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Frequently Asked Questions About Oklahoma Family Law

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Denker & Zuhdi, PLLC is committed to capable and compassionate family law service. Because family law issues touch upon our clients so personally, our Oklahoma City attorneys provide detailed answers to all your questions. After learning about your situation, we will explain how the law applies and will outline  out your options, so you can make a fully informed decision on how proceed. We provide personalized counsel in our office and answer common questions such as:

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What is the purpose of an adult adoption?

There are three main reasons to adopt an adult. The first is to ensure an inheritance for someone you love. Adult adoptions can also formalize an existing relationship. If you have put off adopting a foster child because you needed the state support, you can adopt when the child reaches the age of majority. Finally, if an adult is developmentally disabled, adoption can help in establishing instruments to support him or her financially.

What is the residency requirement for divorce in Oklahoma?

To file for divorce in Oklahoma, at least one spouse must have lived in the state for six months or more. The petitioner must file in the court of a county where one of the spouses has resided for 90 days.

Do grounds for divorce such as adultery or cruelty influence the divorce decree?

Generally, marital misconduct does not influence the terms of the divorce unless the misconduct has impacted a party’s ability to pay or has drained the marital estate. For example, if a spouse spent lavishly on a paramour, the court might order a greater share of the marital estate to the innocent spouse. Likewise, someone who squandered family funds on a girlfriend or boyfriend might not be able to escape an alimony obligation by claiming an inability to make payments.

Do grandparents have a right to child custody or visitation in Oklahoma?

In cases where the parents have died or a court has judged them to be unfit, grandparents can petition for child custody. As for visitation, when a child’s nuclear family is not intact, grandparents have a limited right to request visitation over the objection of a custodial parent. The court can grant grandparent visitation if the judge believes that it would be in the best interest of the child and that denying grandparents access would harm the child.

Does Oklahoma require child support throughout college?

Under Oklahoma law, the child support obligation ends when the child turns 18, unless the child is still enrolled in high school or the equivalent. Then, support continues until the child turns 20. Courts cannot order a parent to pay college expenses or child support for a son or daughter in college. However, if the parents made a marital settlement agreement that included college expenses and support, the court will enforce the agreement.

Can a father sue to establish paternity in Oklahoma?

Although most paternity suits are brought by mothers seeking to obtain child support, fathers may sue to establish paternity if they seek the legal right to be part of their child’s life. Once a father establishes paternity, he must pay child support, but may also petition for custody or visitation.

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