Founded in 2008, EXPDM has helped thousands of residents in the State of Oklahoma successfully complete Pro Se divorces, which is Latin and means “For Self.” When divorce tensions get high, we utilize unique processes in the areas of “Alternate Dispute Resolution” and “Divorce Mediation” to settle tough disputes.
Uncontested Divorce Combined with Divorce Mediation
Everybody wants the low-cost divorce option that is popular with Uncontested Divorce. No one wants to pay $8,000.00 for a divorce! Unfortunately, not everyone has a true Uncontested Divorce. With our Divorce Resolution Process, we can mediate the disagreements and potentially avoid a nasty Contested Divorce!
How to File For Divorce In Oklahoma
Where to start:
In order to learn How to File For Divorce In Oklahoma, you are going to need one initial document to start the Process. This document is called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, or commonly referred to as "Petition".
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage - This document let's the court know exactly what you are trying to get accomplished. This is also the document that tells your spouse that you want to divorce them. The Petition requests that the court look over the requests and issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage.
In other words, how to file for divorce in Oklahoma:
STEP ONE: Take the Petition to a Notary Public, and sign the Petition and theAffidavit, and have the Notary sign and Notarize it.
STEP TWO: Take the Notarized Petition, make 3 copies of it, and take those copies to the Court Clerk in your County, and tell them you need to File Your Divorce Petition.
STEP THREE: After you have filed your Petition,you must wait a minimum of ONE DAY before you can have your spouse sign the documents he/she needs to sign. This is a court rule in ALL COUNTIES IN OKLAHOMA!
****IF YOU TAKE ANY DOCUMENT TO THE COURT CLERK THAT YOUR SPOUSE HAS SIGNED AND THE DATE IS NOT AT LEAST ONE DAY AFTER YOU FILED, THEN THAT DOCUMENT IS MADE VOID AND YOU WILL HAVE TO HAVE YOUR SPOUSE RE-SIGN AND RE-NOTARIZE IT! VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THIS RULE!*****
If you have NO CHILDREN with this marriage, then the only document you need to have your spouse sign will be the Waiver of Appearance and the Decree of Dissolution of Marriage - YOUR SPOUSE WAIVES THEIR RIGHT TO APPEAR IN COURT. ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS DO THEIR DIVORCE THIS WAY! Only the Petitioner is required to meet with the Judge! How to File For Divorce In Oklahoma
If you have Children, then there may be some other documents for your spouse to sign, such as the Joint Custody Plan, Child Support Computation, Application to Waive the 90 Day Waiting Period, and others as needed. Keep in mind this is actually very simple. Read the How to File For Divorce In Oklahoma Summary to the right to see how simple it is!
STEP FOUR: This is the day you see the Judge!The Court Clerk or the Judges secretary will have given you the court date by now. Anything, including the Waiver of Appearance, that you have not filed with the Court, take this with you on your court date!
CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR DIVORCE IS FINAL TODAY!!!! If the Judge approves everything as written, you can now begin your new chapter.
How to File For Divorce In Oklahoma INSTRUCTIONS SUMMARY
STEP ONE: SIGN, NOTARIZE PETITION.
STEP TWO: FILE PETITION AT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
STEP THREE: WAIT 24 HOURS AFTER YOU FILE PETITION, AND THEN HAVE YOUR SPOUSE SIGN AND NOTARIZE ANY DOCUMENT THAT HAS A RESPONDENT SIGNATURE LINE AND A NOTARY SIGNATURE LINE.
***ALSO HAVE THE RESPONDENT (YOUR SPOUSE) SIGN THE RESPONDENT SIGNATURE LINE ON THE BACK PAGE OF THE DECREE!***
STEP THREE: TAKE ANY DOCUMENTS YOU HAVE NOT FILED YET BACK TO THE COURT CLERK ON THE DAY THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO SEE THE JUDGE!
CONGRATULATIONS! You will see the Judge now and your divorce will be granted on this day!
Petitioner - The person who files the Petition to the Court
Respondent - The spouse who receives the Petition and is given the chance to "Respond".
Be sure to have your Spouse sign the RESPONDENT SIGNATURE line on the back page of the Decree. DO NOT NOTARIZE IT!!!
Be sure to dress appropriately and modest.
Don't be nervous, relax, relief is almost here!
Don't complicate the filing instructions! It really is simple, you just have slow down and FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS!
Remember, file the Petition with the Court before you have your spouse sign ANYTHING!
Be courteous and polite to your spouse when asking them to sign. If there are any disagreements, contact us and we can help you solve them.
This process goes so much easier for couples who can get along just long enough to File, Sign and Wait to see the Judge.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HARD! There are clients who understandHow to File For Divorce In Oklahoma and there are MANY who don't! Don't be afraid to send us an email or call us to ask for help or clarification. Remember, the title of the Document is always right below you and your spouses name
Frequently Asked Questions
Does My Spouse Have to Appear in Court?
No. In MOST CASES we handle, the spouse signs a WAIVER of APPEARANCE, because both parties agree to the terms of the divorce.
What Am I "Entitled To"?
We cannot answer questions that are deamed as "Legal Advice", because we do not employ attorneys. We can simply draft the documents and instruct you as to which document you file first and where you go to file. We can, however either direct you to an attorney if you have a question we cannot answer.
If You Don't Employ Attorneys, then How Can You Draft My Documents?
