When couples divorce, the court must distribute between them the property acquired as a direct result of the labor and investments of the parties during the marriage. At Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC, we provide one-on-one service to our divorce clients to ensure that they get a fair share of the property that is divided while retaining the property that belongs exclusively to them.
In Oklahoma, there are two types of property in a marriage:
There are special rules for classifying disability benefits. It they are intended to replace future wages, they are community property, but if they replace retirement benefits, they are separate property. The court makes the final decision on the classification.
After the property is classified, the court adds up the fair market value of the community property and subtracts the divorcing couple’s debts from it to determine their net worth. Finally, the court determines how this net worth is divided between the parties. The property need not necessarily be divided on a 50/50 basis, as long as the court determines that the division it makes is just and reasonable.
The court has a lot of discretion in determining how to make a just and reasonable division of marital property. Factors the court considers are:
On the other hand, the court cannot consider such factors as:
We are experienced in classifying and evaluating property and guiding the court toward an equitable division that will be as beneficial for our clients.
Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC advises and advocates for Oklahomans on all issues related to the classification and equitable division of property in a divorce. Please call 580-599-0191 or contact us online to make an appointment for a consultation at our Enid office.