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July 2015 Archives

Same-sex divorces issues to consider in Oklahoma

Since the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2015, same-sex marriage has been legal in all 50 states. However, it is unclear how a divorce in a such a marriage may differ from a divorce involving a heterosexual couple. For instance, those who study the issue are unsure how child custody matters would be resolved as only one parent will be biologically related to the child.

Financial planning after an Oklahoma divorce

After a divorce, an individual's financial situation may change dramatically. A former spouse may need to make a mortgage or rent payment as well as file their own tax return for the first time. However, these financial changes are generally easier to handle when they are accounted for in advance of the divorce.

The role of substance abuse in child custody

When parents of young children end their relationship, one of the most delicate aspects can be the child custody negotiations, particularly when there is a history of substance or alcohol abuse or other issues such as spousal abuse. Oklahoma parents who are negotiating custody might be interested in knowing the impact that these types of issues have.

Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples have the constitutional right to marry in all 50 states, including Oklahoma. The historic 5-4 decision marked the end of a long and heated civil rights battle.

Treatment of military benefits during divorce

Former and active military members and their spouses may find themselves subject to different rules when filing for a divorce in Oklahoma. In contrast to some civilian divorces, military benefits can comprise a significant amount of a couple's assets. Those benefits are sometimes divided, depending on the length of marriage during the course of service. The impact of a divorce under any circumstances can cause grief and conflict, but knowledge of the process may provide a faster resolution and more financial security.