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My son is 8 years old, his father and I were never married and there has never been any legal proceeding regarding custody. His father simply assumed custody 5 years ago and has held him ever since, granting me sporadic visitation with no schedule nor guarantee of visitation. He has determined that my rights go only as far as he chooses to let them and makes every decision regarding my son, even who he will live with when inconvenient for him to fulfill parenting obligations. I am overlooked in favor of other extended family members such as an uncle to provide home, food, clothing, etc and to carry out the 24/7 obligations just as a parent would. I've only recently learned that in Oklahoma I do have rights as his mother and have expressed everyway I can that I wish my child to live with me where he will actually be in his parents care with full attention to his needs. How do I proceed from here?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in Oklahoma family court?
Customer: No
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this yet?
Customer: No, until now I was operating under the assumption that I had no options since he took physical custody because that is he's ever led me to believe.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Yes, the issue that has prompted me research for myself what, if any, options I might have is that I have reason to believe that the care under which he presently resides is an environment that has brought about changes in my son that are deeply troubling as he exhibits behaviors that are not typical to his age and he is demonstrating in conversation and in play behaviors outside the realm of an 8 year old; highly inappropriate in every way, including explicit acting out of a sexual nature in the presence of myself and other adults, including male and female. The context of his conversations with me ranges from streaming profanity to delivering commands to me to perpetual argument, to direct opposition and defiance with no noticable indication of respect for authority figures. He finds irrational humor in every aspect that I've mentioned.
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