Divorce is always difficult. However, when both parties can work together to come to a mutual agreement on the terms of the divorce, there are other options. Many couples in this situation find that mediation is a quicker and easier solution to divorce than litigation.
Alimony, also called spousal support, is awarded in some Oklahoma divorce cases, but not all. Alimony is intended to provide for one spouse that would otherwise suffer unfair economic effects of a divorce.
A common law marriage is one in which both parties have voluntarily agreed to enter into a marriage and hold themselves out to be married, but have not formally sought legal recognition of their union. Does Oklahoma recognize common law marriages? If so, if you were in a common law marriage, do you have to get a divorce if you break up?
Sometimes, couples get married and realize it was a mistake. In this situation, spouses often assume that they must get a divorce. This, however, isn’t always the case. Some couples are eligible for an annulment in Oklahoma, although the grounds for an annulment are more limited than those for a divorce.
Many assume that after divorce, each spouse will receive half of the property the couple jointly owns. This, however, isn’t always true.