Navigating Legal Custody and Rights in Oklahoma
Securing Legal Custody and Rights without Court Involvement
Can an unmarried couple drop an agreement and submit it to the court in order to ensure the father has legal custody and rights over the child without getting a judge involved and having things all screwy? The answer is yes and no. I guess would be the best way to put it.
You will have to get a judge involved. However, if y’all are more or less agreed on everything you want, what you can do is just draw up a friendly petition, file it along with whatever order you want. Once that’s signed by the judge and filed, then you’re done.
You do need to get a judge involved, but it doesn’t necessarily have to turn into a whole big thing. As long as she’s in agreement, that’s the key piece. I would suggest with that, again, this is a situation where you really need to get a good lawyer involved. If for no other reason than because you want to draw up a pretty good order to memorialize whatever it is you agreed to.
The Importance of Drafting a Well-Written Order
Because there’s going to come a point in time where y’all don’t agree, and that’s the order is what you fall back on. So it needs to be drafted well. Also, if for some reason in the course of negotiations it falls apart and you do have to proceed to court, you want to be represented.
If you’re worried about, I believe you used the expression screwed over, if you’re worried about getting screwed over, that is how you get screwed over, is by not having good representation. There’s no guarantees if you go to court even with a good lawyer that something can’t happen, but your odds of not getting screwed over go up tremendously with proper representation.
Take Action and Protect Your Rights
And with that in mind, I would encourage you to call our office at (918) 962-0900 for a free consultation. At dads.law, we believe that fathers are not disposable and we are here to support you in securing your legal custody and rights. Take action today and protect your relationship with your child.