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  • Adoption

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    • Tips to Make a Blended Family Work

      Having a blended family can be an incredible journey. Your new spouse brings children into an already positive equation, allowing the family to merge and blossom in ways you previously might not have experienced. As exciting as this is, this happy circumstance is not without its own challenges. Adjustments always require some time, patience, and planning. Here are some helpful tips for you to keep ...
    • Is Adoption the Right Choice for You?

      Adoption is a beautiful and rewarding experience that can enrich the lives of parents and children involved. Being able to provide a child in need with a stable home and unconditional love and care is truly one of the greatest joys of adoption. However, the decision to adopt should never be taken lightly. Whether you are adopting as first-time parents or would like to grow your existing family, or ...
    • Outlining the Adoption Process in Oklahoma

      Adoption is commonly regarded as one of the most sincere and beneficial legal processes in all of family law . While many states are applauded for making the adoption process simple and quick, allowing the placement of children in loving homes to be simple, Oklahoma has a bit of a negative reputation. Stacks of paperwork and legalese tend to confuse or discourage potential adopters from beginning ...

    Advance Directive

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    • Aiding the Elderly - Blog Series 1 of 3

      Advance Directive for Health Care Growing old affects us all; while some may say aging is a privilege denied to many, there is no doubt that "maturing" into the final phases of life presents unique, and stressful, options. The Mazaheri Law Firm's guide to aiding the elderly will discuss three popular options the elderly may want to consider. This post will specifically address Advance Directives ...

    Child Custody

    The latest posts for Child Custody are listed below.
    • Tips to Make a Blended Family Work

      Having a blended family can be an incredible journey. Your new spouse brings children into an already positive equation, allowing the family to merge and blossom in ways you previously might not have experienced. As exciting as this is, this happy circumstance is not without its own challenges. Adjustments always require some time, patience, and planning. Here are some helpful tips for you to keep ...
    • Types of Child Custody in Oklahoma

      If you choose to get a divorce and have children, you will need to develop a parenting plan, which means that you will need to adhere to one of the four types of child custody recognized by the state of Oklahoma. The type of custody that becomes part of your agreement is extremely important to your future and your ability to be involved in your child’s life, so it’s important that you know the ...
    • Tips to Simplify Custody During the Holidays

      Nothing can ruin the joy and excitement of the holiday season quite like an untimely custody or visitation dispute. As you struggle to deal with the anxiety of buying gifts, decorating your home, and organizing plans to see family, the last thing you need is to encounter a major roadblock when determining where and how your children will spend the holidays. Fortunately, there are several ...

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • Getting a Protective Order in Oklahoma

      A protective order in Oklahoma is issued by a civil court, ordering the person who is abusing, harassing, or stalking another individual to stop doing so. Failing to comply with a protective order will result in some potentially serious consequences. These orders can last for any period of time, up to 3 years. Who Can Apply for a Protective Order? Anyone can apply for a protection order even if ...
    • How to Tell Your Kids About a Divorce

      Ending a marriage is difficult for spouses, but even more so for children involved who lack the ability to cope with the mere idea of their parents separating. How you break the news to them can help soften the blow and make this tough time more bearable. There will likely be many more conversations with them regarding the divorce, but this first discussion will set the foundation for an open and ...
    • What Is Divorce Mediation?

      Mediation is a commonly used method for divorcing spouses to negotiate a settlement. During this process, both spouses meet with a neutral third party called a mediator, who will try to help facilitate an agreement on certain issues. During this meeting, both spouses may also bring their respective lawyers for legal counsel. The mediator will not make decisions for either party, but rather help ...

    Employee Rights

    The latest posts for Employee Rights are listed below.
    • Is Sexual Orientation Protected from Workplace Discrimination?

      Recent laws regarding same-sex marriage rights in the country have changed many peoples’ perception of sexual orientation and equality as a whole. But despite these changes and beliefs, sexual orientation is not a protected class in the workplace. Some examples of protected classes are age, race, disability, and religion. If someone is discriminated against at work or by a potential employer due ...
    • Big Changes Coming to Overtime Pay Laws, Including Doubled Salary Threshold

      Back in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act set the guidelines for overtime pay for hourly and salaried workers. Since then, inflation and the cost of living have both increased significantly, but salaried overtime earnings has not. In order to bring overtime laws up to modern speeds, President Obama has recently signed a bill into law that will make large changes to the legislation. Come December ...
    • How does unionization affect employee rights in Oklahoma?

      We have discussed several different topics in this space regarding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers to those workers they employ. Generally, we have focused on the rights of individual workers and how the law affects them. The reasons for this are twofold: one, most people are interested in what they themselves can do if treated unfairly and two, most employees in ...

