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Don't forget to update your estate plan after a divorce

When it comes to divorce, couples in Oklahoma have a myriad of issues to work through. Property division, child custody and support and spousal support are only the tip of the iceberg. One issue that may be easily overlooked is what to do with one's estate plan following a divorce. However, failing to address this topic could lead to undesirable consequences down the road.

Alimony and the appeal of oil tycoon's divorce

In the ongoing saga of the divorce between Continental Resources oil tycoon Harold Hamm and his ex-wife comes the issue of alimony and a divorce appeal. Hamm's ex-wife reportedly cashed an alimony payment of $975 million. However, she claims that this action should not block her appeal of the divorce. According to her, even if the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects her request for a higher award, it is nearly impossible for the court to lower what she has already been awarded.

Child custody issues often require cooperation

When a couple in Oklahoma has a child together, they often work together to create a loving home for that child. However, their parenting duties do not stop if their relationship comes to an end. In fact, after a separation or divorce parents may have to work together -- through cooperation and communication -- to keep their child's best interests at heart. This can be difficult to accomplish at times.

The dangers of overspending during a divorce

For many Oklahomans, divorce can be costly. Between property division, spousal support and child support, the expenses quickly add up. However, there are steps they can take to lessen the financial blow a divorce can cause.

What is the relationship between divorce and taxes?

As tax season looms, recent divorcees in Oklahoma may have many questions. After all, divorce is a life-changing venture that can affect every aspect of a person's life, including their taxes. Here are some of the most important things Oklahomans should know about divorce and taxes.

When to honor the child's preferences after divorce

Even the best of divorces can be hard on a child. Children in Oklahoma depend on their parents to provide them with a safe and stable home environment, especially after a big life change such as divorce. The needs of the child vary depending on how old the child is, as well as their personality and relationship with each parent. In some circumstances, a child is able to express a preference as to which parent they wish to live with. This is usually true when determining child custody and visitation periods.

When is child support considered past due in Oklahoma?

Whether it is referred to as child support arrearages, arrears, delinquencies or simply past-due support, falling behind on child support payments in Oklahoma can be a serious situation. There are legal penalties for delinquent payments, which is why it is crucial to know when payments are considered past due.

Football coach takes guardianship of orphaned student athlete

There are times in Oklahoma when minor children are in a situation in which they might need to live with people other than their parents. There could be a variety of reasons as to why this situation might occur. There could be domestic abuse, illness or numerous other reasons for a guardianship action to be initiated. The most important aspect of this type of situation is to ensure that the youngsters are properly cared for and in some circumstances, a guardianship is the best way to achieve this goal.

A high school football player who lost both his parents within three years went to live with his coach after a court awarded the coach and his family legal guardianship of the teenage boy. The father had died from ALS when the student was in his first year of high school. The coach had tried to help the student by providing a father figure for him. When his mother died, the student asked the coach if he could live with him and his family until he finished high school. During his senior year, the boy has been living with his coach as part of the family.

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