On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
Marriage is typically entered into with a vow that is not supposed to be broken except by death. While the overall divorce rate has declined in Oklahoma in recent years, almost half of all marriages still end in divorce. The reasons for divorce may be different in each case and most people acknowledge that a couple should not remain in an unhappy marriage nor remain together for the sake of the children. There are other myths that largely do not hold true.
Property division and finances are among the most important issues to understand when confronting divorce proceedings. It is often recommended that couples who are separating establish separate finances as soon as possible. This can aid in budgeting and financial planning, though money that was earned during a marriage is considered joint property and is subject to property division. Oklahoma is an equitable distribution state, which means assets are to be divided fairly though not necessarily equally.
Being unhappy in a marriage is the reason most frequently given for deciding to divorce. It is often referred to as having irreconcilable differences. It is not unusual for one party to blame the other, but it can be important to understand that while it takes two people to make a marriage work, it can also take two to cause a marriage to end. Understanding one’s own role in the situation can help form better relationships in the future.
A person in Oklahoma who is considering separation or divorce may benefit from consulting with an experienced family law attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer may help a client identify issues that led to the decision to part ways. Introspection can also help one arrive at a fair settlement.