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Couple Still Fighting Over House Ten Years After Divorce

People getting a divorce generally do not make good business partners.  One Oklahoma couple learned this the hard way.  After trying to maximize the return on their marital residence, they ended up back in court ten years later. The Original Plan When the couple divorced in 1995, they entered into a settlement agreement which placed [..]

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What Will Your Divorce Ceremony or Ritual Look Like?

The legal process of divorce does nothing to heal the emotional pain caused by ending a marriage relationship. Filing final papers in court makes you legally single, but healing the damage to your psyche follows an unrelated timetable.  Divorce can be even more traumatic than the death of a loved one. Instead of a loss [..]

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Terminating Parental Rights Is Not A Quick Fix For A Poor Parenting Relationship

Can one parent waive receiving child support, the other parent waive visitation, and the parents agree to terminate the rights of the non-paying, non-visiting parent?  Family law attorneys answer this question regularly.   The short answer in Oklahoma is no. The Oklahoma Legislature repealed the statute authorizing private termination of parental rights in 1997.  A parent [..]

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A Note on Fatherhood – Are You On Your Child’s Birth Certificate?

A recent Centers For Disease Control & Prevention report documents the rising number of out-of-wedlock births.  From 2006-2010, 45% of women age 15-44 who had children were unmarried, either not living with, or living with but not married to the father.  The number of women living with but not married to the father of their [..]

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Dividing Stock Options In A Divorce – Part III

In Part I of this topic, I discussed how stock options are characterized as marital or separate property.  Part II of this topic addressed the valuation and distribution of stock options in divorce actions.  This last in the series, Part III, discusses the information needed to divide stock options in divorce. Each case involving stock [..]

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