how-long-does-uncontested-divorce-take

How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take?

By | Uncontested Divorce | No Comments

One of the biggest benefits of uncontested divorces is that they are much quicker than a contested divorce. When you file for a contested divorce, you may have months, if not a year or longer of court appearances and other meetings to resolve a variety of issues. With an uncontested divorce, this process is expedited. So, how long does an uncontested divorce take?

About Uncontested Divorces

When you get an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree on most issues that would otherwise have to be litigated in court and decided by a judge. Most uncontested divorces have an agreement among the parties regarding child support, child custody, visitation, support payments, and division of marital assets.

Reaching an Agreement

Whether your divorce is contested or not depends on the agreement of both spouses. One spouse can file for an uncontested divorce, and the other has the option to object to the terms of the Petition. On the other hand, the other spouse could choose to simply agree to those terms and the divorce is considered uncontested. In some cases, the parties will meet in advance to negotiate the terms of the Petition so that there is no risk of an objection and a costly court battle that could go on for months or over a year.

Waiting Periods

While uncontested divorces in Oklahoma are fast, they’re not instant. The reason for this is that the state would prefer not to waste time and resources on legal proceedings when the parties could change their mind. Oklahoma has a waiting period for uncontested divorces, which varies depending on your circumstances.

If you do not have minor children and agree on all other issues, there is a 10-day waiting period before your divorce will be granted. If you and your spouse have minor children, there is a 90-day waiting period before a judge will grant your divorce. If your attorney can show good cause, you may be able to get a waiver for some or all of this waiting period.

Parenting Classes

Even with an uncontested divorce, Oklahoma law dictates that you’ll be required to take parenting classes before the judge will sign the final decree that grants your divorce. As soon as you finish the class, you will need to file proof of completion with the court.

Divorce Decree and Hearing

Uncontested divorces are fairly simple when compared to the alternative, contested divorce. Your attorney will file the initial Petition for Divorce with the court, which is also supplied to your spouse. Provided there are no other issues, there will be a final hearing where the judge signs the Decree of Divorce. This will take place after any waiting period has expired. According to Oklahoma state law, at least one party to the divorce (you or your spouse) must attend the final hearing.

The MicroDivorce Solution

If you want to get a fast and affordable divorce in Oklahoma, the attorneys at MicroDivorce can help. Our experienced family law attorneys will protect your rights and ensure that your case is resolved as quickly as possible.

Our MicroDivorce service is a revolutionary process for Oklahoma uncontested divorce. Find out if you qualify.

how-uncontested-divorce-benefits-your-children

How Uncontested Divorce Benefits Your Children

By | Child Support | No Comments

The divorce process can be emotionally-charged and have lasting consequences for everyone involved. This can be particularly true for a marriage that ends involving minor children, who often don’t have a say in their circumstances. Here are several ways that having an uncontested divorce will benefit your children in the transition.

Common Issues Affecting Children During Divorce

When parents decide to get a divorce, one of the first things that they think about is child custody and support issues. While these are important considerations, how this process is going to affect your children should also be something to examine.

Children understand more about their circumstances than we sometimes want to believe. When a couple isn’t able to agree on important issues, the situation could be unnecessarily stressful for a child. If one or both parents are angry or miserable, this will not create a healthy home situation for their children.

Some parents even use their children as bargaining tools, or they use them to gain information about their spouse. Neither activity is healthy for a child, who is deserving of their parents’ care and devotion at all times. In cases where children are involved, it’s a better option to choose an uncontested divorce if at all possible.

Emotional Benefits to Children of an Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is not only a simpler and less stressful option for you and your spouse but for your children as well. When you choose an uncontested divorce, both parents agree on major issues such as marital asset division, child custody, child support, and visitation. Since there are fewer conflicts, there will be less emotional turmoil that can impact the children.

Some contested divorces may even require that the children take the stand in court to testify against one of their parents. This is something that you should avoid at all costs unless you are involved in an extreme case where there is abuse. When you choose an uncontested divorce, you can bypass these contentious hearings, which will effectively help to build a more peaceful, amicable relationship after the split.

