Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Norman, Oklahoma

Experience

Divorce and child custody attorney Norman, Oklahoma City, and Purcell. Over the last eighteen years I have gained extensive experience in high conflict complex divorce and custody trials, settlements and mediation. I am one of the child custody lawyers that will go the extra mile to ensure your interests are protected. 

Flat Fee - No Hourly Billing

Know what your case will cost up front.   No hidden charges.  A customized fair price based on the amount of work your case will require. 

Commitment

I am committed to exceeding your legal needs and expectations.  I take what I do seriously and treat each client like family.

Divorce and Child Custody

Divorce

  • Divorce cases will involve several issues including property and debt division and when children are involved, custody, visitation, and child support.  Some cases are resolved by the parties reaching an agreed settlement.  Others cases go all the way to trial and are decided by a judge.
  • When children are involved there is a ninety day waiting period from the time you file your petition to the time the court can enter your final decree of divorce.  The court will require each parent to complete a Divorce and Children class.  The class is designed to help divorcing and separating couples focus on the best interest of the children and work more cooperatively and effectively with each other. Cleveland County requires the completion of this course for all divorcing couples with minor children. 
  • It is absolutely critical that you take the proper actions at the proper time to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance at a favorable outcome. The most common mistake people make is waiting too long to hire an attorney. The other huge mistake is hiring the wrong attorney for the job. Don't be that guy.  As soon as you suspect that you might find yourself with a divorce or custody issue, get help immediately! Knowing what to do and when to do is absolutely critical and will determine what happens with your case in court.  
  • The attorney you choose makes a difference.  Some lawyers have a general practice meaning they handle many different types of cases.  Other lawyers focus all of their time and efforts in one specific area of the law.  Family law is all that I do, all day - every day.

Paternity

  • The difference between a divorce case and a paternity case is that in a divorce, the parents are married.  In a paternity cases, the parents were not married.  Some believe that a paternity case means that there is a question concerning the identity of the biological father.  While it is sometimes true that determining who the father is may be an issue, when we refer to a paternity case we simply mean the parents were not married.
  • Paternity may be established by signing an acknowledgment of paternity, by DNA testing, or by order of the district court.  If a child is born during a marriage, the husband is considered the biological father and has a limited amount of time to contest paternity. Once you get past this limited window, there can be no challenge.
  • If there is any doubt in your mind, GET A PATERNITY TEST! Don't be that guy who ends up paying child support for another guys kid.
  • When a child is born to unmarried parents, the mother is by operation of law considered the custodial parent unless/until the court says different.  What this means for you is If you want any rights to the child you are going to have to be proactive and persistent. You must file a petition in the district court. Under the right circumstances and with the right help, father's can and do get custody.

Custody and Visitation

  • There are different forms of custody in Oklahoma.  Most common are sole custody to one parent, joint legal custody, and joint legal custody.  Sole custody means one parent has full decision authority and the other parent has visitation rights.  Joint legal custody means the parents share decision making authority but generally the visitation is closer to a standard schedule.  Joint physical custody means the parents share both decision authority and each spend approximately equal time with the child.
  • Father's can get custody in Oklahoma under the right circumstances.  Again, the key for any father is going to be perseverance and being proactive. Even when custody is not awarded, you are entitled to visitation with your child. The court will provide a visitation schedule which outlines the specific times you have the child.  This eliminates the mother's ability to tell you no and demand that you visit on her terms.

Child Support

  • I encounter many cases people bring to me where someone is paying more support than they need to.  Most often I find that their income was not properly calculated.  While a formula is used to calculate support, garbage in -garbage out still applies.
  • Support is calculated using the gross income of each parent.  It also factors in any child care costs and health insurance. Once a support order is entered you are likely going to be paying that amount for a LONG time. Get the right help to start with and you can avoid becoming a victim of the system. Paying child support is never at the top of anyone's bucket list, but paying too much can cost you a lot of money over the long haul. Make sure it is done correctly the first time. 
  • If there is later a change in circumstances such as a change in income, support can be modified. This is done by filing a motion with the court.
  • Contact Pete D. Louden, a divorce attorney / child custody attorney in Norman. Learn the difference an attorney with years of experience in the family law trenches can make for your case.

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Pete D. Louden Attorney at Law

115 S Peters Suite 8 D, Norman, Oklahoma 73069, United States

(405) 919-8355

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Friday: By appointment

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