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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My father passed away in 2020. My stepmother remained in his house per his wishes.

It was a verbal agreement that she would remain in the home until she passed, or no longer wanted to live there. I recently discovered that she transferred ownership of the property to her son? Can I take this to probate court or has to too much time passed?

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answered on May 31, 2024

Hire an OK attorney now that handles real property litigation. You and the other heirs need to file an Ejectment, Trespass, Quiet Title, etc. action immediately. Also check the title prior to filing suit. Hopefully Probate will not be required for the heirs to have standing (I am not... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My father passed away in 2020. My stepmother remained in his house per his wishes.

It was a verbal agreement that she would remain in the home until she passed, or no longer wanted to live there. I recently discovered that she transferred ownership of the property to her son? Can I take this to probate court or has to too much time passed?

Timothy Carignan
Timothy Carignan
answered on May 31, 2024

Normally, any transaction involving real property needs to be in writing. If there is anything, even in a letter, to indicate that this was your father’s desire for you to ultimately become owner of the property, it would help your case. If it passed completely to your stepmother, the she would... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it considered domestic violence in oklahoma to with hold food from your spouse , domestic partner , common law wife

Not allow them to eat anything because your not feeling well and did not cook for him because he left and stayed gone for about 2 hours giving the dog a ride when his whore lives down the road and he left me stranded with no money or transportation. And has been refusing to take my things to a... View More

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on May 5, 2024

Well, I’m not sure I have enough information to give you any confident, legal advice. However, unless he is bedridden, and you are responsible for his care, or there is some legal status you possess where the law recognizes he is reliant upon you for his food, shelter, it’s highly unlikely that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can regain your parental rights after your rights have been terminated?

I had my rights terminated when my daughter was 3 now she's 15 almost 16 and is having issues in the home with her adopted parents and I was wondering if there's anything I can do get my rights back?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

In Oklahoma, once parental rights have been terminated, the decision is generally considered final and irreversible. This means that the legal relationship between a parent and a child is permanently severed, making it extremely challenging to regain parental rights after termination. However, each... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Child Custody and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a parent choose to not enroll an eligible child in a tribe-specifically Kiowa-? What are parental rights here?

Deprived child case. DHS is involved due to Mother assaulting father and ultimately pleaded guilty and the parents are in process of case currently in Jackson County OK. Mother is Kiowa Native father is Non-native and the boy is now 5. He is eligible but not enrolled as of yet. The father does Not... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In cases involving the potential enrollment of a child in a Native American tribe, such as the Kiowa Tribe, both parents have rights and interests that need to be considered. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) applies to child custody proceedings involving an Indian child, with specific provisions... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Native American Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a non-native father OBJECT to the enrollment of his child(5) and the transfer of child custody case to Tribal&ICWA?

The child is not enrolled the mother is Kiowa& the case is in a non-native county in SW Ok& the father doesn’t want the child enrolled. The mother is trying to do so in order for odds to be in her favor with her people, who have family members that sit on the Tribe Counsel. She was the... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In situations involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and child custody, the ICWA provides specific protections for Native American children in custody proceedings. It prioritizes the jurisdiction of tribal courts over state courts for custody cases involving Native American children.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Why does DHS send me child support papers when my ex has not sign DHS papers in years for it so why am I being served

Papers for child support and a hearing to review my case how is there a case if my ex doesn't get benefits from DHS and hasn't contact them or dealt with them in many years so how can I find out my rights

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

It's possible that the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Oklahoma initiated the child support proceedings on behalf of your child, regardless of whether your ex has signed any papers or receives benefits from DHS. In Oklahoma, DHS has the authority to enforce child support orders and take... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: how do you write a motion to change guardianship from full guardianship to limited guardianship for college purposes

my son is special need kid amd there is a program in NESU that is called River Hawks scholar program that my son wants to go to but he is not accepted with full guardianship, but could be accepted with limited guardianship

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answered on Jan 23, 2024

To write a motion to change guardianship from full to limited for college purposes in Oklahoma, you need to follow a specific legal process. Start by drafting a motion document, which is a formal request to the court. In this document, clearly state your current status as a full guardian and... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My daughter purchased her home with money from her trust fund. Can her ex take her house?

