Oklahoma City Divorce Attorney
Work with a Dedicated Attorney Who Can Fight for Your Case
If you are going through a divorce, it doesn’t have to get ugly. Jarman Law Office can help ensure that the process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Our Oklahoma City divorce lawyer is available to provide the considerate, caring legal support that you need. We have 15 years of experience passionately advocating for our clients’ rights and interests, and we know what it takes to secure a favorable outcome.
Rely on us to handle all aspects of your divorce, including:
- Property division
- Child support
- Child custody
We understand that difficulties during the divorce process are at times inevitable. If your divorce has become adversarial, we are here to step in to obtain a quick result so that you and your children can move on with your lives.
Grounds for Divorce in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma is a no-fault divorce state. Those who desire to file for divorce may do so on the basis of incompatibility – the spouses can no longer get along. To file for divorce on these grounds, the couple must have facts to back up that claim. In addition, if the couple has any children together who are under the age of 18, the spouses must attend an educational program that discusses the impact of divorce on children.
Spouses may also choose to file for a fault-based divorce. Under fault-based divorce statutes, there are 11 grounds upon which a couple may request to end the marriage.
The fault-based grounds include:
- Extreme cruelty
- Abandonment for at least 1 year
- Gross neglect of duty
- Habitual drunkenness
- Fraudulent contract
Currently, there is typically no advantage to filing for a fault-based divorce in Oklahoma. It is rare for the court to reward one spouse for the other spouse’s misconduct. In addition, filing for a fault-based divorce usually prolongs the divorce process and results in increased anxiety and higher legal fees. Your attorney can help you make the right decision about what type of divorce to file for.
How is Property Divided in an Oklahoma Divorce?
If you are on the brink of a divorce, one of your top concerns is what will happen to your property. In an Oklahoma divorce, there are 2 types of property: Marital and separate. Separate property refers to those assets acquired before the marriage, while marital property pertains to assets obtained during the marriage. Gifts or inheritances received by one spouse during the marriage remain that spouse’s separate property. In addition, if you purchase property during the marriage with funds you had before marriage, and the property is titled in your own name, the court will likely view the property as separate property.
When property division is left to the court to decide, the court will determine what property is separate property and what is marital property. The court will also place a value on each marital asset, as well as any marital debt. Since Oklahoma is an equitable distribution state, the judge will divide the property equitably between the spouses. This does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split. Rather, it means that the division of the property must be just and reasonable.
There are numerous factors a judge may take into consideration when determining how to divide property equitably, including:
- The income of each spouse
- The debts of the spouses
- Each spouse’s earning capacity
- The amount of alimony payments
- Child custody arrangements
- Whether the spouses have any disabilities
- Any fraud committed by one spouse against the other
- Any conduct that altered the value of the marital property
Contact Our Firm Today
Call Jarman Law Office to get started with your divorce. We can begin by determining if you are eligible for a waiver divorce, which can significantly decrease the time and cost of the process. A waiver divorce is an uncontested marriage dissolution procedure that allows couples to finalize their divorce in as little as 10 days.
Don’t go through this challenging time alone. Contact (405) 221-9696 today to get an Oklahoma City divorce attorney on your side.