The attorneys of Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC in Enid help clients make smart decisions as they go through difficult family situations such as divorces and custody disputes. With 80 years of combined experience, our lawyers work closely with Oklahomans to develop strategies that suit their values and specific circumstances. Whether you’ve determined how to proceed or simply seek advice on your options, we’ll make sure that you have a clear understanding of the relevant law and how it applies to your case. No two families are the same, which makes each family law challenge unique. We understand that and have the knowledge, background and commitment to pursue a resolution that protects what is most important to you and your loved ones.
In Oklahoma, a 90-day waiting period must pass between the date a divorce petition is filed and the final divorce order is issued. If each side agrees on matters such as property division, custody and alimony, we work to complete the proceedings without any additional delay. No matter what your situation entails, it’s important to understand the laws and procedures that will affect your case, including:
Even if you’re unsure about how to proceed, we offer an initial consultation so you know what to expect.
Like the courts of other states, Oklahoma courts make custody decisions based on what the judge believes to be in the child’s best interests. Neither mothers nor fathers are given any preference under the law. Whenever possible, joint custody arrangements are encouraged so that both parents maintain legal authority over key decisions and have frequent, meaningful contact with their sons and daughters. If sharing authority puts the child at risk, our firm can advise on whether sole custody is likely to be granted.
Our attorneys also work to establish fair visitation arrangements no matter what the custody situation is. We look at the young person’s physical, emotional and educational needs to create a clear, detailed schedule that includes provisions for holidays and transportation. If no consensus can be reached or if a modification to an existing order is necessary, we are strong advocates in these situations and other family law matters.
When parents no longer live together, child support payments are calculated based on each parent’s income, the number of nights the child stays in each home, and other relevant factors including healthcare premiums and childcare costs. Our firm represents obligor and recipient parents in proceedings to determine the initial rate as well as modification and enforcement actions. Strict sanctions exist when payments are missing or late. We can help you take action if this occurs or if you believe your co-parent is misrepresenting their earnings or other financial information submitted to the courts.
Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC advises Oklahomans in various family law concerns, including divorces and child custody matters. Please call 580-599-0191 or contact us online to make an appointment for a consultation at our Enid office.