Sole custody is one of many ways utilized by the courts of Oklahoma to resolve the issue of custodial decision-making when there are minor children. Placing custody with one parent means that parent makes all of the decisions regarding the minor children, such as school, residence, medical care, extracurricular activities, etc. However, the determination as to who is the decision-maker is but one of the issues to be resolved by the parties. The parties by agreement or the Court must also determine the timeshare of each parent with the minor children and financial support for the minor children. Sole custody would primarily be awarded in cases where there is so much acrimony that the parties are unable to resolve jointly the decisions for their children. The objective at all times in determining child custody is to protect the best interest of the minor children and to allow both parents to develop and continue their bond with their children, even in the absence of a marital bond between the parents.
David W. Echols is an Oklahoma City divorce lawyer who specializes in family law issues such as divorce and child custody.