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The history of paternity tests: Blood typing

For unmarried couples in Oklahoma or for other couples who may question who the father of a child is, DNA testing is one way to scientifically answer that question. Many times these days a DNA test involves a swab of the cheek of the presumed father and the child to compare their DNA. However, in the days before cheek swabbing, blood typing was used as a way to determine who a child's biological father was.

Studies reveal common factors that lead to divorce

Each divorce in Oklahoma is unique and complex in its own manner. There are often many factors that lead a couple to decide that they are best off ending their marriage. The following are some major factors that studies have found have the potential to lead to divorce.

What types of visitation time may be awarded in a divorce?

An important part of a child custody order is the visitation time that is awarded to the noncustodial parent in Oklahoma. Visitation, in some circumstances, may be awarded unless there are safety issues involving the noncustodial parent. These safety issues could include substance abuse, child abuse or other types of dangerous situations. In general, there are three main types of visitation that may be awarded.

Mediation and collaboration: Oklahoma divorce alternatives

Does a divorce necessarily mean a heated emotional battle with each partner waging an acrimonious war against one another? Not always. Some couples in Oklahoma opt for mediation or collaborative law as an alternative to litigation in their divorce.

Completing a petition for guardianship in Oklahoma

When a person petitions to be the guardian of a child in Oklahoma, he or she needs to fill out specific forms. These forms can be filed out online or they can be filled out via traditional paperwork. There is certain information that one needs when filling out these forms.

What is the relationship between OK social media and divorce?

Social media is a deeply ingrained part of Oklahoma society. People all across Oklahoma post comments on Facebook, update their status on Twitter, share photos on Instagram and much more. These accounts can contain extremely personal information, and it is becoming more and more of an issue when it comes to divorce. Why is this so?

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.

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