1.What are some of the issues that need to be sorted out when spouses decide to separate?

  • If you have accumulated property during the course of your marriage (home, vehicles, retirement plan funds, goods etc…) you will need to sort those out. The majority of couples will also have accumulated some debts during the marriage. With few exceptions, all property and debt acquired during the marriage are considered marital and will need to be divided in some way. This can be one of the most important and challenging parts of a divorce.
  • Another major part of many divorces is who will get custody of the children. If you have all been living together as a family up until the time of separation, this will be a difficult transition for everyone. There are many factors to be considered when making decision on who will receive custody and how much time each parent will spend with the children. When disagreements between parents arise, this process can be lengthy.
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2.How long does a divorce take?

  • If both spouses are in agreement on all issues to be addressed in the divorce, it can be a fairly short process. However, if support alimony, the distribution of property and debt, or custody of the children are at issue, getting divorced can be a lengthy process.

3.What is the difference between physical custody and legal custody?

  • Physical custody refers to the amount of time you spend with your child(ren). There are various arrangements for physical custody. Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions regarding matters such as the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing.

4.How is custody determined in Oklahoma?

  • In Oklahoma, the court considers what is in the best interest of the child(ren). The court will take into account the physical, mental, and moral welfare of the child(ren).

5.How much will my divorce cost me?

  • The answer to this question is always circumstantial. Normally, an attorney cannot estimate the cost until he or she has met with the client and is able to understand the issues involved in the case. It will also depend on the amount of time that needs to be dedicated to each individual case. After meeting with a potential client, your attorney will quote you an initial retainer fee, which is essentially a down payment towards the total cost of your divorce case, and generally, it will not cover the total cost of your case.