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Our Divorce Lawyers Provide Results-Focused Representation in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas

Any relationship can change over time, and marriage is no exception. In some divorce cases, what starts as wedded bliss can devolve into feelings of jealousy, anger, and resentment that can lead to frequent arguments, unrelenting criticism, controlling behavior, or even abuse.

If your once-happy marriage has been tarnished by betrayals, broken promises, violations of trust or a lack of mutual respect, you may find yourself seriously considering divorce. However, even when you’re certain that ending your marriage is the right thing to do, it’s not uncommon to be wary of the complex legal divorce process, complicated emotions and life-changing decisions on the horizon. Fortunately, you don’t have to face these challenges on your own.

Our legal team of trained and highly experienced divorce lawyers serving Tulsa, Bentonville, and Joplin have successfully guided countless clients through the dissolution of their marriage and helped them achieve their legal goals in the process. We may be able to do the same for you. We understand that the decision to file for divorce is never an easy one, and we are here to provide you with the resources and support you need to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Going through a divorce? Our divorce lawyers in Tulsa and Bentonville are here to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas Divorce Basics

Divorce laws can be complicated, confusing, and frustrating. Divorce is a difficult process and can be a stressful and emotional time for all parties involved. We understand that this is a difficult time and we are here to help you make the best decisions for your family.

If you’re planning to end your marriage, we have summarized below some of what you need to know.

What To Expect When Hiring A Divorce Attorney

If you are considering filing for divorce, it is important to understand the process and what to expect when hiring a divorce attorney. The first step in the divorce process is to file a petition with the court. Generally, the petition is filed with the court in a county where either spouse lives. For example, when both spouses reside in Tulsa County, the petition generally must be filed in the Tulsa County District Court.

Once the petition is filed, the other spouse must be served with a copy of the petition. Service of process must be done either through the sheriff’s office or through a process server. After the other spouse is served, they have a limited time period in which to file a response with the court.

How To Get A Divorce In Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas

Filing for divorce in Oklahoma, Missouri, or Arkansas requires you or your spouse to have been a resident — or been stationed at a military base in the state — for a minimum time period. Additionally, you must have resided in the county where you are filing for at least 30 days. Provided you meet these conditions, you can file for divorce.

What Are the Grounds For Divorce:

The state recognizes 12 different grounds for ending a marriage, in Oklahoma including abandonment for at least a year, adultery, impotency, the impregnation of the wife by another man, extreme cruelty, fraud, incompatibility, habitual drunkenness, gross negligence, imprisonment of a spouse for a felony, the issuance of a divorce decree from another state, and a period of insanity lasting at least five years. The most frequently cited ground for divorce is incompatibility.

How Does One File for Divorce?

If you have decided to file for divorce, you will need to fill out the appropriate legal paperwork. Our office uses powerful document-generation software to create filing packets in just a few minutes. You will need to include information about both parties such as names, addresses, and contact information. After the paperwork is filled out, it will need to be filed with the court and a filing fee will need to be paid. Once the paperwork is filed, the court will set a hearing date. At the hearing, the judge will make a decision about the divorce.

How Does Division Of Marital Assets And Debts Work?

Oklahoma and Arkansas are both “equitable distribution” states, which means if you and your spouse can’t reach an agreement on your own, the court will step in and divide marital property and debts according to a wide range of factors, such as each spouse’s economic health and contributions to the marriage.

Waiting Periods

After filing, there is a waiting period of ninety days before the divorce can be finalized. Depending on the circumstances of your divorce case, you may be required to wait for a different amount of time or take special classes before your divorce can be finalized. For example, divorces involving minor children are often subject to a waiting period of at least three months.

Case Length

How long it takes to get a divorce depends heavily on the circumstances and parties involved. If there are no minor children, a divorce maybe finalized in as few as 10 days. However, most divorces are finalized in a matter of months, and litigation in highly contested divorce cases can take even longer.

Issues Our Divorce Lawyers Resolve

Our well-regarded and well-versed divorce attorneys in Oklahoma and Arkansas can help you resolve a variety of family law matters related to your divorce, including:

There’s a lot riding on the outcome of your divorce case, and in many ways, your success hinges on your family law attorney’s grasp of the relevant legal issues and skill — both at the negotiation table and in the courtroom.

Tap Our Skills For Your High-Conflict, High-Asset or Contested Divorce

If you’re embroiled in a particularly contentious divorce — or expect to be — our family law lawyers can provide the prompt personal attention, sage advice, and results-focused legal representation you need and deserve. We can also connect you with high-quality, third-party resources like counselors, private investigators, business valuators, and forensic accountants, and work with you and those professionals to craft a cohesive plan to achieve your legal goals.

Our experienced Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas divorce attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have. Email us or call us at 918-771-7045 to schedule a consultation.