The sudden breakdown of the family is overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. Whether you and your spouse have decided to split up or you are looking to change child custody and support, your family will be under a considerable burden for some time. Unfortunately, what you do in the next few months can put you on a path for the rest of your life, so it is vital to get honest and practical legal advice as quickly as possible.
The Aggressive and Experienced Lawyers You Need to win your Divorce and Family Matters in Oklahoma
Many events can change the structure and support of your family, and they can all cause confusion and disruption in everyday life. At the Compton Law Firm, our attorneys provide one-on-one guidance to settle child support, alimony, and custody matters, giving parents the security they need to move on from divorce. Learn more about Oklahoma family laws by reading our Frequently Asked Legal Questions, or download our Family Law Handbook. Call the Compton Law Firm today to discuss your situation with an attorney.
We advise family members every step of the way through:
- Divorce proceedings. There are two types of divorce filings in Oklahoma: fault and no-fault. Spouses who have been abused or neglected can petition for divorce based on abandonment, adultery, cruelty, conviction of a felony, fraud, or domestic abuse. In no-fault divorces, spouses do not need to give a reason for petitioning for divorce. No matter what your situation, we can advise you on residency requirements, help you complete a petition for divorce, serve your spouse with notice of filing, gather additional paperwork necessary for your filing, and advise you throughout the process of a contested divorce.
- Custody matters. Often, the most pressing concern for divorcing parents is who will be given legal custody of the children. Parents may share custody of the children (called joint custody), or one parent will be given total control over a child’s housing and welfare (sole custody). Oklahoma courts determine custody by examining the factors in each parent’s life and consider which placement is in the best interests of the children. Courts must consider past criminal behavior and accusations of domestic violence or abuse as well as any behavior that increases the possibility of harm to a child. Once custody has been decided, it can only be changed through a court petition, and the parent must be able to show evidence of improved circumstances that can benefit the child.
- Child support. Parents who are raising minor children may need help paying for their school, housing, and health care costs. The amount of child support a parent is owed will depend on the parents’ incomes, the number of children involved, how much support the children receive from other sources, child care expenses, and other factors. Under Oklahoma law, child support for minor children must be paid until the child turns 18 years old, while support for physically or mentally disabled children can continue indefinitely.
- Alimony payments. Alimony is a payment from one spouse to another to make up for the sudden financial inequality caused by divorce. These payments are referred to as spousal support, and can be paid during the divorce process (called spousal maintenance) or continue after the divorce is final (as alimony). Alimony can be paid monthly or in a lump sump in the form of property (such as a house or investments). Courts will examine a number of factors when determining the amount of alimony, including each spouse’s age, income, job skills, and the length of the marriage.
Call Our Caddo County Divorce and Custody Attorneys Today
Our attorneys know what you are going through, and we understand how important it is for you to get your family’s lives back on track. Call our offices today to get straightforward legal advice on your divorce, custody, or child support case.