The first opportunity is during negotiations with your ex, before the judge enters an order.
Your attorney can represent you during mediation or at trial to help get you the most parenting time possible.
However, if you’ve already been awarded visitation through a court order and would like more time with your children, you will need to file a Petition to Modify Custody.
Experienced Tulsa Oklahoma child custody lawyers can help you with this.
Before the Court Enters an Order
If the court has not yet entered an order in your Tulsa child custody case, be clear with your attorney about what your objectives are.
If you are going through a divorce, your attorney can try to fight for your right to have sole physical custody over your children. This means that your home will be the children’s primary residence.
Your attorney may attempt to arrange joint physical custody. This means that your children will live at your home 50% of the time.
However, joint physical custody only works where parents are able to coordinate and work well together to regularly exchange children during the week.
Joint custody is also preferable only when the child’s school and extracurricular activities will not be disturbed by moving from home to home.
Finally, your attorney can obtain a liberal visitation schedule for you, which can include after school time, weekends, holidays, summers and school breaks.
After the Court Has Entered an Order
If you are the non-custodial parent by court order and wish to have more visitation time, you can file a Petition to Modify Custody.
However, you must demonstrate that there has been a substantial change in circumstances.
This means that something significant has happened since the last order, such as a change in hours worked for either parent.
Or, if the other party is willing to negotiate, your lawyer may able to obtain more visitation time through negotiations.
Free Consultation: Tulsa Oklahoma Child Custody Lawyers
Figuring out a visitation schedule is not easy, especially on your own.
Thus, consider choosing a qualified Tulsa family law attorney to assist you during negotiations.
For a free consultation with one of our experienced Tulsa Oklahoma child custody lawyers, call the Divorce of Tulsa Law Office today at 918-924-5526.