There are certain circumstances in which the court will deem it necessary to appoint a guardian to a child under 18 years old. This may be the case if both of the child's parents have died or if for some reason the child's parents are incapable of raising the child. Guardians are often relatives of the child, but not always. Parents may have stipulated in a will who is to be a child's guardian should the parents both pass away before the child has reached adulthood. The adult who is appointed to care for the child is known as the guardian and the child is known as the ward.
Much can change for a parent after a divorce. This is especially true of a parent's financial circumstances. For example, a parent in Oklahoma could get a job promotion, leading to an increase in income. Or, a parent could be laid off, leading to a decrease in income. In addition, the costs involved in raising a child may vary based on the child's needs. When there is a child support order in place, these fluctuations in a parent's finances could majorly affect the parent's ability to raise the child. For all these reasons, parents may choose to pursue a modification of child support. It is important, then, to ascertain when such a modification may be approved.
Readers of this blog may have been following the divorce drama between Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm and his ex-wife. Recently, the court denied an appeal brought by Hamm's ex-wife to the Oklahoma Supreme Court regarding the couple's divorce case. Back in November 2014, a district court in the state of Oklahoma ruled that Hamm's ex-wife should receive approximately $1 billion of the couple's estate after they divorced. Hamm's ex-wife later cashed a $975 million check from Hamm. Despite that, Hamm's wife contested the award, as it allowed Hamm to retain most of the couple's $18 billion marital estate.
Many residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma, spend years amassing retirement savings. Yet when it comes to divorce, one's eventual retirement may be the last thing on one's mind. However, one should keep in mind that retirement assets, just like any other asset, will go through the property division process following a divorce. This is especially important, as going from a two-income household to a one-income household can have a serious effect not just on one's day-to-day lifestyle, but on their ability to retire when they want to as well.
Property and debt division can be a much-debated topic in any Oklahoma divorce. After all, one can become very attached to certain possessions, particularly those that hold sentimental value. In addition, neither spouse wants to be burdened with an unfair amount of the marital debts. Because of this, many Oklahomans seek legal help when it comes to property division.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.