Filing for divorce without a lawyer
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 lets 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 review the requests and issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage.
Can I file for divorce in Oklahoma without a lawyer?:
Answer. Yes. You can represent yourself Pro Se, which is Latin and means “for self.” We will draft the documents you need to file at your request! We will provide step-by-step filing instructions so that you understand how to file, where to file, and who to see at the Court Clerk’s office. We will take great care to make sure we coach you through every step of the process!
Our 4-Step Process is as follows:
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.
FILING 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.
Can I file for divorce in Oklahoma without a lawyer?
Yes. We help you obtain a “Pro Se” divorce, which is Latin and means “for self.” This means you will file the documents and represent yourself, instead of paying a lawyer to do it.
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!