1. Oklahoma is an equitable division state. This means anything accumulated during marriage, whether it be an asset or a liability, is going to be equitably divided between the parties by the court in your case.
2. Most cases do not go to trial. The vast majority of divorce cases are settled out of court. Options for settlement include formal mediation, working out an agreement between you and your spouse or using your attorney to work out an agreement between you and your spouse.
3. Parties can work together to develop their own settlement. People can create their own visitation schedule to adapt to their lifestyle and work schedule. People can divide their assets as they see fit. There is not a cookie cutter requirement for your divorce case, if you have a plan it can happen.
4. There are no guidelines for alimony in Oklahoma. The court must determine two things. First, the court must determine the party requesting alimony has a need. Second, the court must determine the other spouse has the ability to pay alimony. Those are the guidelines the court is required to follow regarding alimony. There are several cases that give the court guidance, but there is no one case telling the court exactly how to award alimony.
5. It is possible to ask the judge to have a trial only regarding specific issues in your case. For instance, it would be acceptable in most court rooms to settle the issue of property division but ask the court to conduct a trial regarding child custody. It is important to know the court does not have to be an all or nothing option.
Divorce does not have to be a drawn-out fight. Sometimes you and your partner realize things may work out better when you work together with your attorney.
Bedlam Law will work with you, and use our resolution-minded approach to help you in your time of need.
To get your legal questions answered, give us a call at 405-232-2444, or find more information online at www.bedlamlaw.com