Oklahoma Divorce FAQs:
Steps To File Your Own Divorce:
Step 1: Download our free online divorce forms kit.
Step 2: The person who is deciding to file for divorce must complete all of the required divorce forms. The finished divorce papers must then be filed with the family court in the state where you reside. You can get divorced in a state other than the state you were married in as long as you meet the residency requirements for the state where you are going to file your divorce. You will also be required to pay a filing fee for your complete divorce forms. The fee to file for divorce varies from state to state. Check with your local family court to get the exact cost to file for divorce in your state.
Step 3: The spouce that files for divorce must notify the other spouse that you have filed for divorce by using the divorce forms included in our download.
Step 4: You and your spouse should outline in your divorce settlement agreement the terms you have agreed upon and set forth for one another such as child custody and support, property and asset division, spousal support, etc.
Step 5: After you have completed all of the required divorce forms and have filed them in divorce court, the court will review your divorce documents and issue you a final decree of divorce.
Oklahoma law permits divorces based upon several different causes. Among the are: 1. Abandonment for one (1) year. 2. Adultery. 3. Impotence. 4. When wife at time of marriage is pregnant for someone other than her husband. 5. Extreme cruelty. 6. Fraudulent contract. 7. Habitual drunkenness. 8. Gross neglect of duty. 9. Imprisonment for the commission of a felony. 10. Insanity for a period of five (5) years, and 11. the "no-fault" ground of incompatibility of the parties. OSA 43-101
Residency requirements Oklahoma law requires that one of the spouses must be a resident of the state for a minimum of six (6) months immediately prior to the filing of the petition for divorce. OSA 43-102
Venue The petition may be filed in the county where the plaintiff has been a resident for at least thirty (30) days, or where the defendant resides. OSA 43-103 name of court and title of action/parties Actions for divorce in the State of Oklahoma are filed in the District Court. The name of the action initiating the divorce is the Petition for Divorce, while the title of the action granting the divorce is referred to as the Decree of Divorce. The party who files the action is the Plaintiff, while the other party to the action is the Defendant. OSA 43-101
Legal separation Oklahoma law permits a spouse to bring an action for alimony against the other spouse without a divorce. The defenses to this action are the same as for a divorce action. OSA 43-129
Waiting period In a divorce action involving minor children, the court will not issue a decree of divorce until ninety (90) days have elapsed from the date of the filing of the petition. In addition, it is unlawful for a party to divorce action to remarry (except to each other) or cohabit with another for six months from the date of decree. Any person who violates this provision is guilty of bigamy and may be imprisoned for a term of not less than one (1) year and not more than three (3) years in the State Penitentiary. OSA 43-107.1, 43-123
Alimony Either spouse may be awarded alimony out of real and personal property of the other spouse as the court deems reasonable. The court shall make such award either in a lump sum or in installments, as it deems reasonable and just. The obligation to pay alimony terminates upon the death or remarriage of the recipient or upon the voluntary cohabitation of the recipient with a member of the opposite sex. OSA 43-121 Distribution of property Oklahoma is an equitable distribution state. This means that the court will divide the marital property between the parties as it deems equitable and just. The court may divide the property in kind, or by setting aside the property to one party and requiring the other party to be paid in such amount as may be fair and just to effect and equitable division. OSA 43-121
Child custody Oklahoma courts will decide the issue of custody based upon the best interests of the child. Custody may be granted to either parent or to both parents jointly. When awarding custody, the court shall consider which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and continuing contact with the other parent. Gender of the parties shall not be a consideration in determining custody of the child. If either or both parents have requested joint custody, the party so requesting shall submit to the court parenting plans detailing the arrangements for the care of the child. Such plans shall include provisions relating to the medical and dental care of the child, school placement, physical living arrangements for the child, child support obligations, and visitation rights. In determining custody, the child may express his or her preference, although the court shall not be bound by the preference expressed by the child. The court may require the parties to a divorce involving minor children to attend an educational program concerning the impact of divorce on children and conflict resolution between parents. The court may also order individual counseling, as it deems appropriate. OSA 43-112
Child support The Oklahoma legislature has established child support guidelines which establish the presumptive correct amount of child support. Deviation from the guidelines require a specific finding by the court that application of the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate and such findings must be included in the judgment. Child support orders may be modified upon a showing of material change in circumstances of the parties. A child shall be entitled to support until the child reaches eighteen (18) years of age. OSA 43-112 name change When a divorce is granted, the court may restore the wife to her maiden or former name if she so desires. OSA 43-121.