Family and Divorce Law
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In Oklahoma, divorces can be granted on grounds of incompatibility (no-fault divorce) and other statutory grounds of divorce including adultery, habitual drunkeness, and imprisonment for a felony. No-fault divorce allows one party to obtain a divorce irrespective of the other party's objections. Oklahoma also allows parties to legally seperate without terminating the divorce. In these legal seperations, parties can obtain spousal support, property division, child custody and support without legally divorcing.
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Oklahoma requires a six-month residency requirement for filing a divorce. So, at least one party must be a resident of Oklahoma preceding the filing of the divorce petition. In contrast, legal seperations are not bound by these residency requirements.
Almost always, divorces will include division of property and debts, spousal support (alimony), child custody, and child support if children are involved.
Division of Property and Debts
Under Oklahoma law, martial property must be "equitably" divided. This does not necessarily mean a 50-50 divide of property, but rather a fair divide. There are many factors to determine an "equitable" division of property including but not limited to:
- Contributions to the Marital Estate
- Length of Marriage
- Needs of the Children
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Alimony is the right of one spouse to receive money (in either periodic payments of lump-sum) from the other spouse for a fixed amount of time. Alimony is not always awarded depending on the nature of the case. The court will look to some of the following factors:
- Payor's income and future earning capacity
- The standard of living that the payee has become accustomed to
- Separate assets of the parties
Oklahoma provides child support guidelines based on both parents' gross income. These guidelines take into account many factors including salaries, social security, and gifts. The payor must continue to provide child support payments until the child has reached the age of eighteen (18).
Modifications: Child support may be modified (more or less) whenever there is a material change in circumstances of either party (including financial changes) or in the needs of the children.
Oklahoma laws provide for three forms of custody: 1) sole; 2) joint; and 3) split. In determining which parent receives custody, the most important factor is the best interest of the child. This may include the child's preference.
Modifications: Much like child support, child custody orders may be changed if there is a material change in circumstances and it is in the child's best interest.
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Family law cases, whether involving child support and custody or spousal support, require many elements of the law that are difficult to understand. For every factor, there are hundreds of other factors that may significantly help your case. At our law offices, we will honestly and objectively assess your case, inform you of all your options, and continually work toward a successful end result on your behalf.