Do You Have Any Custody Rights in the State of Oklahoma When Your Child Is Born? No
Video Transcribed: I’m the Tulsa father’s rights lawyer Keith Flinn. This is going to be a brief video on paternity actions. Let’s start at the top. Your child is born. Do you have any custody rights in the state of Oklahoma? No.
If your child is born out of wedlock, that means that you have absolutely no rights as a father until you establish them. File file, file, file a paternity action. What does that mean? That means even if you’re receiving visitation, that is not a custody right and that is at the whim of the woman.
The mother gets to decide, and I’m sure you’ve experienced some withholding already. What does that also mean? You can still owe child support, even though you have no custody rights to your child. And that includes an arrearage of up to two years.
What does that mean? From the time that your child is born until it’s two years old, you could owe child support even if you’re paying it, you’re going to have to come to court and prove it.