Have All Of Your Ducks In A Row
Video Transcribed: Hello, my name is Jason Lile, and I am a Tulsa Dads Lawyer. And I wanted to go over a broad topic with you today, and that is this. When you come to a lawyer and you’re a father and you’re involved in paternity or a divorce case, how do you build that case to the best of your advantage?
Well, a good attorney will have a strategy. A good attorney will go over that strategy with you and then follow that strategy, not to the T because things change, but just to present your options to you and the possible consequences of making this choice or that choice. But to build a case, your attorney should be able to understand what’s going on in your life. Where do you live? How did the relationship end? Are you accused of any wrongdoing in that relationship?
What are your living accommodations? Who lives with you? What sort of role did you have in parenting when you and your ex were together and how might those change as you go on? How will your job affect your ability to watch your kids during the day?
Will you have to take care of daycare? Who is it that’s going to ensure these children, or how are they insured or do you need a public assistance program like Sooner Care? Do you have a criminal record? Do you have a substance abuse issue? Are you being accused of abuse?
There are a lot of things that go… And child support. Where do you work? How much do you make? What will the child support burden be? Are there other financial burdens? If it’s in the case of a divorce, there often are debt division, debt service, and potentially alimony. So it actually looks a little bit more like a life plan.
A family law attorney is not a life coach. However, it is important that that family law attorney is able to go over with you how all of the aspects of your life, such as it sits when you get separated, might affect your case and how you could better improve your position by highlighting the positive things about your life.
Downplaying the potentially negative things about your life and changing aspects of your life that will put you in the best position to get the custody and visitation result that you want from your case and what’s best for your children.
And that’s the last thing to put all of those things in terms of what’s best for your children because that under Oklahoma law is the standard for what a custody judge should decide, what is best for the children. So for help with this or if you have any other questions about what it’s like to be in a custody case, please feel free to contact the Oklahoma father’s rights attorney or the Tulsa paternity attorney for men at Dads.Law.