Knowing what to expect when filing for divorce, can help take the anxiety out of divorce. Below is a high level overview of what to expect if you plan on filing for divorce in Oklahoma.
How Does The Divorce Process Begin?
The divorce process begins with filing a petition for divorce. This document must be filed with the appropriate court, along with the filing fee. The petition must include information about the parties, including their names, addresses, and the grounds for the divorce. In Oklahoma, either party can file for divorce, and parties often use irreconcilable differences as cause for divorce.
Once the petition is filed, either party can request temporary orders. These orders can address issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, and the use of marital property. Temporary orders can be in place until the final divorce decree is entered.
Discovery is the process of obtaining information from the other party. This can include requests for documents, written questions, and depositions. Discovery is an essential part of the divorce process, as it allows both parties to gather the necessary information to make informed decisions.
In Oklahoma, mediation is often required before the case can proceed to trial. Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps the parties reach an agreement on the issues in the case. Mediation can be an effective way to resolve disputes and avoid the expense and uncertainty of trial.
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, the case will proceed to trial. At trial, each party will present evidence and arguments to the judge, who will then make a decision on the issues in the case. The trial can be a lengthy and expensive process, but it is sometimes necessary to achieve a fair and just outcome.
Final Divorce Decree
Once the trial is over, the judge will enter a final divorce decree. This document will set forth the terms of the divorce, including issues such as property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support. The final divorce decree is binding and enforceable.
The divorce process can be complex and emotional, but understanding what to expect can help make the process more manageable. If you are considering divorce in Oklahoma City, it is essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through the process. At Hayes Legal Solutions, PLLC, our team of attorneys is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal representation to our clients.
We can help you navigate the complexities of divorce and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. Contact us today at 405-635-5578