Stillwater Divorce Lawyer
If you choose not to be with your spouse anymore, you may be having a hard time in many ways. It is emotionally difficult to deal with. It can be so stressful to think about the logistics. You don’t have to go through this by yourself in a time where you may already feel so alone. Experienced Stillwater divorce lawyer, James Murray, can help you through this legal process.
Determining the Grounds for Divorce
In Oklahoma, you have to have a reason to get divorce. It is not a No-Fault divorce state. You have to determine the grounds in which you would file for divorce. It is a very difficult process to separate from someone you thought you would spend your life with. You can legally file for divorce if:
- Your spouse has abandoned you for a year
- Your spouse has cheated on you
- Your spouse has impotency
- Your spouse is pregnant by another man
- You are suffering extreme cruelty
- You are incompatible
- You spouse have committed fraudulent misrepresentation
- Your spouse has a drinking problem
- Your spouse has been in jail
- Your spouse has been suffering insanity for five years
DIVORCE Client Testimonial / JOHN D.
“Mr. Murray and his team has represented me for almost eight years, in what is known as the most acrimonious and litigious divorce case ever in Payne County. As far as I know, I am the longest standing client of Murray Law Firm. When I first went to the firm, my primary concern was losing rights to see my son, due to unfounded accusations by my estranged wife. Jamie outlasted a dozen lawyers hired to go up against him. Through dozens of hearings, a three day trial, an appeal to the Supreme Court, another three day trial, and another appeal to the Supreme court, Jamie stood strong, was well prepared, and tougher than an army boot. Ultimately, after a seven year battle, I was granted full custody of my son. Whether for family matters, criminal defense, personal injury, or virtually any other matter, I urge you to hire the Murray Law Firm. They are the best in Payne and surrounding counties—-and among the best in the state of Oklahoma.”
You can discuss the particulars of your case in a free consultation with our Stillwater divorce lawyer. If, for some reason, you and your spouse are equally at fault for the divorce, it will still be granted to you but equally as opposed as one spouse divorcing another.
Another Option for Ending the Marriage
If you do not want to go through the process of divorce and all that it comes with, you can see if you are able to file for an annulment. What annulment means is that your marriage would be void. It is not a divorce per say, it is a null and void marriage. Your divorce may be eligible for annulment if:
- You or your spouse are under the age of 18 and did not receive consent from a parent or guardian
- You are related
- You or your spouse cannot contract the marriage because you are too young or do not understand it
- Your spouse was divorced less than six months before you got married
You can talk to your attorney about your specific situation and see if you and your spouse will qualify for an annulment.
Dividing Your Assets and Property
Oklahoma follows the law of equitable distribution. What that means is that your assets that you have before the marriage will not be considered marital property and therefore will belong to you after the divorce. Also, do not misinterpret equitable for equal distribution. You probably will not be splitting your assets straight down the middle. Most of the time, one spouse will have more than another in assets and you will be entitled to an equitable portion of them. Equitable means “fair” and sometimes 50/50 is not fair to one party. The fine details will be hammered out with your attorney.
Spousal Support / Alimony
Alimony may be granted for many divorcing couples. If you were married for a long time, that has a huge impact on whether or not you will have to pay/receive alimony payments. Alimony most likely will not be needed for a very short marriage. If you ask the court for alimony, and they decide that the request is reasonable, you may also be granted alimony. It can either be temporary or permanent payments.
Alimony payments may cease if the spouse that is receiving payments either dies or remarries. They may also be modified if the spouse receiving payments moves in with someone. Also, modifications may be made if there are significant changes in circumstances made in either party’s life. Everything about the alimony payments will be decided by the court. The payments could be monthly installments or they might be a lump sum. All of this will vary case-by-case and depends on the specifics of your divorce.
Hiring the Right Stillwater Divorce Lawyer for You
If you know that you are in for a difficult legal battle, you may be concerned that you are going to feel a little lost. There are options for you. Make sure you interview attorneys until you find the right fit. Remember that this could very well be a long process, and you will have to spend some time with your attorney so it is so important that you like your attorney. In addition to liking the attorney that you’re going to hire, you should be able to trust them. If you don’t think that your attorney is experienced enough, you should keep looking for a new one.
At Murray Law Firm, you will find that you will be our priority. We want you to feel supported and in good hands. Do not hesitate to give our office a call today for a free consultation to meet with dedicated Stillwater divorce lawyer James Murray.
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