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HOW TO FILE YOUR OKLAHOMA UNCONTESTED DIVORCE, STEP-BY-STEP
Filing your divorce can be difficult if you don't know what you are doing.                 
Use this Guide to help familiarize your self with the divorce filing process!

It's actually easier than you think!
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How to File an Oklahoma Divorce

Where to start:

In order to file, you are going to need one initial file to start the Process. This file 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 also is the document that tells your spouse that you want to divorce them. The Petition requests that the court look over the findings and issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. 

In other words, STEP ONE: Take the Petition to a Notary Public, and sign the Petition and the Affidavit, 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 together, then the only document you need to have your spouse sign will be the Waiver of Appearance - 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!


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 if needed. Keep in mind this is actually very simple. Read the Summary to the right to see how simple it is!

STEP FOUR: This is the day you see the Judge! The Court Clerk 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!!!!

JUST REMEMBER NOT TO MARRY FOR 6 MONTHS OR CO-HABITATE WITH ANYONE FOR 6 MONTHS OR YOUR DIVORCE COULD BE MADE VOID!
INSTRUCTIONS SUMMARY
STEP ONE: SIGN, NOTARIZE AND FILE PETITION

STEP TWO: WAIT 24 HOURS AFTER YOU FILE PETITION, AND THEN HAVE YOU 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! 

Definitions:

Petitioner - The person who files the Petition to the Court

Respondent - The spouse who receives the Petition and is given the chance to "Respond".


Helpful Hints!

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 think about it!
 
Remember, file the Petition with the Court before you have your spouse sign ANYTHING!
 
Don't worry about what to say to the Judge, we will prepare you a written statement that you will read word-for-word to the Judge.
 
Be courteous and polite to your spouse when asking them to sign. 
 
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 understand the filing instructions and there are MANY who don't! Don't be afraid to send us an email and ask for help or clarification. Remember, the title of the Document is always right below you and your spouses name.