Family matters can be some of the most emotionally challenging situations to resolve. When a marriage collapses, the divorce can bring intensely difficult emotions—from disappointment in a failed relationship to anger at a spouse whose decisions led to the dissolution of the marriage. When children are involved, making wise decisions about a divorce is complicated—you want to provide the best for your children, but you do not want an ex-spouse to exploit you financially.
From drafting the prenuptial agreement that can protect you and your assets if a marriage dissolves to handling the division of the marital estate in the absence of such an arrangement, the family lawyers with Law Firm of Oklahoma are with you every step of the way, looking out for your best interests—and the best interests of your children—at every turn.
Through our decades of experience, we have seen all kinds of family situations and have handled all types of family legal matters. While many of our clients are able to approach their situation calmly, many others are so angry, hurt, scared, or confused that they find it difficult to make complicated decisions about their cases.
By hiring a family lawyer with Law Firm of Oklahoma, you can lend a voice of reason to your case. We are able to look at a situation rationally, unfettered by the emotion that comes with family relationships, and provide the tools and counsel that protect your assets and your relationships. Our past experience lends us the foresight to know how your decisions may affect your future, and we can help prevent the mistakes that will prove problematic down the road.
In issues of pre-marital financial decisions, paternity, support, divorce, asset division, custody, visitation, guardianship, and victim protective orders, we can be your best asset in protecting the things and people you hold dear. Call (405) 608-4990 to schedule a free, confidential consultation and find out how to put our resources to work for you.
Oklahoma has one of the highest divorce rates in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of 2011, Oklahoma’s divorce rate was higher than any other state in the nation. Despite the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and other measures to try to reduce the divorce rate in the state, the number continues to rise. According to census reports for the year 2000, 11.6 percent of people over the age of 15 living in Oklahoma in 2010 were currently divorced. By 2012, the number had climbed to 13.5 percent.
The high divorce rate in Oklahoma has prompted legislators to propose bills making it more difficult to obtain a divorce. One would strike “incompatibility” from grounds for divorce. Another would increase the waiting period between filing for divorce and a decree of divorce. The legislators who proposed these bills say it is “too easy” to get a divorce in Oklahoma.
One thing we know for sure: divorce is never easy.
In addition to the hurts and disappointments that lead to the dissolution of a marriage are the difficult decisions about equitable division of the marital estate, financial concerns regarding assets and support, and child custody considerations.
At the Law Firm of Oklahoma, we understand your concerns, and we pool our resources, experience, and knowledge to handle your case with the necessary care. We communicate with you clearly, answering your questions and helping you make legal decisions that are unclouded by emotion.
Whether valuing assets, excluding separate property from the marital estate, helping you get the alimony support you need to get back on your feet or protecting you from paying alimony to an ex-spouse who does not need it, we strive to help you end your marriage without ending your financial stability.
During custody negotiations and disputes, we are diligent about protecting the best interests of your children, and we can help you make the decisions that benefit them. If your ex-spouse is dangerous or neglectful, we can help you get sole custody of your children in order to protect them, and we can help you get a protective order against a violent party in the interim. In other cases, we can work toward a custody arrangement that will minimize disruption in your children’s lives and allow them to have beneficial, nurturing relationships with both of their parents.
When there are questions about a child’s paternity, it can have a significant impact on relationships and support. At Law Firm of Oklahoma we help both mothers and fathers who are seeking to determine paternity.
Perhaps you need to prove paternity in order to for your child to receive the financial support owed him by a father. Perhaps you are a man who believes you have been deceived in order to dupe you out of your hard-earned money to support another man’s child. Perhaps you believe you have been denied a relationship with your own flesh and blood, and you wish to establish paternity in order to have legal custody or visitation with your child.
Clearing up matters of paternity are not only important for the financial support of the child, but also for his or her emotional well-being. Find out how to proceed with a paternity suit by calling (405) 608-4990 for a confidential consultation.
If a minor or adult is in need of care or supervision that is not otherwise being provided, a court may appoint a guardian to oversee the well-being of the ward. There is a statutory order of preference in appointing guardianship, but when there is imminent risk of danger or financial exploitation, the court may appoint a Special Guardian or Emergency Guardian.
Becoming a legal guardian brings with it weighty responsibilities. If a guardian fails to uphold those responsibilities or has interests that are not in the best interest of the ward, guardianship may be revoked.
To learn more about guardianship issues in Oklahoma, contact Law Firm of Oklahoma to speak with a family lawyer.