While divorcing spouses can permanently resolve their disputes about property at the time of a divorce, issues concerning children can continue for years.
When parents divorce – or break up if they are not married – their child-rearing duties do not cease. If anything, parents find they have to communicate and cooperate, almost as much after a divorce or separation than when they were together.
We understand that families are a work in progress. Whether you are considering a divorce, have been served with divorce papers, or are estranged from the child’s other parent, you need an experienced family law attorney who understands Oklahoma child custody, child support and child visitation laws and procedures.
Our Child Legal Services | Owasso Visitation Attorneys
Our attorneys have that experience and understanding. They have represented clients in many child-related legal matters. As seasoned litigators and proven negotiators trained in mediation and collaborative law techniques, they assist our clients in resolving important issues related to:
Child custody and visitation:Retaining parenting rights after a divorce, separation or other relationship breakdown, and determining your options for joint legal custody, physical custody and/or visitation.
Child support:Assisting parents in obtaining child support that complies with state formulas and accurately reflect the parents’ financial circumstances.
Child removal/relocation:Assisting parents in resolving custody, visitation and other issues resolving child removal, particularly when those parents need to move out of the state.
Modifications of orders: Seeking to modify the terms of court orders relating to divorce, child custody, child support or alimony when personal or financial circumstances change substantially, as well as seeking to stop others’ requests to modify those terms.
Enforcement:Helping clients to enforce court orders for child support, spousal support and custody, as well as to obtain and enforce restraining orders and orders for protection.
Paternity:Establishing a child’s parentage can entitle him or her to child support and health care benefits from the father. It may also legally permit a father to have access to a child. Our lawyers represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions.
Termination of parental rights:Ensuring the safety and well-being of the child by seeking to end a parent’s rights to a child when there is abuse or neglect in the home.
Being charged with a crime is a stressful and scary time in your life. A criminal conviction can change your life forever. Take action today to protect your rights and minimize the consequences of your arrest. Retain a criminal defense lawyer at our Law Office.
Whether you are accused of a DUI, DWI, APC, drug possession, larceny or any other misdemeanor or felony charge, you have options. Our lawyers will take the time to listen, answer your questions, and work with you to determine the best strategy to defend yourself. If you have arrests or convictions on your record, you may be entitled to have those arrests expunged and your record completely cleaned up. Contact the firm online or call 918-376-7208 for a free consultation to explore your options.
Working For Your Best Interests
If you face criminal charges in Oklahoma, you want to stay out of jail and keep your record clean. Finding the right lawyer is crucial to mounting an effective defense. An experienced and conscientious criminal defense lawyer can help you minimize the damage to your life and your future. You need an attorney who will give you the personal and professional attention you deserve throughout this ordeal.
As your attorneys, our job is to help you — to be on your side and to advocate for your best interests. Once we have a thorough understanding of the facts of your case, we will work with you to decide the best way forward. We are experienced and effective plea negotiators and skilled trial lawyers, willing to take your case to trial if that is your best option.
Among our attorneys is Julie Henson, a former assistant public defender in Oklahoma County as well as a former assistant district attorney for Logan County. She has more than 15 years of experience handling Oklahoma criminal cases and is committed to your defense.
Good People Make Mistakes | Let Us Defend You
Good people make mistakes. The issue is what to do to put those mistakes behind you and return your life to normal. We handle a wide variety of Oklahoma felony and misdemeanor offenses in both district and municipal courts, cases such as:
A Drunk Driving Arrest Can Suspend Your Driver’s License
If you have been charged with DUI, DWI or APC in Oklahoma, you need to take action immediately to protect your driving privileges. You only have 15 days after a drunk driving arrest to request an implied consent hearing from the Department of Public Safety, or you will lose your driver’s license. The right attorney can make it possible to keep your driver’s license from being suspended at that hearing, or secure a modified license that would allow you to continue to drive. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is essential to contact a lawyer immediately.
Municipal Court Cases
Any type of criminal matter that is handled in municipal court, even traffic tickets, should have the attention of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Having handled countless cases in municipal court, both in Owasso, Skiatook, Collinsville, Tulsa and surrounding areas, our attorneys can zealously take charge of your case and fight the municipal cases that you are facing. We are conveniently located in Owasso and are experienced in handling those cases filed in city courts.
Oklahoma is an equitable division state. Under law, assets and debts that spouses acquire during their marriage must be divided equally between them when the marriage ends.
Although this division is called “equitable,” it may not seem fair or equal to you. Assets are divided by their monetary value, not their sentimental value or the value you think they are worth. Similarly, debts that one spouse accrued during a marriage are usually the responsibility of both spouses in a divorce, not just the spouse who acquired the debt.
Our lawyers help divorcing clients to secure fair and reasonable divisions of assets and debts through negotiations, mediations and in divorce trials.
Marital assets and debts we assist our clients in dividing include:
Retain the firm, and our experienced asset division lawyers can discuss your circumstances with you, determine your actual marital assets and debts, and secure accurate valuations of those assets and debts — all with the goal of bringing you the most benefit with the least amount of hardship.
How Does Spousal Support Figure In? | Owasso Property Division Attorneys
In Oklahoma, spousal support (also known as alimony) is not guaranteed in a divorce. However, it can be awarded by a judge when one spouse has significant advantages in income or assets over the other. A typical situation in which alimony is awarded is when one spouse has a job and comparatively higher education while the other spouse lacks job experience, skills and education. Whether one spouse has borne a greater burden for child rearing can also be a factor.
In such situations, the disadvantaged spouse can be granted monthly payments of alimony from the more advantaged spouse for a period lasting from a few months (while the disadvantaged spouse pursues education or attempts to establish a career) to many years (if the disadvantaged spouse is elderly or the marriage has lasted many years).
Divorcing spouses may also agree to alimony as part of a divorce settlement. Our attorneys assist clients in both contested and uncontested alimony actions.
Using Mediation, Negotiation To Get What You Need
In a court trial, you may have very little control over who gets the house, the cars or family heirlooms. You also have little control over how your marital debts are divided. In mediations and collaborative negotiations, however, you can influence those decisions and obtain the assets you most want and need, while avoiding debts that may not really have been yours to begin with.
Our lawyers include experienced family law negotiators, trained mediators and certified collaborative lawyers who understand how to resolve the basic issues of disputes without resorting to expensive, time-consuming and emotionally exhausting divorce trials. They can be extremely helpful in sorting your marital debt division and marital assets division.
Mired In Debts? Bankruptcy Can Provide A Fresh Start
Many people find that they have less money than they need to pay their bills after a divorce. We help indebted clients to have their debts discharged completely through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy processes.
Please note that you may not discharge debts that were assigned to you in a divorce proceeding. For this reason, it is important that you consult with a bankruptcy attorney as soon as possible to get the advice you need.