    Employment Law

    The latest posts for Employment Law are listed below.
    • The Two Types of Sexual Harassment Claims

      Sexual harassment is an unfortunate problem that still exists in workplaces everywhere. When you get to the point where you feel the need to file a sexual harassment claim, it’s important to know what the law says about this issue, as it will help you make a better-informed decision on how to proceed. An Oklahoma City employment attorney can also help you to take the necessary steps and see to it ...
    • New Overtime Laws Might Not Go Into Effect Under Trump

      President-Elect Donald Trump has made it very clear that he will repeal numerous orders and laws implemented by President Barack Obama when he takes office, and one such law may be the new federal overtime regulations that were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The implementation was delayed due to an injunction by a federal judge, noting that the new laws could not go into effect until a ...
    • Attorney Vizcaino Selected for 2016 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ List

      Mazaheri Law Firm considers itself to be lucky to have Associate Attorney Christine Coleman Vizcaino on our team. We know she is a truly talented, intelligent, and dedicated Oklahoma City employment law attorney. With her recent selection to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ 2016 members list, the whole state will know how great she is as well. We would like to take this time to congratulate her ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • Tips to Make a Blended Family Work

      Having a blended family can be an incredible journey. Your new spouse brings children into an already positive equation, allowing the family to merge and blossom in ways you previously might not have experienced. As exciting as this is, this happy circumstance is not without its own challenges. Adjustments always require some time, patience, and planning. Here are some helpful tips for you to keep ...
    • Three Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

      Even the most secure and seemingly-perfect relationships can wind up ending in divorce, and because marital dissolution has become so common, many people choose to try to protect their best interests in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial agreements have become much more common for couples who are about to be married, and for good reason: they allow couples to protect their possessions and create ...
    • Top 4 Mistakes During Child Custody Battles

      Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues during a divorce and can create a massive divide between parents. While some couples are able to come to a mutually acceptable arrangement on their own, couples who cannot see eye to eye have no other choice than to go to family court and seek a child custody order from a judge. When this happens, parents are essentially placing their ...

    FAQ

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    • Should You Wait Until the Holiday Season is Over to Divorce?

      If you don’t pay close attention to the calendar, it will be Thanksgiving before you know it now that the autumn has officially begun. For many people unhappy in their marriage, this time of year represents an uncomfortable family law limbo. Should they file for divorce as soon as they can? Or should they wait until the holiday season closes to avoid awkward conflicts? Many might think it is best ...
    • Comparing Purchase Sale Contract to Lease with Option to Buy

      Are you looking to move into a new property? Have you decided if you are looking for what could be your permanent address, or for just a temporary abode? The reasons why you are moving to a new home should make you consider whether or not you need a purchase sale contract or a lease with option to purchase. What is a Purchase Sale Contract? When you know that you want to start owning your home, ...

    Firm News

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    • Attorney Vizcaino Selected for 2016 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ List

      Mazaheri Law Firm considers itself to be lucky to have Associate Attorney Christine Coleman Vizcaino on our team. We know she is a truly talented, intelligent, and dedicated Oklahoma City employment law attorney. With her recent selection to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ 2016 members list, the whole state will know how great she is as well. We would like to take this time to congratulate her ...
    • Attorney Mazaheri-Franze Selected to 2016 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠

      Managing Attorney Katherine R. Mazaheri-Franze of Mazaheri Law Firm in Oklahoma City has always been renowned for her client-focused approach to everything she does. We are excited to announce that her dedication, skill, authenticity, and compassion has been professionally recognized, as she has been chosen for the 2016 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list. Only 5% of the nation’s top attorneys will ...

    Immigration

    The latest posts for Immigration are listed below.
    • President Trump Signs Newly Drafted Travel Ban Executive Order

      The Trump Administration’s “travel ban” executive order, which many critics called a “Muslim ban” instead, was met with controversy and angry protests across the United States and countries beyond. Most of the heated responses stemmed from the fact that green card holders from around the world were being detained at airports with little to no explanation. After a federal court blocked and ...
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

      As of August 15, 2012, many undocumented residents of the United States who entered as child immigrants may be eligible for protection under a portion of the proposed Dream Act's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This will put a hold on deportation proceedings and allow the individual to seek work authorization. You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you: ...
    • 10th Circuit Ruling may make relief accessible for fearful immigrants

      Does A Tenth Circuit Ruling Make Relief Accessible? The Tenth Circuit recently reviewed the requirement of social visibility set out in cases such as Matter of S-E-G-, 24 I&N Dec. 579 (BIA 2008) for applicants for asylum or withholding of removal. Immigration decisions have consistently interpreted social visibility very strictly. Connection to a social group may seem vague to some courts and ...

