Oklahoma City Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is, in the majority of cases, a messy affair, especially without representation. Even when you seek the help of a skilled and reputable divorce lawyer, divorces can still feel like you are fighting your own personal war against your spouse.
This is understandable, as both parties want the best for themselves and for their children, and this means communication can break down fast, tempers can fray and amicable discussions become impossible.
This is where a family lawyer earns their salt through the use of negotiation and mediation between the parties involved.
It is exceptionally rare that both parties are in agreement with their terms before the divorce proceedings. Most of the time there are arguments over how to allocate and divide the material estate, who gets child custody, and whether or not one spouse is entitled to spousal support or child support. This can lead to frustration and, ultimately, an impasse that prevents the proceedings from moving forward.
The law that governs Oklahoma City, OK, is also complicated, with simple and small mistakes ending up costing you time and money.
Thankfully, you don’t have to navigate the complex Oklahoma City, OK legal system alone.
Contact us today at 405-591-3935 and arrange a free consultation.
How Do I Find The Right Family Law Attorney?
For the majority of clients who are looking for the right family law attorney, they have never needed the help of a lawyer before. This can make it really difficult to narrow down choices, leading people to feel overwhelmed and unsure. Especially when you are looking for someone to help resolve complex issues involving your family.
Every firm that you speak to will probably claim that they are the best around, which makes it extremely hard to choose.
To begin with, we recommend that you only use a law firm that offers a free consultation and case evaluation like we do here at Cannon & Associates.
Besides that, here is the kind of things we think you should look for:
Experience and Proven Track Record
The first thing to consider when you are looking at a potential attorney should always be how good they are at their job. This means you should be looking for recommendations and past case wins.
Any law firm in Oklahoma City, OK should be more than happy to show you their past wins and glowing recommendations from their clients, if they hesitate or refuse this, look elsewhere.
A good divorce lawyer is always going to have a full caseload on their hands. This means they are going to be extremely busy during their working hours. Unfortunately, this means sometimes they won’t answer their phone or reply instantly.
A great divorce lawyer will still make sure that they respond in a timely manner. This doesn’t mean you will have access whenever you want, but you should never feel like you are waiting around for days on end for responses to your queries.
Divorce lawyers are humans, too and this means they have their own personalities and quirks.
As you are going to be spending a lot of time on the phone and in meetings with this individual, make sure that you are comfortable talking to them. They should be able to advise you, tell you when you are making a bad decision, and still be able to remain compassionate.
If you feel uncomfortable around them, listen to your gut and go elsewhere.
Questions to Ask a Potential Divorce Attorney
In order to be as confident as possible in your decision, here are some great questions that you can ask your attorney:
- Who is your typical client?
- What is your legal specialization?
- What is your level of experience?
- Have you dealt with similar cases to mine in court?
- How much will this cost, and how will I pay?
- Have you dealt with cases similar to mine?
- When can I expect communication?
- Can you show me testimonials from your previous clients?
Why Should I Hire an Oklahoma City Divorce Lawyer?
It doesn’t matter how you came to the decision, divorce is a serious matter and will always involve a lot of emotion. This emotion can easily become a bad thing, one that influences your decisions, making it more difficult for everyone involved when you need to make fair arrangements between you and your spouse.
When you seek representation, you are agreeing to aid from a party that can stand back and make unbiased decisions from a place of clarity and experience. They know what is fair and reasonable and will be able to help you and your spouse come to an arrangement that you both find fair and reasonable.
Your lawyer will also be able to take over the hard boring work that comes alongside divorce, in particular, the paperwork and negotiations between you and your spouse.
Any family law matter in Oklahoma City will have a lot of paperwork that needs to be filed correctly and on time in order for your divorce to proceed. It also looks good to the judge if your paperwork is always on time and in order.
Legal Assistance & Knowledge
Another task that your attorney will be responsible for is to explain to you your legal rights and options in a way that is easy to understand.
Working with an experienced Oklahoma City divorce lawyer can make the process simpler and much more manageable.
