Military Retirement, Why isn’t it Half?

Too many times a soldier would walk into my office and inform me “my spouse can’t get any of my retirement, we haven’t been married 10 years”.  This fallacy still exists today and nothing could be further from the truth. There are numerous ways to explain but to focus on…

Property Division

You take the house; I’ll take the dog! Like Alan Jackson said in the song Give It Away “There ain’t nothing in this house worth fighting’ over Oh, we’re both tired of fighting’ anyway, Just give it away”, it can be easy for one spouse to decide what they definitely…

Criminal and Family Implications

With the rise of personal cell phones in the 21st century, instant communication has brought with it instant ways to send provocative photos and messages at the touch of a button. “Sexting” as it has come to be known, can be a private activity between consenting adults, but when lines…

Family Law Case Life Cycle

Filing a Petition & Summons The filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Paternity Petition or Motion to Modify in existing cases formally initiates the divorce or other family law proceeding in Oklahoma. The Petition must state information about the parties seeking divorce/paternity/custody; the jurisdiction of the court to…

Alimony in Oklahoma

Is Alimony Legal in Oklahoma? Yes, there is case law and statutory authority for support alimony in Oklahoma. The primary statutory authority comes from OKLA. STAT. tit. 43 § 121, which states the following:   Either spouse may be allowed such alimony out of real and personal property of the…

Myths of Arrest and Criminal Defense Attorneys

Myth 1: Hiring an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney makes you look guilty Many myths exist concerning being arrested for an alleged crime and hiring a criminal defense attorney. The most common myth about criminal defense attorneys is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney makes you look guilty. This could not…

Court-Martial Process & Procedure: Know your rights when facing criminal charges in the military

Court-Martial Process & Procedure: Know your rights when facing criminal charges John Cannon, owner of CANNON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC, is a JAG attorney. He has experience defending and prosecuting a multitude of military criminal cases, including Court-Martial. COURT-MARTIAL BASICS Court-Martial proceedings are governed by military specific law. The Uniform Code…