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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:

  • Homes
  • Vehicles
  • Retirement accounts (including 401(k)s, IRAs, pensions and savings plans)
  • Investments in real estate, stock and mutual funds
  • Family businesses/business interests
  • Credit card debts
  • Tax debts
  • Unpaid loans

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.

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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.

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Drug Charges

Everyone makes mistakes. Some mistakes are insignificant. However, when mistakes involve drunk driving or drug possession, they can be very serious and carry life-altering consequences, including steep fines and jail time.

We represent clients in Owasso, Skiatook, Collinsville, Claremore and the greater Tulsa area who have been arrested on suspicion of drug possession or driving under the influence (DUI). We believe that good people can make mistakes, and that all clients deserve a competent criminal defense and the personal attention to get them through these difficult situations.

Our clients include adults and juveniles, many of whom have jobs or attend school, are known in their communities, and who have never before had a serious arrest. We work hard to limit the damage arrests for drunk driving and drug possession can cause.

Why You Need To Fight A Criminal Charge | DUI Defense Attorneys

There are many reasons to fight back after being arrested on suspicion of DUI or drug possession. First, you may be able to have your charge dismissed by proving that proper investigative procedures were not followed or that the evidence does not support the charge. Second, with proper discovery and investigation, we may be able to use the evidence obtained to acquit you of the charge. Finally, if the evidence is not on your side, we can seek to limit the consequences so that you may be able to resume your life.

As defense attorneys, we do not just take law enforcement officers at their word. We know mistakes are made in searches, blood testing and investigations. When police make mistakes, it’s our job to identify the mistakes and prevent them from harming our clients.

If you remain unconvinced about retaining an attorney, consider what can happen if you do not mount an adequate defense. You may needlessly face charges that are unfounded or overbearing. You will be at the mercy of a judge or jury, who may only hear one side of the story. Take control of the situation and hire an attorney who will listen and fight for your best interests.

Retain an experienced DUI and drug defense lawyer to defend you against any misdemeanor or felony DUI or drug charges.

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DUI Means Automatic License Suspension — Unless You Act

Here is something many people who are charged with DUI do not know: Their driver’s licenses are endangered from the moment they are arrested. This is because Oklahoma follows a dual administrative and criminal process in prosecuting DUI cases.

If you blow over the legal limit on an Intoxilyzer test or refuse a test altogether, two things happen: You are charged in criminal court with DUI, DWI, or APC, and you are reported to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), which will automatically suspend your license unless you request an administrative hearing within 15 days of the date of your arrest. If a hearing is not requested within those 15 days, even if your charges are eventually dropped or you are acquitted at trial, the suspension will still stand. Having a valid license to drive is essential. Our law firm knows exactly what to do to challenge any suspension and can assist in securing a modified license if necessary.

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Divorce raises many questions that must be answered legally, through negotiations, mediation or a decision by a judge in court. They include:

  • What will happen to our money?
  • What will happen to our house?
  • What will happen to our kids?

We help our clients answer these and other questions while improving their lives.

Our experienced divorce lawyers use legal tools including negotiation, mediation and litigation to help clients in the Tulsa metropolitan area to attain their goals concerning marital assets, child access and family support.

Will Your Divorce Be Contested Or Uncontested? | Owasso Divorce Mediation Attorneys

If divorcing spouses are willing to resolve conflicts concerning property division, child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support out of court, they can eliminate much of the expense, time and cost of a court trial, while retaining control of the terms that are decided. As long as a divorce settlement does not violate any laws and is considered beneficial to any children involved, it is likely to be approved by a judge after a brief court hearing.

Settling an uncontested divorce in this way streamlines the divorce process and tends to create durable solutions that are beneficial for both parties and their children. Because of this, negotiated divorce is strongly encouraged by the court system. Indeed, most Oklahoma divorces are resolved in this way. You may have heard of this by the name “waiver divorce.”

Alternatives To Court: Mediation And Collaborative Law

If negotiation is not possible, however, divorcing spouses may seek a mediated solution. Instead of negotiating directly with each other, the parties present their concerns to an impartial mediator who considers each party’s circumstances.

Based on the testimony of the spouses and their attorneys, the mediator may suggest settlement terms. The parties may agree to these terms, reject them, or use them as a basis for future negotiations. Oklahoma divorce courts usually require divorcing parties to enter mediation before they will hear a divorce case.

Another option is for the spouses and their attorneys to work together collaboratively. Our attorneys include both trained mediators and certified practitioners of collaborative law techniques.

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Litigation

When divorcing parties are unable to reach consensus, they may take their dispute to court in a contested divorce. In a divorce trial, the spouses may argue for their desired outcomes, but ultimately a judge determines the terms under which the parties, and their children, will live. Our attorneys are experienced, effective and aggressive advocates for our clients in the courtroom.

When Circumstances Change | Modifications Of Orders

People’s lives change over time. When a divorced person’s financial and/or personal circumstances change significantly, he or she may seek a modification to an order for alimony, child custody or child support. Modifications can allow for increased or decreased financial support and amend how responsibilities toward children will be carried out.