Oklahoma's divorce statutes don't include a specific prohibition about dating.
They don't say that if you go out for dinner with someone, your chances for gaining custody are nil -- but they don't say it's OK, either.
Whether parents are married or not, each parent has control and a say in the upbringing of the child.
If parents divorce, matters such as child custody become an issue during the divorce and must eitherbe negotiated by agreement of the parents or the court makes the determination as to which parent should have physical and legal custody of the child.
If the court makes the ultimate decision, it will be based on what it thinks is fair and serves the best interests of the child.
At times, even non-parent custody may be granted to a person who might be better situated to care for children.
A custodial parent is the parent who has either sole physical custody of the child or the parent with whom the child resides for a majority of the time.
Although courts often give two parents who are both fit parents joint custody of the child, the court may refer to the parent with the larger timeshare with the child as a custodial parent at times in court documents and during hearings.
If you lose custody in your decree because you began dating even before your divorce was final, it might be very difficult to get it back.
Like all states, Oklahoma bases custody on a list of best interests factors the court must weigh to determine with which parent the children will do best.