General Paternity Process in Oklahoma

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Paternity Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Who has legal custody when the parties are not married?

Under Oklahoma law, until paternity is established, the mother is presumed to have legal custody. 10 O.S. § 7800.

How can a father establish paternity?

There are several different "types" of fathers under Oklahoma Statutes. See 10 O.S. 7700-102. An alleged father is a male that is purported to be the father and must prove or disprove his paternity. A father can establish his paternity through a valid acknowledgement of paternity, adjudication of paternity, adoption, or by maintaining the marital presumption of paternity. See 10 O.S. § 7700-201.

Does the retainer last the life of my case? How do attorneys bill?

Whether the retainer covers your entire case depends on how many hours the attorney has to spend on your matter. Typically, a contentious case will not be resolved within the life of the retainer. 


The attorneys at Parsons, Graham & Day charge by the hour. For instance, thirty minutes spent drafting a document would be entered as a .5 or half of an hour.

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