rare and typically considered only in specific circumstances where it's in the best interest of each child.

The Role of a Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody Cases

A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) represents the child's best interests in custody disputes. At Yarborough Law Group, we work closely with GALs to ensure that the child's voice is heard and their welfare is prioritized.

Modifying Child Custody Orders in Oklahoma

Custody orders can be modified if there's a significant change in circumstances that affects the child's best interest. This section explains the process and what parents need to demonstrate for a modification to be considered.

How Yarborough Law Group Can Help

At Yarborough Law Group, we understand the emotional and legal complexities of child custody. Our approach combines legal expertise with a deep understanding of family dynamics to achieve outcomes that serve the best interests of both children and parents.


Navigating child custody in Oklahoma requires a thorough understanding of the law and a compassionate approach. Yarborough Law Group is here to support and guide you through this challenging time, ensuring that your rights and the best interests of your children are protected.

Cole Yarborough

Cole Yarborough, a top graduate from Oklahoma City University School of Law, brings a unique blend of experience to Yarborough Law Group. His background as a private investigator, process server, and legal intern, combined with a family legacy in law and law enforcement, equips him with a comprehensive understanding of both criminal and civil law, making him a formidable advocate in various legal matters.

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Additional FAQ about Types of Child Custody in Oklahoma

Can a child choose which parent to live with in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, a child's preference can be considered by the court if the child is of sufficient age and maturity, typically around 12 years old or older. However, the final decision is based on the child's best interests.

How does joint custody affect child support in Oklahoma?

Joint custody can impact child support calculations in Oklahoma. The amount of support may be adjusted based on the proportion of time the child spends with each parent and each parent's income, among other factors.

Are grandparents entitled to visitation rights in Oklahoma?

Yes, grandparents may be granted visitation rights in Oklahoma if it's in the best interest of the child, especially if the grandparent has had a significant relationship with the child and visitation would benefit the child's well-being.

What is considered when determining the best interest of the child in Oklahoma?

The court considers several factors, including the wishes of the parents and the child, the child's relationship with each parent, the child's home, school, and community ties, and the mental and physical health of all parties involved.

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