married, the court has the authority to make orders regarding property, debts, alimony, child custody, child support, visitation. The procedure is nearly identical to that of a divorce case, except that the court does not grant a dissolution of the marriage.
Legal separation cases are no longer as common as they once were, but there are times when legal separation can be a viable option for a couple. Legal separation can also be used as a tool to address certain jurisdictional concerns, such as where the parties were previously divorced in a state that lacked jurisdiction over the property or the children of the marriage or where the parties desire to separate, but have not yet met the residency requirements to file for divorce in Oklahoma. Legal separation can also be used where parties desire to separate for a lengthy period of time before deciding whether they would like to reconcile or divorce.
If you are contemplating a legal separation, you need competent legal representation. Please contact Mullins Martinez Sexton & Reaves, P.C. at 405-235-2335 or by email.
Legal Separation in Oklahoma
When parties wish to separate their financial and domestic affairs, but desire to remain married, Oklahoma law provides for legal separation, also known as “alimony without divorce”. This means that while the parties will remain
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