Financial Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested divorces are generally much more affordable than contested divorces, which is better for all involved. When parents decide to fight out the issues involved in their separation, it’s a drain of their time and money, both of which are going to impact their children.

By choosing an uncontested divorce, you will save on court costs, attorneys fees, missed time from work, babysitting, transportation, and more. These expenses add up, likely adding additional stress on the family in the process.

If your situation meets the requirements of an uncontested divorce in Oklahoma, MicroDivorce offers a quick, easy, and affordable service. Find out now if you qualify.

uncontested-divorce-basic-facts

Uncontested Divorce: Basic Facts

By | Uncontested Divorce | No Comments

When you know that it’s time to end your marriage, the thought of going through a complicated divorce process may seem overwhelming. While you may have come to a point where you no longer wish to be married, this process doesn’t need to be overly complicated. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for an uncontested divorce.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Many people picture divorces as a contentious process where expensive legal teams fight over any number of issues until one or the other side comes out victorious. This doesn’t have to be your reality. If you and your spouse can agree on a majority of issues — such as asset and liability division, child custody arrangements, and any support payments — you may be able to file for an uncontested divorce.

The Benefits of Uncontested Divorce

There are a number of benefits of uncontested divorces, but the primary ones are that they are cheaper and faster than a traditional, or contested, divorce. According to Forbes, an average divorce can cost as much as $50,000, which is cash that most couples don’t have lying around. An uncontested divorce is much more affordable because you won’t have lengthy court battles over various issues.

This type of divorce is also a faster way to officially end your marriage. In general, a contested divorce could take nine months or more, while an uncontested divorce has a 90-day waiting period if you have minor children (subject to waiver) or just a 10-day waiting period if there are no children.

Uncontested divorces are also more equal and amicable for everyone involved. Divorces are emotional matters, so keeping as much conflict as possible out of the process will be helpful to you, your spouse, and your children.

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself or Paralegal Divorce

Do-it-yourself and paralegal-assisted divorces may seem like viable options, but they are not the best choices for divorce services. Paralegals only fill out the paperwork on your behalf and file it. They follow your directions and are not permitted to give legal advice, meaning that it is your sole responsibility to understand your rights and the consequences of everything you sign.

Attorney Representation for Your Divorce

A much better choice is to use an attorney for your uncontested divorce who can provide legal guidance and word to expedite your case. When you hire an attorney to represent your interests, you can get the benefit of a fast and affordable divorce as well as one that fully respects your rights. Your attorney will advise you on all legal issues relevant to your divorce including child custody, child support, alimony, and asset/liability division. While one attorney can draft the paperwork for each spouse in a divorce, it’s generally a good idea for each party to have their own attorney to avoid any conflicts.

Petition for Divorce in Oklahoma

At MicroDivorce your attorney prepare a Petition for Divorce  and a Divorce Report that lets you know what information will be in your Decree, which is the final document in the case.  Once you approve your Petition and Divorce Report your attorney will also prepare a Decree of Divorce that is ready for signature by the judge. Depending on whether or not you have minor children, there may be other paperwork and requirements.

Provided everything is in order at the final hearing, the judge will sign the decree, and you will be officially divorced. You may have other questions about divorce in Oklahoma, which one of our attorneys will be happy to explain further during a consultation.

MicroDivorce offers a fast, easy, and affordable uncontested divorce service. Find out now if you qualify.

child-support-laws-oklahoma

Child Support Laws in Oklahoma

By | Child Support | No Comments

In Oklahoma, both parents have a legal and moral responsibility to financially support their children so that they do not become wards of the state. The legislature has produced guidelines for eligible minor children, which the courts will enforce, to ensure the well-being of each child in the wake of a divorce.

Read More

15 Questions About Divorce in Oklahoma

By | FAQ | No Comments

This frequently asked question concerns fifteen basic things that you should know about the divorce process in Oklahoma. Although the information here is not comprehensive and, certainly cannot replace competent legal advice, it will serve as a primer about issues which you should consider in your divorce process.

Read More