Possible Consequences of a Non Attorney Handling Your Divorce in Tulsa
Have you seen those signs on the side of the road that say something like, “$200 Divorce with Children?” I have. I see them on my way home or when I’m out shopping. Unfortunately, I also see the results of such companies and it is usually when a client is in front me, asking me to fix what companies like that have done to his or her life. I see slap-dash forms filed by people in Tulsa every day. They don’t address what is actually required in a Petition. They put information onto Petitions that you don’t want in a public records, like your social security number right next to your birth date and full legal name. They also don’t give you all the other documents that need to be filed with a Petition. And, if you want to separate your assets or debts and these companies write your Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, you better hope they put the right language in them or you could be paying of your ex’s debts for years to come. I’m not saying every company like this is horrible. There may be some out there that are great. I just haven’t had the fortunate experience of having to deal with them. It may seem expensive to pay for an attorney when you and your spouse are agreeing to a divorce, but it becomes a lot more expensive when you have to pay an attorney to fix all the things wrong with your Divorce Decree. So, you could pay a little bit extra in the beginning, but end up saving yourself thousands in the long run. Think about it. Would you pay someone who doesn’t have a medical degree to perform surgery on you just because it was cheaper?
Laura Nichelle Wardrip is a Tulsa native. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Through her academic career, she has focused her education on issues related to the family, such issues as domestic violence, mental disorders, and helping bring people together by finding a common ground. As an attorney licensed in Oklahoma and a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Ms. Wardrip’s primary area of practice is that of family law, which includes such actions as divorce, paternity, child support, guardianships, and adoptions. Her broad experience in the area of family law includes having practiced in Tulsa County, Wagoner County, Muskogee County, Washington County, Pawnee County, Osage County, Okmulgee County, and Creek County. Ms. Wardrip is diligent in professionally handling cases in an informative and personal manner. She is dedicated to the client’s needs and is an advocate for the client’s goals. It is important to work with the client to find the best results for each client. A strong commitment to the community has been a driving force for Ms. Wardrip as she is a frequent volunteer with organizations working to help the homeless in the Tulsa area including Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless and Iron Gate.