Divorce can be an overwhelming time in anyone’s life. Emotions run high, and the legal process can seem daunting. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced attorney working on your side. The knowledgeable legal counsel at Outhier & Caruthers, PLLC, can put things into understandable terms, manage your legal process, and help with big decisions such as property division and parenting rights. We can put you on the track to beginning a new chapter in your life. Here are some of the specific ways an experienced Oklahoma attorney can help.
Understanding Your Rights
Leaving a difficult or abusive marriage can be one of the best moments in your life. Unfortunately, when tensions run high, you may be unsure of your legal rights in critical matters. Your lawyer will be able to explain precisely what you are owed and entitled to after your breakup. Your divorce settlement may involve alimony, asset division, and a new parenting structure. Your attorney will be able to lay out all of the options specific to your individual situation. By understanding your rights, you’ll have the ability to get everything you want out of the divorce.
Handling The Paperwork
Divorce papers are more complicated than many people realize. They are a legal settlement between two parties agreeing to distribute spousal support, child support, assets, and debts. When the two parties are unable to agree on one or more of these issues, the court must lay down a decision based on a variety of types of evidence. Bank statements and property titles may only be one example of evidence. Other important paperwork may include police reports, sworn statements of marital misconduct and the children's opinions about with whom they’d like to live. Your lawyer will handle all of this messiness and convey it to the court in a legally appropriate way.
Dividing Property Effectively
Oklahoma is an equitable distribution state. That means the marital property is divided in an “equitable” but not exactly “equal” way. Under this model, one party can retain an expensive or important asset by agreeing to give up another. One party could keep the house, for instance, by giving up its monetary equivalent from a retirement plan. Your attorney will be able to look through your assets and help you keep the things that matter most.
If you are going through a divorce, or have questions about how an experienced attorney can help, call Outhier & Caruthers, PLLC at 580-234-6600.