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February 2017 Archives

Protecting assets during a divorce

When residents of Oklahoma are planning their weddings, divorce tends to be the last thing on their minds. However, for couples who are arriving at the marriage with some wealth, particularly wealth that has been inherited, a trust fund might serve to protect those assets in a divorce. The key is establishing a trust with clear language and that anticipates a variety of situations right from the beginning.

Domestic violence and child custody

When Oklahoma family courts consider child custody plans filed by divorcing parents, judges consider the best interests of the child. Legal statutes require evaluation of these plans based on the physical, mental and moral welfare of the child. Generally, judges accept plans for joint or shared custody except in cases that involve domestic violence, stalking or harassment.

Dealing with the primary residence in divorce cases

When Oklahoma couples choose to divorce, their primary residence is often the most valuable asset discussed during property division negotiations. These decisions are often difficult due to the memories involved, but spouses may be able to make more prudent choices if they can put their emotions to one side and focus on the practical considerations instead. Selling the property in question and dividing the profits may be the simplest solution, but it may make more sense in some situations for one party to buy out the other's share.