Whether you are in need of a divorce or a post decree modification, Gelona-Hendricks Law P.L.L.C. is well versed and can advise clients as to their rights and the law.
Divorce with Minor Children: Below is a list of some of the actors that can be appointed by the Court in a Divorce with Minor Children.
Guardian Ad Litem
A GAL acts as the eyes and ears of the Court. A GAL is an attorney for the children. They have to authority to file pleadings, meet with children privately, and participate in hearings before the Court. Most importantly, they make custody, visitation, and other various recommendations to the Court they deem appropriate. The Court is not bound to their recommendations.
A parenting coordinator assists parents in coming to agreements and co-parenting both through and after a divorce. They aid in solving disputes between parents about such things as meals, schedules, activities, discipline, and much more.
When highly concerning situations arise, sometimes the Court will order visitation with one parent be supervised. A supervisor will typically charge by the hour to supervise visitations. These costs can be allocated between the parties or be designated solely to one party.
According to Oklahoma Case Law, visitation and custody are not based on the same standards as that of a divorce. Thus, a careful analysis case by case is required and will be performed in every case brought to Gelona-Hendricks Law P.L.L.C.
Per Oklahoma Statute, upon proper application, Temporary Orders may be put into place during the pendancy of a Paternity action.
A father may be required to pay for a portion of the costs associated with the birth of the child. Also, the Court can impose support for two years preceeding the filing of an action. 10 O.S. § 83. Either parent could be liable for expenses for the prior two years before the establishment of paternity or an order for support.
Custody of a child born out of wedlock is presumed to lie with the mother, unless determined by the Court
Is the child's surname at issue? This can be addressed by the Court.