Any relationship can change over time, and marriage is no exception. In some 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 process, complicated emotions, and life-changing decisions on the horizon. Fortunately, you don't have to face these challenges on your own.
Our team of trained and highly-experienced divorce attorneys has 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. Keep reading to learn more about Oklahoma divorce and how our attorneys can assist you.
Oklahoma Divorce Basics
Oklahoma divorce laws can be complicated, confusing, and frustrating. If you're planning to end your marriage in the Sooner State, here's what you need to know:
- Residency requirements. To meet Oklahoma's residency requirements for divorce, you or your spouse must have been a resident–or been stationed at a military base in the state—for at least six months. Provided you meet this condition, you can file for divorce in a county where either spouse has lived for 30 days or more.
- Grounds for divorce. The state recognizes 12 different grounds for ending a marriage, 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.
- Division of marital assets and debts. Oklahoma is an equitable distribution state, 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. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be required to wait for a period 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, an Oklahoma divorce can be finalized in as few as 10 days. However, most divorces are finalized in a matter of months, and litigation in highly-contested cases can take even longer.
Divorce Issues We Resolve
Our well-regarded and well-versed legal team can help you resolve a variety of matters related to your Oklahoma divorce, including:
- Marital property division
- Business and asset valuation
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Divorce mediation and settlements
- Premarital agreements
- Same-sex marriage dissolution
- Divorce appeals
High-Conflict, High-Asset, and Contested Divorces Demand Knowledgeable & Skillful Legal Representation
There's a lot riding on the outcome of your divorce case, and in many ways, your success hinges on your attorney's grasp of the relevant legal issues and skill—both at the negotiation table and in the courtroom.
If you're embroiled in a particularly contentious divorce—or expect to be—our attorneys can provide the prompt personal attention, sage advice, and results-focused 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.
Ready to find out how we can help you? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a private consultation.