Can a Parent’s Rights be Terminated in a Step-Parent Adoption?
We often get asked questions about termination of parental rights and how or if it can happen. In the State of Oklahoma, a parent’s rights can be terminated in two instances. The first being if the District Attorney of a... Read More
Is Bedwetting a Sign of Child Abuse?
It is not uncommon to have a parent going through a divorce or custody case to raise the issue of their observance of regressive behaviors in their children. They often point to behavioral changes, such as bedwetting when they have... Read More
Can a Family Law Court Terminate a Parent’s Rights?
It is not uncommon in our practice to represent a parent fighting to simply maintain a relationship with their children in a divorce or custody action. Too often a parent attempts to eliminate contact between the other parent and their... Read More
Child Support in High Income Cases
Oklahoma law provides that, except in rare occasions, any child shall be entitled to support by the parents until the child reaches eighteen (18) years of age. If a child is regularly enrolled in and attending high school, or an... Read More
Defending a False Allegation of Abuse In Divorce or Custody Cases
Oklahoma law provides that in a divorce or custody proceeding, a victim of domestic violence is entitled to their reasonable attorney fees being paid by the party guilty of the abuse. 43 O.S. § 112.6 is the law, and it’s... Read More
You May Be In An Abusive Marriage If….
Domestic abuse is a common allegation in divorce and family law cases. Oklahoma law provides that if you are determined to be the victim of domestic violence you are entitled to an attorney fee award from the other party. Some... Read More
What Do We Do About the Dog?
I’ve had more than one client utter a version of the statement, “She can have the kids, but she can’t have my dog.” The attachment to our pets doesn’t just go away after the divorce decree is entered, and it’s... Read More
Your Stress is Hurting Your Children
“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” – Oscar Wilde Divorce is often cited as one of the most stressful events an individual will ever experience. A parent experiencing a... Read More
Parental Equality in Custody Cases Advances in OK House
As I have previously posted, Oklahoma House Bill 1151 is making its way through the Oklahoma legislature, and this week it received a unanimous vote in favor in the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee. This moves the legislation to the floor... Read More
What If It Doesn’t Work Out?
“Marital restoration is worth the risk of failure.” As a child who grew up in a conservative Christian home and later attended a conservative Christian university, divorce was taboo. Divorce was not an option for married couples without establishing adultery... Read More