Dads Have The Same Rights As Moms
Video Transcribed: Hello, I’m Tulsa men’s attorney Jason Lile, and I am with Dads.Law. I wanted to talk to you today about something that is a pretty common theme in my representing men or fathers in this state, and that is this misconception or the concern that dads don’t have the same rights as moms when it comes to their children, custody, and visitation.
Now, I think that many times that misconception comes from the fact that in the past, both under Oklahoma law and then in just many men’s experiences, there was a preference for women when it came to custody, visitation, and support.
I’m here today to tell you that Oklahoma law specifically forbids that preference, but just because the law says that there shouldn’t be a preference for mothers over fathers doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen.
In fact, a well-experienced family law attorney should be able to tell you all of the ways that in reality still happen from time to time and how you can avoid them. Just to give you an example, breastfeeding.
I bet you never thought about breastfeeding, but I have often encountered situations where there is a young child, a baby still being breastfed, and the mother and her attorney will come in and say, “This dad can’t have equal time because I’m still breastfeeding.” Many attorneys without the experience to know how to deal with these situations are just stumped. What are they going to do about breastfeeding?
And so this is why I encourage you to hire an experienced family law attorney so that these residual practices of what we used to call the tender years’ doctrine that said that mothers are best suited to take care of children when they’re in their tender years when those things come out in litigation in various forms that are indirect because obviously, the law says there’s no preference for mothers over fathers, how is it that you’re going to handle those?
How is it that you’re going to present facts to the court that allow the court to see how it’s in the best interest of your child or your children to spend equal time with you? If you need Tulsa Child Custody Attorney for Fathers or a Tulsa Child Support Attorney For Guys visit Dads.Law.