Cannon & Associates Practice Areas
Here at Cannon & Associates, we cover a wide range of family law cases as well as divorces, such as:
Modification of Court Orders
When the court has issued an order in relation to custody agreements, alimony, child support, or spousal support, the orders aren’t forever set in stone. Under the right circumstances and with a strong enough argument, the judge may make amendments.
One reason why the judge might change the order is if your children are in danger with a spouse who has custody or if a spouse has become injured or disabled and can no longer afford to pay spousal support.
That being said, it can be really difficult to get a modification of a custody order without an extremely good cause. Your best chance will be to formulate an argument with your attorney before presenting it to the judge.
Child Support Agreements
When you and your partner enter into a marriage, you become a partnership and this means that you take joint responsibility for any children you have and their needs. As a partnership, you will ensure that your child is fed, clothed, and educated, as well as loved.
This often takes the form of one spouse leaving their career in order to look after the children and one spouse continuing to work so that they can provide a steady income.
After a divorce, you are both still responsible for the child’s needs, and this means that the spouse who gets custody, may need financial support from the other spouse.
In order to come to an arrangement that is fair and reasonable, you should speak to your attorney. They will have experience in calculating a figure that is fair, and this will prevent you from having to let the judge decide.
High-Asset Divorce and Legal Separation
If either you, your partner, or both you and your partner have a high net worth, you are going to need a skilled high-asset divorce lawyer to help you divide and sort through your assets.
Property that has been gifted, long-term investments in stocks and bonds, and joint business ventures can take a lot of work to sort through, and your divorce lawyers may need to seek help from external experts.
Child Custody Disputes
When both spouses love and cherish their kids, and both parties want custody, the discussions can quickly become nasty. Divorcing couples often find it extremely difficult to come to an amicable agreement here alone.
This is where your child custody attorneys will prove indispensable. They will use their skills and experience in negotiation and mediation to help you both address the issue from a place of calm.
They will remind you that the most important thing here is your children, not your emotions. You need to put their well-being above anything else.
In divorce cases like this, your family law firm will prioritize your children.
Mothers and Fathers Rights
Both the mother and the father have certain rights in the state of Oklahoma. These rights ensure that neither the mother nor the father has any advantage due to their gender.
Both parents have equal rights in terms of their children, which means it will be other factors that the judge uses to decide who gets custody.
The only exception to this is if either parent has a history of or is currently using drugs or is known to be violent and abusive.
If the courts have issued an order in regards to child support, alimony, custody arrangements, or visitation, these orders have to be respected and followed by all of the parties involved.
One thing that the courts frown upon, in particular, is something called alienation. Alienation is when one parent does things that influence their children’s opinions of the other parent. This may be through rewarding negative attitudes towards the other parent or restricting the time that they can see them.
If your ex is violating their orders by not paying child support or alimony, or they are stopping you from seeing your kids, the law is on your side in Oklahoma County.
The first port of call should be to speak to your law firm of choice and ask them to speak to your ex-spouse. If they continue to abuse their orders, your attorney will be able to seek help from the courts who may step in to help.
Sometimes, when the court sees that your ex is violating their orders, it can work in your favor. If they continue to ignore the orders, the court may change them to restrict your spouse even further
Unfortunately, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases during the pandemic.
We don’t stand for domestic abuse, and we want you to know that if you are in an unsafe situation and you need help, you can reach out to us here at Cannon & Associates.
We will file an injunction against your violent spouse; this will prevent them from seeing you or your kids and will give you a place of safety to file your divorce.
Please don’t hesitate; if you do not know how or what to do, call us today, and we can step in immediately to protect you and your children
On the reverse side of the coin, there has also been an increase in domestic violence allegations. In rare cases, this may be a tactic to influence the court’s decisions against a spouse.
We have experience in fighting and dealing with these claims. Our Oklahoma City divorce attorneys will be able to help you fight this allegation and discredit your spouse in the eyes of the court in the process.
