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Divorce in Oklahoma FAQ

How long does it take to get a divorce in Oklahoma?

If no children are born of the marriage, a divorce in Oklahoma can finalize in 10 days. If there are children born of the marriage, an Oklahoma divorce with children usually takes approximately 90 days.

What are the divorce filing residency requirements in Oklahoma?

The Petitioner must be resident in good faith for at least (30) days preceding the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in the County the Reside and of the State of Oklahoma for at least (6) months.

What are the Legal Grounds for Divorce in Oklahoma?

The following is a list of the Oklahoma divorce filing Legal Grounds for divorce. Click HERE for a link to the OSCN.NET OS 43 Citation for the exact statute regarding these requirements.

      1. 1. Abandonment for one year;
      1. 2. Adultery;
      1. 3. Impotency;
      1. 4. When the wife, at the time of the marriage, was pregnant by someone other than her husband;
      1. 5. Extreme cruelty;
      1. 6. Fraudulent contract;
      1. 7. Incompatibility;
      1. 8. Habitual drunkenness;
      1. 9. Gross neglect of duty;
      1. 10. Imprisonment of the other party in a state or federal penal institution under sentence for the commission of a felony at the time the Petition is filed;
      1. 11. The procurement of a final divorce decree outside of the state by a husband or wife which does not release the other party from the obligations of the marriage in Oklahoma; and
      1. 12.Insanity for a period of five (5) years, the insane person having been an inmate of a state institution for the insane in the State of Oklahoma, or inmate of a state institution for the insane in some other state for such period, or of a private sanitarium, and affected with a type of insanity with a poor prognosis for recovery; provided, that no divorce shall be granted because of insanity until after a thorough examination of such insane person by three physicians, one of whom shall be a superintendent of the hospital or sanitarium for the insane in which the insane defendant is confined, and the other two to be appointed by the court before whom the action is pending, and any two of such physicians shall agree that such insane person, at the time the petition in the divorce action is filed, has a poor prognosis for recovery; provided, further, however, that no divorce shall be granted on this ground to any person whose husband or wife is an inmate of a state institution in any other than the State of Oklahoma, unless the person applying for such divorce shall have been a resident of the State of Oklahoma for at least five (5) years prior to the commencement of an action; and provided further, that a decree granted on this ground shall not relieve the successful party from contributing to the support and maintenance of the defendant. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the insane defendant, which appointment shall be made at least ten (10) days before any decree is entered.

Can you do a Same-Sex Divorce in Oklahoma?

Yes. Our company actually drafted the paperwork for the 1st successful Same-Sex divorce case in Oklahoma after the Oklahoma Supreme Court officially recognized same-sex marriages. Divorces were naturally added to that recognition.

How much does it cost to get a divorce?

We save our customers THOUSANDS of dollars! The average cost of a litigated divorce in Oklahoma is $18,700 (with children)! Express Documents and Mediation, Inc. starts at $149 without children and $249 with children click here to schedule a free appointment to discuss or call us at (405) 633-3194 for immediate assistance!

The answer is $18,700 as surveyed

How many divorces does your company handle each year?

Express Documents and Mediation, Inc. helps approximately 2,000 divorcing couples each year in Oklahoma!

Can I file for divorce in Oklahoma myself?

Yes! Our company specializes in assisting people in getting a divorce in Oklahoma on their own without having to hire an expensive divorce lawyer! We can help you file for divorce in Oklahoma without a lawyer.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

An Uncontested Divorce is a method of getting a divorce in Oklahoma without having to fight costly battles in court. Express Documents and Mediation, Inc. provides a host of divorce services which model around uncontested divorce in Oklahoma that is designed to settle divorces quickly, efficiently, outside of court without the hassle of expensive divorce attorneys.

What is a Waiver Divorce in Oklahoma?

A waiver divorce in Oklahoma is a divorce whereby one party (petitioner) files a divorce petition, and the other party (respondent) signs a Waiver which allows them to waive their appearance in court as well as their right to be served a summons by a licensed process server or sheriff. The parties both agree to the terms of the divorce and do not wish to fight in court.

