Divorce & Alimony Lawyers
Purcell Oklahoma

Suzanne Woodrow-Snell can provide the personalized representation that you need for a successful resolution to your divorce.

We know that a divorce is not just a legal matter – it is a highly personal, emotional, and often challenging experience. While we will work relentlessly to achieve your legal goals, we also respect the difficulties our clients face and are committed to providing attentive and compassionate support.

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Every Divorce Case is Unique

While there are matters that are common to every divorce case, the unique circumstances of a particular divorce case may intersect with other areas of law. Some examples of this include taxes, real estate, bankruptcy, privately held businesses, retirement and benefits – just to name a few. Suzanne Woodrow-Snell is prepared to handle divorce cases with unique issues, including:

  • Complex property and debt distribution issues
  • Contested child custody
  • Military divorce
  • Gay and lesbian divorce
  • Divorce resolved through alternative dispute resolution
  • High conflict divorce litigation

Requirement of divorce in Oklahoma:

Fault

Oklahoma is a “no-fault” state, which means if both parties in a marriage are not getting along and agree to divorce, they may do so merely on the basis of incompatibility. The law also allows for other reasons for divorce, but the majority of cases in Oklahoma are filed on the basis of incompatibility or irreconcilable differences.

Residency

There are residency requirements for filing a divorce in Oklahoma. A person must have been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing, and a resident of the county in which he or she is filing for at least 30 days. If these requirements are not met, it’s likely the petition will be dismissed on the basis of lack of jurisdiction, and the filing fees and any legal costs will not be refunded.

Waiting Period

There is a 10-day waiting period until a divorce can be finalized once a divorce is filed with the county of residence. This is only when there are no children involved, however. If there are children involved, the waiting period is 90 days, and the courts may require that additional conditions be met before a case is finalized.

Requirement of divorce in Oklahoma:

Fault

Oklahoma is a “no-fault” state, which means if both parties in a marriage are not getting along and agree to divorce, they may do so merely on the basis of incompatibility. The law also allows for other reasons for divorce, but the majority of cases in Oklahoma are filed on the basis of incompatibility or irreconcilable differences.

Residency

There are residency requirements for filing a divorce in Oklahoma. A person must have been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing, and a resident of the county in which he or she is filing for at least 30 days. If these requirements are not met, it’s likely the petition will be dismissed on the basis of lack of jurisdiction, and the filing fees and any legal costs will not be refunded.

Waiting Period

There is a 10-day waiting period until a divorce can be finalized once a divorce is filed with the county of residence. This is only when there are no children involved, however. If there are children involved, the waiting period is 90 days, and the courts may require that additional conditions be met before a case is finalized.

Alimony in Oklahoma

Alimony is never a guarantee during a divorce and neither spouse has a legal right to receive alimony, but judges may find spousal support for one of the individuals is necessary to solve a financial disparity between the parties. An Oklahoma judge will look at certain factors before deciding if one spouse should have a financial obligation toward the other for a period of time. The most important factors are whether one spouse is in need of alimony and whether the other spouse can afford to pay it. The judge will also look at the length of the marriage and how well the parties can support themselves.

It is important that you work with an attorney who will help you get the resolution you want – whether that is receiving spousal support or avoiding this financial obligation. Woodrow-Snell will advocate your position and fight to win what is in your best interest.

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How long does alimony last?

While spouses can agree to lifelong alimony, Oklahoma courts must provide a duration for the payments. Short-term alimony may be awarded to enable one spouse to transition after the divorce. Long-term alimony may be awarded after a lengthy marriage and when one spouse needs a more significant amount of time to become self-sufficient. The paying spouse cannot ask for alimony to end early. But if there is a significant change in circumstances, the paying spouse can return to court and ask for a modification of payments.

Alimony can end when the receiving spouse remarries or moves in with a new partner.

Why Suzanne Woodrow Snell?

Suzanne Woodrow-Snell provides the highest quality representation and personalized service for individuals as they go through the divorce process. When you schedule a consultation, she will help you understand your rights and responsibilities based on the unique facts of your situation, answer any questions you may have, and explain how we can help you with your case moving forward.

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