Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

How do I start a Divorce? A divorce in Oklahoma begins with the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Once filed, the Petition must be personally served upon the other party who will then have twenty (20) days to file a responsive pleading called an “Answer.” Personal service can be avoided if your spouse will sign an Entry of Appearance and Waiver which basically acknowledges receipt of the petition and agrees to waive service of the petition.

Who can file for a Divorce in Oklahoma? To file for Divorce, you or your spouse must have been an actual resident, in good faith, of the State of Oklahoma for six (6) months in order to file for divorce in this State. If I meet the residency requirements, what county can I file for Divorce? If you meet the residency requirements (lived in the State of Oklahoma for six (6) months), then you can file divorce in the Oklahoma county where you have been a resident for thirty (30) days immediately preceding the filing of the divorce petition. How do I start a Divorce? A divorce in Oklahoma begins with the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Once filed, the Petition must be personally served upon the other party who will then have twenty (20) days to file a responsive pleading called an “Answer.” Personal service can be avoided if your spouse will sign an Entry of Appearance and Waiver which basically acknowledges receipt of the petition and agrees to waive service of the petition. How long does a Divorce take? The time frame it takes to complete a divorce depends on a lot of different factors. If you do not have minor children, then there is no waiting period to obtain a divorce in Oklahoma. However, absent an agreement with your spouse, even a divorce without minor children can take significant time to complete. However, if there are minor children, Oklahoma law requires a ninety (90) day waiting period between the date that the divorce petition is filed and the final decree. In addition, Oklahoma requires parents of minor children to attend a parenting class before a divorce can be completed. Contact Keith & Associates Legal, PLLC at (918) 574-8500 or email info@thekeithlawfirm.com for all your divorce questions.

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