What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce Mediation is a process whereby two opposing parties hire a neutral 3rd party negotiator to help them settle outstanding issues so that a Divorce Decree can be drafted which both parties agree to sign. Rather than hiring lawyers and fighting endless, exhaustive and expensive battles in courts, the parties can use one mediator to find agreements which will allow for a more simple divorce process. Divorce Mediation has been shown to save thousands of dollars in divorce fees. In addition to financial savings, studies have shown that minor children are 85% more likely to be successful when their parents go through a mediated divorce vs. a litigated divorce.

How do I file for divorce in Oklahoma without a lawyer?

Step One: Contact Express Documents and Mediation and ask for a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. We will provide this in addition to other documents you will need to file and finalize a divorce in Oklahoma.

Step Two: Once document drafting process is complete, file appropriate documents at the District Court Clerk’s Office in the County where you reside. We will give you the address, phone and room number in our detailed filing instructions.

Step Three: Wait the required statutory waiting period time. 10 days in a divorce with no children; 90 days in a divorce with children, whereas 90 days might be waived if your Judge approves an Application to Waive the 90 Day Waiting Period.

Step Four: Have spouse sign the appropriate documents. Again, this will be detailed in our very thorough filing instructions, subject to the documents required for your case.

Step Five: After the statutory waiting period is up, go to the courthouse and see the Judge who is assigned to your case. IF approved, your divorce will be final that day. If not approved, contact us for revisions. (Some Judge’s have unforeseen requirements. We are FULLY PREPARED to help you should this rare occasion happen.)

Step Six: Go live a happy life! Don’t get married for 6 months after your Decree is signed by the judge!

Where can I find a list of Oklahoma Divorce Laws?

You can click this link here to see an entire list of Oklahoma divorce laws!

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Coach You Through The Oklahoma Divorce Process

Challenge of the Oklahoma Divorce Process

Going through the Oklahoma Divorce Process can be challenging. It’s one of those things in life that you don’t think you will ever engage in, and it’s certainly not something they prepare you for in college or high school. The Oklahoma Divorce Process is a process we know very well!

Like most endeavors, divorce can be a challenge. The Oklahoma divorce process can be both intimidating and exhausting. Just preparing for a divorce can be costly, not only in monetary cost, but emotional stress and mental exhaustion are factors which weigh heavily on the bottom line!

No one WANTS to get a divorce. No one ever set out in life to get a divorce. Everyone starts their life with dreams of a wedding and a life filled with happiness. We all plan for happiness. Who plans for disaster?
When dealing with the Oklahoma Divorce Process, most people don’t have a clue. The first thought, is get a lawyer! Lawyers are very important! A good divorce lawyer can protect you in the midst of the other party attempting to wrong you.

Most cases, however, don’t necessarily need to be hard fought for a win. Lawyers, like soldiers, are designed for war. For most couples, the war is already over. The divorce process is supposed to bring peace. Instead, it often brings more death and destruction.

I am thoroughly convinced, after 6 years of being a divorce mediator, that divorce itself is not the cause of post traumatic stress after a divorce, but rather, a lengthy, nasty and costly divorce war is the culprit.

Does the Oklahoma Divorce Process have to be deadly?

At Express Documents & Mediation, we pride ourselves on helping people end the war with diplomacy. There are often unsettled disputes when people enter our offices, but these are disputes we can easily settle. We have seen people leave our offices, engage in war, rack up 6 figures worth of legal fees, and end up BACK in our office to settle the deal! One woman spent over $100k in legal fees over a 5 year span!!! WHY?!!!

Our Oklahoma Divorce Process is proven, tested and ready to settle disputes in a manner which drastically reduces cost, stress and emotional turmoil! We attack the problem, not the people! There’s a reason why we have offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa! That reason is like our “secret” chili recipe!

We Coach You Through The Process

We will coach your through the Oklahoma Divorce Process. We have options such as:

• Divorce Planning
• Before, during and after
• Discovering Areas of Potential Disagreement
• Destroying Areas of Conflict and Disagreement
• Settling Disputes OUTSIDE of Court!
• Where to file
• How to file
• How to schedule a court date with your judge
• Step-By-Step Instruction

Our aim, is to make your divorce exactly what you planned. We help manage the process, remove unrealistic expectations that might hinder the process, and establish goals and focus to facilitate a simple, easy process.
By the time we are done, you can begin your path to peace. Rather than making a bad situation worse, our #1 goal, is to END THE WAR and start the peace plan!