How to File for Divorce in Oklahoma

Apr 10, 2021


Welcome to Campbell Law Office, where John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law, offers expert legal advice and assistance for individuals seeking to file for divorce in Oklahoma. Our team specializes in family law and has helped numerous clients successfully navigate the complex divorce process in the state.

Understanding Divorce in Oklahoma

Divorce is a significant life event that can bring about various emotional, financial, and legal complexities. It is essential to have a thorough understanding of the divorce process in Oklahoma to ensure a smoother transition.

Residency Requirements

In order to file for divorce in Oklahoma, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing. The divorce can be filed in the county where either you or your spouse resides.

Grounds for Divorce

Oklahoma allows for both fault-based and no-fault divorces. No-fault divorces can be filed based on incompatibility, while fault-based divorces can be filed for reasons such as adultery, abandonment, cruelty, felony conviction, or insanity.

Legal Separation

If you are unsure about proceeding with a divorce, Oklahoma also recognizes legal separation. Legal separation provides couples with an opportunity to live separately while still being married and can address issues such as custody, visitation, and support.

The Divorce Process

The divorce process in Oklahoma involves several steps, and it is important to understand each one to ensure a successful outcome:

1. Filing the Petition

To initiate the divorce process, the filing spouse must complete and file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the appropriate Oklahoma family court. The petition should include information regarding the grounds for divorce, property division, child custody, visitation, and support.

2. Serving the Other Spouse

Once the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed, the non-filing spouse must be served with a copy of the petition and related documents. This can be done through personal service, by mail, or by publication if the other spouse cannot be located.

3. Response and Counterclaim

After being served with the divorce papers, the non-filing spouse has a specific period of time to respond. They may choose to file a response and potentially a counterclaim, which outlines their desired outcome in the divorce.

4. Discovery and Negotiation

Both spouses, with the assistance of their respective attorneys, will go through a discovery process. This involves gathering and exchanging relevant information, such as financial records, assets, and liabilities. Negotiations can then take place to reach agreements on various issues.

5. Mediation and Settlement

If the spouses are unable to reach a mutual agreement through negotiation alone, they may be required to attend mediation. Mediation involves a neutral third party who helps facilitate discussion and assists in reaching a settlement. If successful, the mediated agreement will be presented to the court for approval.

6. Trial and Final Decree

If all attempts at negotiation and mediation fail, the case may proceed to trial. At trial, both parties present their arguments and evidence before a judge, who then decides on the outstanding issues. Once the judge issues a final decree of divorce, the marriage is legally dissolved.

Why Choose Campbell Law Office?

With so much at stake during the divorce process, choosing the right legal representation is crucial. Here are some reasons why you should consider Campbell Law Office and John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law:

  • Experience and Expertise: John P. Bennett is an experienced family law attorney with a deep understanding of Oklahoma divorce laws. He has successfully represented numerous clients in divorce cases.
  • Personalized Approach: At Campbell Law Office, we recognize that every divorce case is unique. We take a personalized approach, tailoring our strategies to meet your specific needs and objectives.
  • Compassionate Support: We understand the emotional challenges associated with divorce. Our team provides compassionate support and guidance throughout the entire process to ensure that you feel heard and supported.
  • Strong Advocacy: John P. Bennett is a skilled negotiator and litigator who will tenaciously advocate for your rights and best interests both inside and outside the courtroom.

Contact Us Today

If you are considering filing for divorce in Oklahoma, it is important to have the right legal representation by your side. Contact Campbell Law Office and schedule a consultation with John P. Bennett, Attorney at Law. With our expertise and guidance, you can navigate the divorce process with confidence.