In Oklahoma City, it is often crucial for people who are coming out of legal separation to seek spousal support. This is in place to help people who have given up their jobs to look after the kids.
The best way to seek spousal support is through a compelling argument. Speak to your divorce lawyers, and they will be able to help you present your case.
As divorce attorneys, we see a lot of spiteful and hateful divorces. In fact, it is extremely rare that we see a divorce with two amicable parties that agree on their divorce terms.
After spending a long time married, it can mean your lives are extremely tangled. This can make it a hard task to divide property and agree on custody and spousal support arrangements.
Contested divorces that take a long time to resolve can end up costing you a lot of money. The judge and the court will not settle your divorce until your terms are agreed upon.
This means eventually, you and your ex are going to have to settle on your divorce terms, or you are going to end up racking up huge legal bills.
A skilled divorce lawyer will ensure that you have a safe and calm space in which to negotiate with your spouse. They will help you put forward arguments that are reasonable and fair. They will be harder to argue with and should be easier to agree upon.
Child Custody Arrangements
One of the most heated and explosive issues that arise during divorce proceedings is who gets custody of the children. Even though both parties ultimately want what is best for their kids, these arguments can often become skewed, especially when tempers are raised.
The best divorce lawyers prioritize the needs of the child and will work with both parties to arrive at the best possible solution.
Primary Custody Considerations
During a hearing or trial for child custody, there will be many considerations that the judge takes into account when they make their decisions, such as:
- Whether there is a danger to the child from either parent.
- Each spouse’s stability.
- Previous parent involvement in the child’s life.
- Family proximity.
Potential Danger to Child from Either Parent
The first and most important thing that a judge in an Oklahoma City courtroom may consider when it comes to awarding custody is whether or not either parent poses a threat to the child.
Potential threats may be things like a history of drug abuse or violence.
The Parents Stability
The next thing the judge will look at is the stability of each parent. This will take into account whether or not each parent can maintain a job and lifestyle that allows them to see to all of their child’s needs.
The judge will also take into account how involved each parent has been in the child’s life up until now. This means taking the child to doctor’s appointments and turning up to sporting events and parents’ evenings.
Even though this does not guarantee custody, if the judge sees that you are involved in your kid’s life in this way, they will encourage you to continue to do so, even if you do not win primary custody.
Family Proximity and Closeness
If a child has grown up inside a close-knit family circle, the judge will always try to ensure they still have access to that circle.
This can sometimes get complicated when one party is moving to a different state or country, and in these circumstances, you will need to work out with the judge and your attorney what is best for your child.
Joint custody is granted in most cases where there is no argument against one parent. This can be split in different ways but ultimately, the parent who is looking after the child be considered the primary conservator and the other parent will have visitation rights.
In joint custody cases, both parents will share rights and duties, but in some cases, things like child support and primary residence rights will be given to one parent.
Joint custody means that both parents share rights and duties. However, some parental rights can still be exclusively given to one parent, such as the right to receive child support and decide primary residence.
In cases where there is an argument for it, one parent may be granted sole custody. This means they will have the right to make any and all decisions that are important in relation to the child.
Reasons for sole custody being granted include things like domestic violence and drug abuse claims against the other spouse.
If you believe you have an argument for seeking sole custody, you will need as much evidence as possible and a strong claim. The best way to ensure this is to use a skilled child custody lawyer.
Sometimes, a non-parent like an uncle or aunt can be awarded sole conservatorship, this means the parents may be made possessory conservators.
In these situations, the parents will have certain rights to access their child but not the right to make medical or educational, or other important decisions on behalf of the child.
Call Our Oklahoma City Divorce Lawyers For Help
Our highly experienced divorce lawyers are here to help you navigate your situation, regardless of its complexity. With our team by your side, you know that someone with knowledge and understanding of the law is on your side, and fighting for your best interests.
Contact us today at 405-591-3935 for a free consultation, at the very least, you will be armed with more knowledge and understanding about how to move forward with your case.
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