For spouses divorcing in Oklahoma, it is possible to end a marriage without the cost or delay that is often associated with a traditional divorce. A marriage can be dissolved in as little as 10 days through a process called a “waiver divorce,” given that it is uncontested.
To file for a divorce in Oklahoma, one or both spouses must have lived in the state for at least 6 months.
To qualify for a waiver divorce, spouses must have resolved any issues in their case, including potentially complex ones such as child custody, property division, child support, spousal support, and assignments of debt. If there are any disagreements on an issue, spouses must file a contested divorce.
Since both parties will have already agreed on all issues prior to filing, the next step would be to submit their dissolution documents at once. Here are some of the forms both spouses must file:
Domestic Relations Cover Sheet
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Service
Final Dissolution of Marriage Decree
It is also customary for both spouses to file a marital settlement agreement and a parenting plan if children are involved. If there are no minor children, spouses must wait 10 days before their final hearing. In cases where couples have minor children, there is a 90-day waiting period.
If spouses still have a few issues to work out, mediation can help set them on the path toward an uncontested divorce. With the assistance of a skilled mediator, divorcing spouses can avoid the possibility of a courtroom trial, along with the headaches that come with it. The mediation process focuses on cooperation through the presence of an unbiased and neutral third party. This can be particularly beneficial if there are children involved since mediation often helps spouses learn how to effectively communicate with one another.
Mediation is not only for parties who are in disagreement. If two spouses believe that their divorce will be uncontested, they can hire a mediator to work out the specific details of an agreement in a way that benefits both parties and serves the interests of their children.
Unlike mediation, a collaborative divorce involves both parties as well as their attorneys, instead of a neutral third party. The goal, however, is the same – to get both spouses to communicate effectively and respectfully so that they can reach a mutually beneficial settlement and avoid a trial. If this process fails, the attorneys, as well as any coaches, must be released from their duty.
Keeping a divorce out of court, regardless of the chosen method, also means maintaining privacy. Once a case goes to trial, it becomes a matter of public record, and privacy is lost. With so many options to available, divorcing spouses do not have to resort to a contested divorce.
Trusted Oklahoma City Divorce Lawyers
If you are considering divorcing your spouse, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who cares and can offer straightforward and insightful counsel. At Mazaheri Law Firm, our legal team is focused on providing compassionate and skilled representation to help you successfully dissolve your marriage with as little stress as possible. We have helped clients from all backgrounds and walks of life, so no dispute is too complex for us to handle.
We represent you in a number of divorce matters, including annulment, child custody, marriage fraud, military divorce, visitation rights, domestic abuse, orders of protection, and more. You do not have to go through this difficult time alone.