    In the News

    The latest posts for In the News are listed below.
    • President Trump Signs Newly Drafted Travel Ban Executive Order

      The Trump Administration’s “travel ban” executive order, which many critics called a “Muslim ban” instead, was met with controversy and angry protests across the United States and countries beyond. Most of the heated responses stemmed from the fact that green card holders from around the world were being detained at airports with little to no explanation. After a federal court blocked and ...
    • 412 Million FriendFinder Accounts Leaked Due to Recent Hacker Attack

      You may recall that last year, around 40 million user accounts registered at Ashley Madison , an online website promoting a “safe place” to commit adultery, were exposed to the public due to a hack and data leak. The direct result was countless divorces across the world being filed once spouses dabbling in infidelity were outed and put on the “cheater” list. Now, another hacker attack seems to ...
    • Divorce Seems to Spike in August & March

      When researchers at the University of Washington started to analyze divorce filing records from 2001 to 2015, they expected they would see a fairly even graph with some slight difference. What they got was a bit more surprising. According to their findings, a considerable spike of divorce filings occur in both March and August and a noticeable dip in filings occur in November and into December. ...

    Marriage

    The latest posts for Marriage are listed below.
    • Social Media and Divorce

      Over the past decade, social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have exploded in popularity. These web and mobile applications have changed how we share pictures to who we keep in contact with. What many people may not know is that social media is beginning to play a growing role in divorce cases across the nation. In fact, a google search for “Facebook divorce” will call up ...
    • Dating During Divorce

      If a marriage has broken down, exploring new and prospective romantic interests can seem like a breath of fresh air. While beginning another relationship may feel like the right move, dating during a divorce can have serious consequences. Remember, until a divorce is finalized, you and your spouse are legally married. Introducing a new relationship into the picture before the final papers are ...
    • Marriage - Blog Series 3 of 3

      This blog wraps up the three part wedding-themed series. Marriage can trigger many life-changing events. Now that the marriage license is official, and your new last name is legal, there are still other options many brides may want to consider. The Mazaheri Law Firm can save any newly-we d from drowning in the details. We would love to provide you with our normal checklist-style approach; however, ...

    Medical Leave Act

    The latest posts for Medical Leave Act are listed below.
    • More on the Family and Medical Leave Act: How much time do I have to use my FMLA leave?

      Previously, I gave a brief overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), what it does, and to whom it applies. If you are considering using FMLA leave, you might be wondering if you have to use all 12 weeks provided by the FMLA consecutively, or you might wonder in what time period you have to use your leave. FMLA leave must be used in a 12-month period, but it does not have to be used ...
    • What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

      If you or a loved one develops serious health condition requiring time off from work, the Family and Medical Leave Act prohibits certain employers from discriminating against you because you took time off from work. Only certain employers are covered by the act. If your employer is private and has less than 50 employees, it is not covered by the FMLA. Otherwise, your employer is likely covered. ...

    Real Estate

    The latest posts for Real Estate are listed below.
    • Comparing Purchase Sale Contract to Lease with Option to Buy

      Are you looking to move into a new property? Have you decided if you are looking for what could be your permanent address, or for just a temporary abode? The reasons why you are moving to a new home should make you consider whether or not you need a purchase sale contract or a lease with option to purchase. What is a Purchase Sale Contract? When you know that you want to start owning your home, ...

    Relocation

    The latest posts for Relocation are listed below.
    • Relocating with Children After a Divorce

      After child custody has been established and a divorce has been finalized, parents and children can try to find some downtime to settle in and adjust to their new living situations. This is true in both joint custody and sole custody cases. But no matter how thorough a child custody and visitation schedule may be, it is difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate the complexities that will arise ...

    Sexual Harassment

    The latest posts for Sexual Harassment are listed below.
    • The Two Types of Sexual Harassment Claims

      Sexual harassment is an unfortunate problem that still exists in workplaces everywhere. When you get to the point where you feel the need to file a sexual harassment claim, it’s important to know what the law says about this issue, as it will help you make a better-informed decision on how to proceed. An Oklahoma City employment attorney can also help you to take the necessary steps and see to it ...
    • Is mediation a good choice for Oklahoma sex discrimination?

      About a month ago, we discussed what might constitute a 'hostile working environment' for Oklahoma employees who may be experiencing sexual harassment or discrimination based upon their gender or appearance. We have also previously touched on some of the basic ways to go about filing employment discrimination claims, including contacting the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the ...
    • How is a hostile work environment defined in Oklahoma?

      We have previously discussed a couple different types of sexual harassment or discrimination that can occur in the context of one's employment. The first is that of quid pro quo harassment. This type of illegal activity occurs when there is a specific this for that trade demanded from an employee, such as sexual favors for promotion or in order to avoid the loss of a job. While this type of ...