This is our MOST COMMON QUESTION. We are able to do this by helping those who wish to take advantage of their right to Represent themselves in court, Pro Se, which is Latin and means "For Self". The majority of our clients have been seperated for several years, and due to the high costs associated with attorneys, they cannot afford one. We help anyone who cannot afford to pay the fees associated with Lawyer Assisted Divorces (LADS). Again, we always recommend you consult a Divorce Attorney if you have pressing Legal Questions.
Can You List The Divisions of Property and Debts we have, Such as our Home?
Yes. We can list any property or debt you have acquired together over time.
What if my Spouse Get's Angry and Wants to Contest it?
This is a common problem. Luckily, you have us who are a neutral party more than willing to call your spouse and discuss the terms and try to bring the both of you to a reasonable and PEACEFUL compromise. If we cannot find a path for success, we will recommend that you see a Divorce Attorney and go the hard route :(***MOST CASES LIKE THIS, WE ARE ABLE TO COOL THE HEAT AND FACILITATE VERYSUCCESSFUL MEDIATION!Remember, it is most likely that your spouse is not ready to spend $10,000.00 going to Court, and this route can save them time, money and peace of mind as well!
You have successfully learned How to File For Divorce In Oklahoma! Thank you for reading!
Oklahoma Name Change
If you are in the need for an Oklahoma Name Change, look no further! Whether you're trying to change your name to your parents name because you somehow never had it, or if you have your own reasons for changing your name to something else, let us help you with the paperwork!
Oklahoma Name Change of Minor Child
We get requests every week from people who need an Oklahoma Name Change of Minor Child for their son or daughter. The first thing we're going to do, is setup a time to meet with you in our office. The following process outlines the Oklahoma Name Change Process:
- Meet in person to go over name change needs
- Gather all information necessary
- Get required documents we need from you
- Get reason for name change from you
- Complete Payment for documents
- Begin Drafting Documents
- Deliver paperwork to you in office
- Coach you through the filing process
- You file at court house
- Follow written filing, publication etc instructions
That's pretty much it! We will be there every step of the way, should you get lost in the process. An Oklahoma Name Change can be difficult if you do the steps out of order, but that's what you have us for! We're not a blank form packet; rather we are a whole team of professionals dedicated to helping you succeed in your mission.
We usually take Name Change appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Divorce takes precedence on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. We can, however, make arrangements for you if you can't make a Wednesday or Thursday. We can even schedule weekend appointments, so long as you can commit to a scheduled time on Saturdays. An Oklahoma Name Change appointment with us shouldn't take too much of your time. We know your time is valuable, and we will certainly make the best use of it!
How Long Does An Uncontested Divorce Take?
How long does an uncontested divorce take? That all depends on many different circumstances. For example, we have seen customers with an uncontested divorce without children completed in as little as 14 days. An Uncontested Divorce with children can take upwards of 90 days. Some people purchase a 90 Day Waiver to request for the judge to lower their waiting period to be less than 90 days. These people usually have circumstances that require them to be finished faster. You should do legal research or ask a divorce lawyer if you have the right circumstances. Usually in the worst cases, if a Judge says no, then you wait the 90 days like everyone else.
How long does an Uncontested Divorce Take (continued)
How long does an uncontested divorce take? If both parties can come to an agreement, this type of divorce can move much faster than a litigated divorce. Typically, if all matters regarding child support, child custody, child visitation with both parents, property division, debt distribution are agreed upon, then the divorce is much faster.
If you are having difficulty coming up with an agreement regarding your divorce issues, such as child support, alimony, child custody or property, then we can help! Our divorce mediators are experienced in handling ugly fights! We can help you come up with a plan so you can be finished. We can alleviate the "How long does an Uncontested Divorce" pain you may be experiencing!
Anytime a dispute arises, rest assured that we will work hard to help you settle said dispute! We know this is a difficult process, and we are ready to help you avoid the pain associated with it! We will do everything in our divorce mediator powers to pull out all the stops so you can avoid more headache! If you have any questions, please schedule an in office visit with us. We'll coach you through the whole process, from A-Z!
We have developed some of the best methods for settling divorce disputes. Our processes are unique to us. They have been tried and tested for over 6 years!
Oklahoma City Uncontested Divorce – Not limited to Oklahoma City
If you live in any of the 77 counties in the beautiful State of Oklahoma, we can help you out! We have serviced divorcing couples in every county and usually know what each court expects to see in your Oklahoma Divorce Decree! Our Oklahoma City Uncontested Divorce option is not limited to the OKC Metro area! We serve the following counties in Oklahoma!
Adair Cotton Jackson McCurtain Pottawatomie Alfalfa Craig Jefferson McIntosh Pushmataha Atoka Creek Johnston Murray Roger Mills Beaver Custer Kay Muskogee Rogers Beckham Delaware Kingfisher Noble Seminole Blaine Dewey Kiowa Nowata Sequoyah Bryan Ellis Latimer Okfuskee Stephens Caddo Garfield Le Flore Oklahoma Texas Canadian Garvin Lincoln Okmulgee Tillman Carter Grady Logan Osage Tulsa Cherokee Grant Love Ottawa Wagoner Choctaw Greer Major Pawnee Washington Cimarron Harmon Marshall Payne Washita Cleveland Harper Mayes Pittsburg Woods Coal Haskell McClain Pontotoc Woodward Comanche Hughes