If you or someone close to you is going through or about to go through a divorce, there is no denying the fact that you will have questions. The Oklahoma divorce lawyers of Fry & Elder realize this and wish to provide you with some answers to some of the more frequently asked questions in regards to divorce in Oklahoma.
How long should I expect it to take to get a divorce in Oklahoma?
When there are no minor children involved and when the divorce is uncontested, the involved parties generally can expect a 90-day waiting period between filing the petition and when the divorce can be granted by the court. A divorce can be finalized in as little 10 days if the parties do not have any minor children. A divorce usually will take longer than 90 days to complete if it is contested.
How do I know whether or not to hire an Oklahoma divorce lawyer?
Unless your divorce is amicable, you likely will want and need to hire an experienced family law attorney. When there are minor children involved an attorney is needed to help make sure that custody and visitation rights are settled accordingly to your best interests.
How much should I expect to pay?
Each divorce case varies, which makes it difficult to gauge an exact figure on the cost. Most Oklahoma divorce lawyers will charge a retainer fee on contested matters, but several will charge a flat fee on uncontested divorces. Clients are responsible for filing fees and any other additional out-of-pocket expenses.
How is child custody handled in a divorce case?
There are two types of child custody in Oklahoma. The first is sole custody of any minor children involved, which usually allows for visitation rights to the other parent. The second is joint custody in which both parties are responsible for making decisions on for the child. When a case is contested, custody is decided by the court according to the best interests of the child.
How is child support handled?
In accordance with Oklahoma law, both parties have an obligation to contribute financial support to the child. The amount of child support each parent is responsible for paying is calculated through a formula that factors in several things, including income. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has made available a free online child support calculator to assist you in determining an estimate of your potential child support.
Experience the Fry & Elder difference
These are just some answers to some of the more typical questions about divorce. We realize each case is different, which is why we encourage you to contact the family law offices of Fry & Elder to set up a personal consultation with one of our accomplished Oklahoma divorce lawyers. Fry & Elder is regarded as one of the best Oklahoma family law firms and has made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Law Firms from 2014-2016. Fry & Elder founder Robert G “Hap” Fry Jr. has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Oklahoma and is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Fellow firm attorneys James Elder, M. Shane Henry and Aaron D. Bundy all have garnered the prestigious AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindal-Hubbell®, which is the highest recognition in the legal industry. Additionally, the firm’s Luke Barteaux was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015. Contact Fry & Elder today should you have any questions regarding divorce and child custody in Oklahoma.