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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: Does Oklahoma have jurisdiction over Arkansas when it comes to filing for a divorce that took place in Arkansas?

I got married in Arkansas on 8/13/2020 in Fort Smith Arkansas. The next following month I filed for an annulment in Wagoner, Oklahoma but my husband decided to challenge the Arkansas law and state that we are not married despite the license being filed in Arkansas and signed by a minister. The... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on May 6, 2021

You should read previous answers with which I agree. See a competent family law attorney, in your county.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it legal to place a tracking/recording device in my wifes vehicle if i own the vehicle?

In the process of getting a divorce and my wife has been doing things against court orders, while in possession of our children, that i see as being potentially harmful to there wellbeing. I cant legally protect them without evidence and this is the only way i can see to obtain any. Thank you for... Read more »

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Gary Johnston Dean answered on Apr 28, 2021

No, as long as the recording part doesn't record voice. Hire a good family law attorney to help you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: What are the chances of a person facing criminal charges due to bigamy
Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 29, 2021

Very few bigamy cases are filed in Oklahoma, but this is not to say the DA will not file in your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Oklahoma on
Q: If a protective order has been vacated, but you had several protective order violation counts, do they vacate aswell?

Or do the charges remain active. I can make my case on that she lied about the protective order thats why she petitioned to vacate.

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 28, 2021

Dismissal of the protective order does NOT dismiss pending criminal charges. You should retain an experienced criminal law attorney to represent you in that case.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: We had a hearing for our Ex Parte Custody Order & the Defendant didn't show, the Judge extended it Whats our next step

We don't know if we need to petition something again or have him served with the new court orders?

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 20, 2021

From your question I can't tell enough about the status of your case. You should retain an experienced family law attorney to help you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Collections for Oklahoma on
Q: I separated from my ex husband years ago but left the electric bill in my name am i still responsible for it?

hes passed away and left me with about $600 in passed due bills

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 10, 2021

You are still responsible to the utility company. If you ever file for divorce, remember to ask to be reimbursed for any amount that you paid.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Does Oklahoma mandate marital counseling before divorcing with kids? I already took the class for divorcing parents.
Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 7, 2021

No counseling is required, only the parenting class.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Where to get free forms for motion for contempt of court . And motion to enforce visitation
Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Feb 24, 2021

There are no public forms for this. We suggest that you contact a lawyer for help with this issue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: My exes lives in Mustang Ok. I’m in Tn. Having his 43k back support reduced to a judgement to be collected in ok

My ex has not paid CS in 13 years, not because he can’t pay it, he just simply won’t. Not only has he successfully avoided garnished wages, he has successfuly avoided any kind of cosequence for not paying. He’s not going to pay a judgement either . He just won’t,he has not come to see his... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Feb 24, 2019

He can be charged in Oklahoma with a felony (prison time) when delinquency is over $5000. See your local state child support agency to refer to Oklahoma for help. Also, you can try to hire an experienced family law attorney in the county where he lives to assist in trying to get felony charges... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: If a father voluntarily signs his rights over does he still pay child support in the state of oklahoma?
Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Dec 12, 2018

Yes , until such time as the child is adopted by another person.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: If a mother with sole custody gives me p.o.t. of her children. Can their biological father take them?

She has sole custody and lives in the next town, he lives in another state and has no granted visitation or custody She is mentally unstable to have them and signed p.o.t to me and now he wants to come and get them and take them with him. Can he

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Nov 28, 2018

No under the facts you have given, without first going to court. You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in your area to help you obtain legal custody as their Guardian.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: If my parental rights were terminated will Tulsa Oklahoma take my future children I give birth to?

My rights were taken due to domestic violence and marijuana. Marijuana is legal now and I'm no longer with my abusor nor am I pregnant by him. That was a problem with the state because I maintained a relationship and kept having my abusor children

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Nov 28, 2018

From the details you gave in your question, it appears that you have eliminated the reason for termination of your rights. But PLEASE Don't have a child until you are in a long term stable relationship, and are married, and no longer use marijuana without a very good medical reason, and a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: We have guardianship of my wife's grandson what are the laws in Michigan as far as our rights and guardianship if we

Move there from Oklahoma

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Oct 26, 2018

You will need permission from the Oklahoma court to move. Ask about Michigan State law in that state forum, or Google for info ℹ.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: My boyfriend left his marriage 11 years ago. How can he file for divorce?

He left due to her alcoholism and abuse, he made an attempt to send her last known address the papers for the divorce with no response after 3 months, and he is honestly very nervous about having any actual contact with her. How can he file for divorce without her and is the 6 months living alone... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Sep 27, 2018

He must serve her with notice of filing of the divorce. If he knows where she is, it would be best to hire a private process server to serve her. If he can't locate her, she can be served with notice by publication, and should get a lawyer to help make sure it's done right. You can... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My sister was Caretaker for our Mom and stole $21000 from her retirement acct and spent it on Oxy (#600). What can I do?

She also was supposed to use her SSI to pay bills, and didn't pay any, but the money is gone, Losing the house, car, maxed out all CC's, a d defaulted a $11000 loan. And continues to spend Moms check to fund her lifestyle. She is bankrupt left with only her SS Check to live on.

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Sep 27, 2018

There is a very good reason you MUST seek to have criminal charges filed against her not covered by other answers. If it becomes necessary for mom to be placed in a nursing home when she is out of funds and seeks Medicaid, the other family members may be required to pay the stolen money back into... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My mom just passed away in Oklahoma, no will, just her name on all of her bank accounts, which she has money in

We are planning the funeral, trying to pay her bills and rent but cant, we are not on account, can we use her back debit card and then how do we settle with the bank on the remaining money

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Sep 12, 2018

A lot depends on how much money is in the accounts. The bank

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My husband and I were given a family friends 9 year old little boy Oct 2017 to live with us permanently and raise with

the option to be guardians or adopt. His great grandmother is his adoptive mother at this time, she is 73. He has been in my life since he was weeks old on a constant basis. I married in April 2017. When xxxx's daddy passed away, he was 3. He began receiving survivor benefits. Since living... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Sep 12, 2018

I agree you should see an attorney ASAP. However, I question bio mother having any visitation rights, since her rights would have terminated when grandma adopted him.

Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Court ordered supervised visits for 2 hours every other Sunday.

Does she have to stay the entire 2 hours?? Some how my ex-husband or his wife are the supervisors for the visits 8nstead of a third party. Have no money for a lawyer.

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Aug 5, 2018

No, she does not have to stay the entire 2 hours. If she wants to cut it short, it's up to her.

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