Regardless how commonplace divorce cases are, the idea of divorce still triggers serious emotions and anxiety for most individuals. During this difficult time, it is important to retain a lawyer who sincerely understands your situation and can work tirelessly to protect your rights and best interests. At Bundren Law Firm P.C., we provide compassionate and competent advocacy, helping you get favorable results in all types of divorce cases.
Our Tulsa divorce lawyer has in-depth experience representing countless clients in all divorce-related issues, including high-asset divorce cases. You can rest assured that we give your case personalized attention in order to craft a legal strategy that best protects your rights and promotes your best interest.
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In order to start the divorce process, you and your spouse must fulfill the residency requirements in Oklahoma. This means one of you must have lived in Oklahoma for at least 6 months, and you must have lived in the county in which you’re filing for divorce for at least 30 days. If you meet the requirements, you can file a petition for divorce. The petition must be filed in the District Court of the county of residence of either spouse. Whoever submits the petition must serve their spouse, called the Respondent, through the mail or by hand delivery.
If you and your spouse can agree on most things, you are more likely to complete a divorce in as little as 10 days. However, if they can’t agree on anything, they will need to either negotiate the terms of their divorce or hire attorneys to negotiate for them. Particularly contentious divorces will require both spouses go to court to resolve the terms of the divorce.
The divorce itself is settled in a final hearing that occurs in the court of the original county of filing. This hearing is not specific to the couple, and uncontested divorces are often handed out en masse.
How long a divorce takes and how expensive it is will depend a great deal on how much you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce. Without children, the process is much easier. If you and your spouse have no children and can agree on all essential points in a divorce, you may not even need to consult an attorney to finalize the proceedings.
Lawyers are most essential, however, when spouses can’t agree on how to divide property and/ or when they can’t agree on how to determine custody. If your spouse is attempting to get full custody of your child, you will want an experienced attorney on your side to help best present your case.
In some cases, people might also depend on an attorney to help negotiate or mediate between themselves and their spouses. “Collaborative practice,” as it’s called, involves both spouses and their attorneys agreeing to not go to litigation for the divorce and try and settle everything in negotiations. This option is usually much faster and less expensive for both parties.
If you and your spouse feel the need to part ways, but are still undecided on your marital status, our firm can provide a legally binding separation agreement. The agreement addresses the same issues as in a divorce case, such as property division and child support without the court proceedings. Our Tulsa family law attorney can help you with negotiations and draft a sound agreement that can hold up in court.
Before you and your partner say “I do,” consider getting a premarital agreement. It may sound unromantic, but as the divorce rate continues to rise, it is best to be prepared. This step can also help ensure you are in agreement regarding your assets, businesses, and even debts. We can evaluate your situation to make sure that the agreement is amenable to both parties and legally binding in court.
Our firm can always find a way to protect your rights. If you need a Tulsa divorce lawyer, call (918) 992-3300!