Tulsa Family Law Firm
When you are faced with life changing decisions involving separation and divorce, it is important to choose a Tulsa Family Law attorney you can trust to be your advocate. Our firm will work with you to find the best solutions for your individual needs as we assist you with your family Law issue. Our firm handles the following types of family law cases:
Divorce: Divorce cases are first and foremost about the lives, relationships, and futures of the people involved. Because divorce creates significant disruption resulting in permanent changes there are many questions you might have at the outset, such as: How will we split up our property? Will I be able to support myself? How do I protect my relationship with my children? Where will I live? Where will my children live? A Tulsa divorce attorney who can guide you through the process, help you formulate goals, set realistic expectations, provide you with options, formulate a case strategy, negotiate from a position of strength, and ultimately be prepared to litigate if reasonable agreements cannot be reached. It is important to seek counsel from a qualified Tulsa divorce attorney who is dedicated to supporting you through the challenges of the process with compassionate, yet thorough and aggressive representation. If you are in need of a legal opinion from a Tulsa Divorce Attorney, feel free to contact our office today for a free consultation.
Child Custody: Similar to other states, Oklahoma courts use the “best interests of the child” standard to decide child custody and visitation issues. Obviously, this standard varies from child to child, so it is important you seek an opinion from a qualified attorney regarding your specific case. Child custody refers to all parental rights in the rearing of the child, including the right to direct a child’s activities and to make decisions for their well-being. Visitation or time-sharing is a form of custody. Fathers and mothers have the same legal rights to seek custody of or visitation with their minor children.
Child Support: Although the parties may not believe child support is an issue, the court is independently required to ensure that appropriate child support obligations are set in all family law cases involving children (under the theory that parents should support their children so that state taxpayers are not called upon to do so). This can be complicated and a knowledgeable child support attorney is essential to the process.
Property Division: When going through a divorce, the parties are faced with many complicated issues that can make the procedure of divorce extremely stressful. Many couples have to go through this process of property division, because each individual generally has a right to 50% of the assets obtained through the life of the marriage, but the separation of assets in Oklahoma can be much more complicated than simply dividing the assets in half. Unfortunately, this division sometimes involves the liquidation of assets. This can lead to unfortunate and stressful confrontations if you do not have the legal help you need to guide you through this process. Our family law attorneys can help provide rational input as well as protection to the involved individual.
The state of Oklahoma is referred to as an “equitable distribution” state, which means that if the parties are not going to be able to settle their dispute informally, the court system will step in and follow a certain procedure to complete the property division/separation of assets. These steps are as follows:
- Discovery, much like in a civil court proceeding, in order to properly classify which items are considered “marital” property.
- Assign a monetary value to all the marital property and marital debt. Distribute the marital assets between the two parties in as equitable a manner as possible.
- Equitable does not mean equal, but rather what is deemed to be fair by the Court.