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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I ask husband refinance our home and pay my equity and remove my name from the home & property prior to divorce

He took me off joint bank accounts, cell phone plans and car insurance this past fall 8/21-12/21. 1/5 he turned off access to hot water and washer and dryer. I had surgery 1/7 and I'm currently staying with family in Missouri recovering.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 20, 2022

In most situations there are automatic injunctions put in place to prevent the changing of bank accounts, insurance, and utilities and the like. You need to consult with an attorney on this so that you can be represented fully. To your other question, yes you can ask, and file a joint affidavit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My husband got a job at Waffle House and started having an affair with the general manager now he lives with her she ha

..house assaulted me and sends me vulgar messages about what her in my husband do Waffle House has a no fraternizing policy I have contacted Waffle House and informed them of this and I've done nothing is there anything I can do?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 11, 2022

You cannot force Waffle House to do anything. You, however can file a police report for the assault and harassment against her. Additionally you can file for separation/divorce against your husband if you are not able to reconcile. Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Any laws in MO against moving to another state with your child before paternity is established?

He got an online DNA test kit after I moved from Missouri to Illinois, and he found out she is his after I moved to Illinois. He still doesn't know I moved, and hes been making threats to try and take me to court to get full custody of her. The courts have no reason to Grant him full custody,... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 5, 2022

You will need to post this in the MO and IL forums.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: Can you have a felony and obtain a seller license in the state of Oklahoma?

I am a felon and I'm trying to work at the thunder games and they say I need to obtain a license can I do this?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 5, 2022

What are you attempting to sell and how long has it been since the felony conviction? More information is required to fully assess your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: What makes lawyers better than us in the court why do judges and lawyers say to seek counsel like we are not capable
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 5, 2022

Because, in a lot of cases it is better for you to seek counsel. What often appears like "common sense" may in fact be the opposite of what years of case law and statutes have said. This is where the lawyer and judges may, not always, be more capable in actual knowledge of the law. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Tax Law, Banking and Business Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I am on a school board for a private school.

Can a parent make a donation to the school (501c3) and then ask for the money back if they move or enroll their child elsewhere?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 5, 2022

The parent can ask - but there isn't anything requiring the refund. There is no federal law, and most states classify the donation as a gift and therefore no longer the property of the person giving the donation, and thus not required to be returned. However, if the funds were donated with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a 16 year old granddaughter in Tampa Florida. She has called me this evening after a fight with her mother.

Her mother told her to pack her bags and get out and she never wants to see her again. I live in Oklahoma. Am I able to go get this child without legal repercussions?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 4, 2022

Yes and no - or better yet - it depends. Since the child is a resident of Florida you will need to talk to a licensed attorney in Florida to establish a guardianship and then you would be able to bring the child here. But without that in place I would be cautious.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense for Oklahoma on
Q: If i am parked at a stop sign waiting to turn left then switch my blinker to right due to heavy traffic can i turn right

I was at a stop sign, in the middle of the driveway, leaving a private drive with no designated turning lanes when i switched my blinker to turn the opposite direction due to heavy traffic. While waiting to turn another vehicle came from behind up on right hand side of my vehicle in blind spot.... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 30, 2021

This is one for the insurance companies to fight out but if you turned into them and they were sitting still then most likely you will be responsible party because you are responsible for your car in movement and making sure to clear obstacles.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Next of Kin laws/probate

My aunt was adopted by my biological grandfather before I was even born. We never believed less than blood relation. In her passing, she has family disputing my relationship; "step" is what they're saying. She may have had a will, but that family has taken several documents from her... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 30, 2021

You need to contact an estate/probate attorney as soon as feasible. It may have already been placed into probate or it may not have been. It just depends how aggressive they are and if they have an aggressive attorney. You need someone that can put some time in this since you are out of state. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Oklahoma on
Q: The statutes listed on my citation are incorrect, and the fines for speeding I CAN find (title 47s) are 100$ less

They are listed as title 15 violations, (speeding and not carrying DL) my understanding is I can present my valid DL and have that dismissed, but the speeding one is also 100$ more than the statute lists. Can I get it reduced?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 30, 2021

Depends if it was a municipal, county or state. Municpalities can set their own fee schedules. Additionally if it were in construction zone, school zone or other contributing factors then the fee could be higher as well. You can try to get it lowered but chances are it will cost more to get it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Tax Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a law or statute that applies to hotels/motel stays and rates after 30 days in regards to taxes ect?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 30, 2021

In essence the answer is no, but the Oklahoma Administrative Code 710:65-19-143 does spell it out a little.

