In Oklahoma, you must meet several requirements before you can legally file for divorce. You must meet residency requirements, establish grounds for divorce, separate property, and complete paperwork. The process can be complicated.
Our experienced Oklahoma divorce attorneys can help you with the following aspects of divorce:
- Legal Separation – Prior to filing an actual divorce Petition you may want to legally separate from your spouse in order to begin the process of co-parenting, property division, and other important issues. Reddy & Feldhake, P.C. can help you complete the proper documents and reach an amicable separation agreement with your spouse.
- Grounds for Divorce – Establishing grounds can help as you move through other stages of the divorce process. Let our divorce attorneys evaluate your case and help you navigate Oklahoma divorce law.
- Uncontested Divorce – If your spouse does not dispute any part of your divorce, we can expedite the process with an uncontested divorce. Let us help you seek agreements with your spouse so that separation is a quick and easy process.
- Filing for Divorce – Although basic divorce forms are available online, they can be complicated. There are multiple forms composed of multiple sheets each that must be completed correctly in order to file your divorce. Our experienced divorce attorneys can help you gather the appropriate information needed to complete those documents and guide you through the process of filing for divorce.
Complex Issues in Divorce Cases
In addition to the basic divorce complaint, custody, and agreements, there are some complicated issues that most people encounter when filing a divorce. Reddy & Feldhake, P.C. is familiar with all aspects of divorces and can help you deal with the following:
- Property Division – It is best if you and your spouse can agree on how to separate real property, personal property, and debts. Otherwise, the court may allocate property in a way that is unfavorable to you. Our divorce lawyers know how to work with other parties to form agreements that will be beneficial to you as you move forward with your life after divorce.
- Alimony – One of the most contested issues in divorces is the allocation of alimony. Dependent spouses may request an award of alimony; however, the court will determine who should pay, how much, and for how long. Let us help you reach a fair outcome in an alimony case during your divorce.
- Why Hire A Divorce Attorney? – Divorces are almost always more complex than they initially appear. You may think that your spouse is being amicable, but in the end they are only interested in what is best for themselves. You need a seasoned Tulsa divorce attorney on your side to make sure you get the best outcome possible in your case. Divorce can be devastating. Ending a marriage can be an emotional experience. You may be hurt and unsure of what to do next. You need a knowledgeable Tulsa divorce lawyer on your side. We have experience with all types of divorce cases and know how to get the most beneficial outcome for our clients.
Filing for Divorce
The process of filing for divorce can be emotionally draining. The laws at play are complex and address a wide variety of issues, including distribution of property, custody of children, child and spousal support, and much more. Filing for divorce can have profound personal consequences, including long-term effects on your financial future.
If you are considering divorce in Oklahoma, Tulsa divorce attorneys at Reddy & Feldhake, P.C. can help you through the process. Having a supportive, understanding, and experienced attorney at your side will ensure that you have considered all your options and the impact of divorce decisions on your future.
Step 1: Gathering Information for the Divorce
Before beginning the process of legally filing for divorce, you must gather the information that the court will require. This information goes beyond basic identifying information for you, your spouse, and your children. A Tulsa family law attorney can help you figure out what you need and gather that information for the court.
Prior to completing divorce documents, you will need to gather the following:
- Grounds for Divorce – You must establish grounds for divorce such as irreconcilable differences.
- Court Orders – You must request copies of any court orders that have been issued involving you and/or your spouse, including restraining orders, child support and custody rulings, name change orders, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and any other legal documents.
- Financial Information – You must gather information demonstrating marital and separate property, Federal and state tax returns, income verification, investments, retirement accounts, assets, debts, and expenses. This can be very complicated if you and your spouse have already separated, or if your spouse is secreting financial assets.
- Personal Documents – You may also need copies of your marriage certificate, childbirth certificates, and social security cards.
Step 2: Deciding What You Want
An experienced Tulsa divorce attorney can help you decide what you need from a divorce; however, only you can determine what you want. You need to consider what will make you feel comfortable long after the divorce is finalized. Carefully consider what you will ask for because once the divorce is final, it can be difficult to change the details.
Issues you should consider include:
- Alimony / spousal support
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Division of real property
- Division of personal property
- Division of debts
- Name change
- Insurance policies
- Retirement accounts
- Division of Federal and state tax liabilities
Step 3: Complete the Paperwork
It is important that you fully and completely fill out all divorce documents according to local and state laws and regulations. If you fail to complete even one document, your entire divorce may be thrown out. The more information you provide, the easier the process will be once you proceed to the hearing.
Although each divorce will be slightly different, you must complete at least the following forms:
- Petition with Verification
- Entry of Appearance
- Case information statement
- Application for Temporary Orders and Order Setting Hearing
- Request for Release of Information from the Department of Human Services (If Applicable)
- Request for Copies of Protective Order Filing(s) (If Applicable)
- Court Cost Payment or Pauper Affidavit
Once complete, these documents must be filed with the Court Clerk and also properly served on your spouse. You must meet deadlines for serving your spouse, and it must be completed in a specific way that proves you made a diligent effort to inform them of the pending divorce. An experienced attorney at Reddy & Feldhake, P.C. can help you through this process.
Reddy & Feldhake Experienced Tulsa Divorce Lawyers Can Help You Through Your Divorce
Filing a divorce can be complicated. You must provide specific information and adhere to local and state laws. If you fail to properly complete any document, file with the court or serve appropriately, your entire case could be dismissed. You need an experienced Tulsa divorce lawyer by your side. We can answer all of your questions and help you navigate the complex filing process.
Call experienced Tulsa divorce attorneys at Reddy & Feldhake, P.C. today for your free consultation (918) 947-8102.