Generally, Oklahoma divorce proceedings cover:

  • Physical custody of minor children
  • Legal custody of the minor children
  • Visitation of minor children
  • Payment and collection of child support
  • Allocation of marital assets
  • Division of marital debt

PATERNITY

DIVORCE

Large estates require additional litigation due to the division of the assets, determination of separate property, and increase in value of the marital estate during the marriage.

Paternity proceedings are very similar to divorce proceedings, but since the parties were never married, there is no marital estate to divide with regard to assets and debts. Accordingly, paternity proceedings are primarily limited to the legal determination of the father (either by admission or by DNA testing), the legal and physical custody of the minor children, and the payment of child support.

Paternity parties need to be aware of Oklahoma law that allows child support to be collected back to a maximum of two (2) years prior to filing the Paternity petition, and a two year statute of limitation to dispute paternal parentage based on birth decrees and acknowledgements of paternity.

Factors that affect both legal and physical custody and visitation include drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, child abuse, criminal activity, and child neglect.

Obtaining the appropriate evidence and presenting that evidence on each of the relevant matters above for the Court's review is key to having a successful case.