Hotels, motels, apartments, etc.

(a) The gross receipts from the furnishing of rooms, except meeting rooms, by a hotel, apartment-hotel, cottage camp, or lodging house...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I file emergency injunction against ex who has primary custody to prevent him enrolling child in military school?

My ex husband is neglectful and abusive to our daughter and he's alienated me from my daughter for years. I had no money to get an attorney to enforce the order. Now I an trying to either enter pro se or possibly get an OAR attorney which is done on the sliding scale. I have reported to dHs... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 22, 2021

While I can respect your position you need to contact an attorney to assist you with this because this is not something you want to try to do alone. If money is an issue then you may want to contact free legal aid and see if they can help first, but they have a busy workload. Short of that just... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: Is my marriage invalid if my husband find out he never got a divorce from his first wife?

He went to court to file for a divorce from her and he has gotten remarried.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 21, 2021

In Oklahoma you can only have one valid marriage ((even if it is a non-ceremonial one — aka common law)). Therefore if a person is married they cannot legally marry another person and it be considered as valid this the marriage that took place while he was already married is null and void. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: 2014 Oklahoma Statutes Title 21. Crimes and Punishments §21-642. Battery defined

Has this changed?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 20, 2021

A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: Bought a house from heritage housing in Oklahoma City. Signed all the paperwork and put down $2500 about three month ago

Got notified today a week before delivery price had gone up $7000. Can they do that? After I’ve already signed and paid a deposit?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 20, 2021

You should contact an attorney who can review your contract and paperwork to determine if they have that ability or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I own a gun if my husband is a felon?

I am not a felon, my husband is. Can I own a gun? I would store it in a safe that only I have access to.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 13, 2021

Technically - yes you can, so long as you store in such a manner he cannot have access to it. Be very careful in what he has access to since if he is found with access to it then he could be charged with possession after former conviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What info can one use to prove common law marrige in oklahoma?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 13, 2021

Proving common law is a fact-finding adventure and you should consult with a family law attorney to assist you. While it may seem very easy it in fact can be challenging to prove.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Elder Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Re: guardianship of my mom. My siblings were adopted out of the family. Do I need to serve official notice to my them?

I am the only one of my mom's children who wasn't legally adopted. I'm wondering if I should go through the process of paying a sheriff/process server to deliver the notice of guardianship petition.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 9, 2021

Since an adopted child still receives a childs portion of the estate of biological parents, I would send them notice in this matter as well. However, you can send it via certified mail and this is cost less than the sheriff/process server.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Oklahoma on
Q: In Oklahoma, if I’m wearing my seatbelt but have the shoulder strap behind me. Can I be written a ticket?

I was written a ticket for improperly wearing my seat belt because the shoulder strap was behind me and not going across my chest. If this is a legitimate violation can some please point me to the state statute on the violation.

If there was a malfunction with the shoulder strap, as it... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Nov 22, 2021

Yes you can be written a ticket for that.

47 O.S.§12-417

A. 1. Every operator and front seat passenger of a Class A commercial motor vehicle, Class B commercial motor vehicle, Class C commercial motor vehicle or a passenger vehicle operated in this state shall wear a properly...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My spouse and I still currently live together and he filed a petition for dissolution of marriage without a summons

With notice. Can I file my own petition as the petitioner since I haven’t been served or signed a wavier?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Nov 13, 2021

Just because you haven’t been served does not invalidate the petition. However, since you have not been served properly your time does not start for your response. You should contact an attorney to help you file a response with counter-petition and thus indirectly you are filing your own... Read more »

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