    Visitation

    The latest posts for Visitation are listed below.
    • Tips to Simplify Custody During the Holidays

      Nothing can ruin the joy and excitement of the holiday season quite like an untimely custody or visitation dispute. As you struggle to deal with the anxiety of buying gifts, decorating your home, and organizing plans to see family, the last thing you need is to encounter a major roadblock when determining where and how your children will spend the holidays. Fortunately, there are several ...
    • Relocating with Children After a Divorce

      After child custody has been established and a divorce has been finalized, parents and children can try to find some downtime to settle in and adjust to their new living situations. This is true in both joint custody and sole custody cases. But no matter how thorough a child custody and visitation schedule may be, it is difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate the complexities that will arise ...

    Wage & Hour Laws

    The latest posts for Wage & Hour Laws are listed below.
    • New Overtime Laws Might Not Go Into Effect Under Trump

      President-Elect Donald Trump has made it very clear that he will repeal numerous orders and laws implemented by President Barack Obama when he takes office, and one such law may be the new federal overtime regulations that were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The implementation was delayed due to an injunction by a federal judge, noting that the new laws could not go into effect until a ...
    • Big Changes Coming to Overtime Pay Laws, Including Doubled Salary Threshold

      Back in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act set the guidelines for overtime pay for hourly and salaried workers. Since then, inflation and the cost of living have both increased significantly, but salaried overtime earnings has not. In order to bring overtime laws up to modern speeds, President Obama has recently signed a bill into law that will make large changes to the legislation. Come December ...
    • What is ERISA for Oklahoma workers?

      This blog has previously discussed several types of minimum benefits that the federal government requires that employers provide their employees in Oklahoma and other states. These include minimum wage, certain safety conditions in the workplace, and protection from several types of discriminatory practice. One we talked about a month ago dealt with providing the option for employees to continue ...

    Wage Claim

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    • How do I enforce a minimum wage claim in Oklahoma?

      Both Oklahoma and federal law requires that employers pay employees at least the minimum wage. Employers are generally defined as being those businesses or people who employ more than 10 workers in one place or who do more than $100,000 in annual business. There are some exceptions that apply to specific individuals, such as farmers and ranchers, part-time workers, people who are under a certain ...

    Will or Trust

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    • Will v. Trust

      Michael Jackson's case In July, Michael Jackson's will was filed in the probate court. It was surprising, actually, that someone with his assets died with only a will. In fact, it is common for those with extensive property like Mr. Jackson or even just a home, to create a living trust so that their assets will pass to their heirs without the cost and delay of a probate proceeding. There are ...

    Workplace Discrimination

    The latest posts for Workplace Discrimination are listed below.
    • Is Sexual Orientation Protected from Workplace Discrimination?

      Recent laws regarding same-sex marriage rights in the country have changed many peoples’ perception of sexual orientation and equality as a whole. But despite these changes and beliefs, sexual orientation is not a protected class in the workplace. Some examples of protected classes are age, race, disability, and religion. If someone is discriminated against at work or by a potential employer due ...
    • The Two Types of Sexual Harassment Claims

      Sexual harassment is an unfortunate problem that still exists in workplaces everywhere. When you get to the point where you feel the need to file a sexual harassment claim, it’s important to know what the law says about this issue, as it will help you make a better-informed decision on how to proceed. An Oklahoma City employment attorney can also help you to take the necessary steps and see to it ...
    • State or federal anti-discrimination claim in Oklahoma?

      About a month ago, this blog discussed the fact that when it comes to filing an employment discrimination suit in a court of law, there may be a requirement to 'exhaust all administrative remedies.' In the context of federal court, this means getting a notice of right to sue from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, as we pointed out then, the State of Oklahoma also has an ...

    Wrongful Termination

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    • Air Force reservist files federal wrongful termination suit

      Previously in this space, we have discussed the fact that it is illegal under federal law to discriminate against an employee on the basis of his or her military service, even if that service takes the individual away from his or her job for periods of time. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects the right of members of the armed forces to be free from ...
    • What is a 'prima facie' case in a wrongful termination suit?

      Several weeks back, this blog discussed the way the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers federal courts in Oklahoma, approaches lawsuits for wrongful termination based upon discrimination when the claim is predicated on circumstantial evidence. We looked at a three-part burden shifting test the court used, following precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court. This week, let's take a look ...
    • Wrongful terminations lawsuits may be subject to three-part test

      We have discussed before the ability of Oklahoma residents to potentially bring lawsuits in federal court due to unlawful termination based upon discrimination. Generally, these lawsuits rely on Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act to set out a cause of action against the putatively guilty employer. But, how do courts decide whether a person has been terminated for an illegal reason in a ...
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