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Parents Disagree On Child’s Last Name, Court Decides

When unmarried couples have a child, they may disagree about what name to give the child.  Oklahoma Statutes describe the process for bringing the matter to court. Oklahoma judges have broad discretion to decide whether to change a child’s name. In the recent case of Reed v. Remmert, after the Court established father’s parentage, Dad [..]

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A Primer on Common Law Marriage in Oklahoma

Most people hold a formal ceremony to establish their marriage. Married couples get a license and formally record their ceremonial marriage at the courthouse. Oklahoma is among a handful of states that still recognize non-ceremonial marriages, also called “common-law” marriages. These marriages are formed through the consent of the parties who enter into the marriage, [..]

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Oklahoma Judicial Appointment Process Threatened – Say No to SJR21

It’s silly season in the Oklahoma Legislature. One of the silliest ideas is to put politicians in charge of the commission that nominates Oklahoma judges. Lawmakers are threatening to abolish the commission and freeze judicial salaries if they don’t get their way. The legislature hopes you won’t notice what they are doing with Senate Joint [..]

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Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Opinion Summarized

   In a landmark ruling, a federal judge in Oklahoma strikes down the Oklahoma Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.  Judge Terence C. Kern found on Tuesday that denying same-sex couples the right to a marriage license to be an “arbitrary, irrational exclusion. . . from a governmental benefit” which denies them equal protection under the [..]

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Divorce Arbitration in Oklahoma

Arbitration is not often used as a tool to resolve domestic cases in Oklahoma.  It is useful, though, when applied to the right case.  Consider the following advantages and disadvantages of matrimonial arbitration. ADVANTAGES Privacy – Arbitration usually takes place in a private office.  No one is present unless all parties agree.  Parties keep control [..]

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