If you’ve found yourself in the midst of a legal dilemma, you simply cannot afford to walk the path alone. This is particularly true of family law matters, during which emotions frequently run high and mistakes can result in more than just financial loss.
Whether you are going through an amicable or contentious divorce, seeking to adopt a child, or fighting over child custody or support arrangements, your financial health and emotional wellbeing are at stake. At Family Legacy and Wealth Counsel, we provide personalized, compassionate legal guidance for all family law-related matters. We strive to affordably and effectively identify the best legal strategy for your family’s unique situation, so that you can move on with your life.
Why You Need a Tulsa Family Law Attorney
At Family Legacy and Wealth Counsel we offer skilled legal counsel in all areas of family law. The most common cases we handle include:
Divorce can be a traumatic experience for all parties involved. Once they’ve realized the emotional and financial costs of a litigious divorce, many couples choose to part ways more amicably, through an uncontested divorce. For an uncontested divorce to proceed successfully, the couple should agree on certain core issues, including the division of property and debt, child custody, and whether or not one parent should pay child support. Couples without children can have an uncontested divorce started and finished in as little as 10 days. If you believe that court intervention may be necessary for any of the above mentioned issues, an uncontested divorce may not be the best path for you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse.
A divorce becomes contested when a couple disagrees on issues such as child custody, alimony, or property division. As a result, the court must intervene to determine how such matters should be settled. Contested divorces can last several weeks, months, or (more rarely) even years. Due to court costs and attorney fees, contested divorces can also become expensive very quickly. Some couples know right off the bat that their divorce will be contested. However, it is not uncommon for seemingly-friendly uncontested divorces to transition to contested when the parties realize they aren’t as agreeable as they thought. This is why it is so important, even in an uncontested divorce, to work with an experienced Tulsa divorce lawyer from the start. If things take an ugly turn, you don’t want to be standing out there, alone.
Divorce is often hardest on children. At Family Legacy Wealth Counsel, we understand the highly-sensitive nature of divorces involving children, and we consistently provide compassionate legal counsel, always placing the needs of children first. It is our goal to help you and the other parent devise a child custody plan that simultaneously works for you both and provides a happy, safe, and healthy environment for your children.
In Oklahoma, child support payments are calculated based on parental income. At Family Legacy Wealth Counsel, we remain up to date on the state’s constantly-evolving child support guidelines. Maybe you and the other parent wish to amicably devise a working support arrangement. Maybe you are embroiled in a dispute over who should pay what amount, or you need help to enforce payments from a delinquent parent. Whatever the reason, we are here for you. On the flip side, if you are struggling to make child support payments, we can also help. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a modification to your current payment schedule.
During a marriage, it is common for the couple to acquire a certain amount of joint property, also referred to as marital or community property. This can include real estate, cars, bank accounts, joint retirement accounts, and other marital assets. As an equitable distribution state, Oklahoma divides marital property equitably (a.k.a. fairly). This does not mean equally. A fair distribution of property is rarely an exact 50/50 split.
To determine what is considered equitable, the spouses can amicably decide on their own, or the court will need to step in and consider multiple factors. Among these factors are the value of the assets, how and what each party contributed to the marriage, accommodations or sacrifices made by one spouse to help the other, whether or not there are children, and much, much more. The division of property can actually become quite complicated, and the process shouldn’t be attempted without the help of an experienced lawyer.
When the dynamics of the marriage resulted in one spouse being the primary or sole breadwinner and the other spouse relying on that income to maintain a certain standard of living, the income-generating spouse may be required to pay alimony to the other. In Oklahoma, judges can award temporary alimony to support a financially-dependent spouse until the divorce is finalized, rehabilitative alimony to help a dependent spouse become financially self-supporting, or permanent alimony, which is increasingly rare.
Adoption is a great option for stepparents. At Family Legacy Wealth Counsel, we use our knowledge of Oklahoma adoption laws to help stepparents gain a better understanding of the requirements needed to successfully adopt their stepchild. To begin the stepparent adoption process, you must file a petition to adopt. The petition will contain basic information about you and your stepchild; information about each biological parent must also be present. It is our goal to guide you through the stepparent adoption process in a stress free and timely manner.
A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into a couple before they get married that details how they will divide their property and resolve other financial issues in the event the marriage does not work out.
Prenuptial agreements are not just for the wealthy – they are for anyone who wants peace of mind before they enter a new marriage. At Family Legacy Wealth Counsel, we help you create a prenuptial agreement that ensures you enter your new marriage feeling protected.
Contact Family Legacy Wealth Counsel Today
If you need legal counsel in a divorce, child custody or support matter, or any other family law matter, the skilled legal team at Family Legacy Wealth Counsel can help. Unlike other areas of law, family law matters generally involve highly-delicate issues. When emotions run high, you need more than just someone who practices law; you need a compassionate, skilled attorney with extensive experience in matters of family law. We will provide you with the peace of mind, comfort, and confidence you need to get through these challenging times and achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Contact Family Legacy Wealth Counsel today at 918-986-8525 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.