Making the decision to move forward with a divorce is never an easy one, though it is sometimes necessary when couples cannot resolve their differences and disagreements. If you are considering filing for a divorce, been served divorce papers, or have already initiated the process, it is critical that you seek the assistance of a skilled divorce attorney to ensure the process goes smoothly and your interests are protected. At Smith Simmons, PLLC in Stillwater, our experienced legal team is dedicated to helping every client we serve get through the divorce process as favorably as possible.
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In order to file for divorce in the state of Oklahoma, you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least 6 months prior to filing for divorce. Your divorce must also be filed within the county in which you have been a resident for at least 30 days or in the county where your spouse resides.
Additionally, your divorce can be granted based on the following grounds:
Generally, most divorces in Oklahoma are granted based on incompatibility.
In cases where spouses cannot reach an agreement on how to divide property and assets, the court will divide it for you. Oklahoma is an equitable distribution state, which means all marital property will be divided fairly or equitably. However, this does not necessarily mean it will be a 50-50 split. A vast range of factors will be considered to determine what the most equitable solution is. If you and your spouse have a prenuptial agreement, the court will honor that, sparing you the experience of this process.
Generally, when a judge determines child custody, it will ensure that both parents are able to maintain a relationship with their children, unless it is determined that a parent is unfit or poses a danger to their well-being. Some options for child custody arrangements include:
The custodial parent will also usually receive child support, which is calculated as a percentage of you and your spouse’s combined gross incomes. Once that total is calculated, the amount will be divided between you and your spouse in proportion to the percentage of your combined incomes. If you and your spouse share parenting time and enjoy more than 92 nights with your children every year, child support will be calculated a little different and largely depend on the specific number of nights the children spend with each parent.
In the state of Oklahoma, alimony is not a standard in divorce cases, though a spouse can request it. In such cases, how property is divided could be influenced by how much alimony is awarded to a spouse or vice versa. It can either be ordered as a lump sum or made in a series of payments.
At Smith Simmons, PLLC, our team of divorce attorneys in Stillwater, Oklahoma understand that going through a divorce, regardless who initiated it, is an emotional and difficult experience for a family to endure. You should not have to go through this alone. Our legal professionals will help you move forward and ensure you are able to reach a resolution that protects your interests.
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