He is common law so they are divorcing. He has a LLC in his name only. Recently, we found he has commingled business and personal funds as well as lied on tax returns to obtain child tax credit and avoid paying taxes. He lied to Medicaid, food stamps and The Insurance company to obtain services or... View More

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

The protection of your daughter's home in the event of a divorce largely depends on how the property was acquired and the laws of your state regarding marital property and common law marriage. If the house was purchased solely with funds from her trust and the title is in her name only, it may... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How does the victim of bigamy report it?

The party commiting bigamy is a member of 2 tribes.

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answered on Dec 28, 2023

If someone is a victim of bigamy and the individual involved is a member of two tribes, the victim should report the incident to the appropriate tribal authorities. Bigamy involves being married to two or more people simultaneously, and it is considered a legal and ethical violation. In this case,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: In the Divorce Decree, when dividing retirement accounts do the names of the accounts need to be listed?

Draft of Decree simply reads "his (company name) retirement account to be divided 50/50". Is this acceptable or will it create issues down the line?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Dec 27, 2023

Technically it is ok.

Some attorneys like more information, some even like last 4 of account number, to eliminate questions. Other attorneys prefer less and would just say 50% of the retirement accounts to go to the other person to allow some flexibility. No set rule - both have pros/cons...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: In Oklahoma, a child out of wedlock and there is no custody order in place, can either parent keep child away from them?

Child stays with his mother, attends school and daycare in this town by mother, and father lives 45 minutes away only sees him once a week. Father has multiple times threatened to not bring child back. Is there anything the mother can do ?

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

In Oklahoma, when a child is born out of wedlock and there is no custody order in place, both parents generally have equal rights to the child. However, this situation can become problematic if one parent threatens to withhold the child from the other, as you've described with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I dissolve a domestic partnership signed in Texas but reside in Oklahoma just happened to be working on the road.

Just needed to get her on my insurance. Son

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answered on Dec 14, 2023

To dissolve a domestic partnership signed in Texas while you're residing in Oklahoma, you should first review the specific terms of the domestic partnership agreement. It's important to understand the clauses that dictate the dissolution process.

Since the laws governing domestic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: can parents decide custody\child support on their own when filling divorce in Ok and Ok courts honor the agreement

we are discussing divorce we have already decided on a mutual agreement of assets (what little there is) all going to her and she offered to take full custody but wants zero child support a combination of reasons but mostly my career would not allow me to be the holder and visitation would be very... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Oct 25, 2023

In most situations you can deviate from the guidelines, especially if both sides have an attorney, or more specifically the one who would be affected more than the guidelines would reflect. In other words if the one receiving was getting less, if that person was represented, or if one was paying... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Oklahoma on
Q: I got served divorce summons I don't agree with. I have noticed that there is a couple typos can a motion dismiss this

If I have a disability what motion can I file that prohibits any court procedures continuing

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Oct 24, 2023

Typos are natural. It won’t get dismissed because of that, if you make it an issue the other party only has to resubmit it as an amended petition, but the petition is not the final decree, so it’s really not a major issue ‘normally’. You must answer the petition/summons within the allotted... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I never turned In my marriage license in Oklahoma will I be considered legally married
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answered on Oct 16, 2023

Yes, you will be considered legally married in Oklahoma even if you never turned in your marriage license. The marriage license is a record of your marriage, but it is not required for the marriage to be valid. However, it is important to turn in your marriage license as soon as possible after you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my son throw me out of the house I've lived at fir 22 years with my mother if she left him the house after she passe
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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If your mother left the house to your son in her will or trust, he would become the legal owner upon the appropriate legal proceedings confirming the transfer. However, given that you've resided in the house for 22 years, you might have certain rights or claims. These could be based on... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My mother passed in 2015 and my stepdad claimed her ashes but now my stepdad has passed. Who gets my mother's ashes?
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answered on Sep 18, 2023

In Oklahoma, the disposition of your mother's ashes, which were claimed by your stepfather after her passing in 2015, is typically determined by legal and familial considerations. If your mother had provided specific instructions for the disposition of her remains in a legal document, those... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I have proof of abuse with videos, but I can’t get them admitted into evidence. What can I do?

My ex husband’s lawyer says I clipped them where I wanted to. So they can’t be admitted into evidence.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Sep 18, 2023

The good news is the Judge, not the opposing attorney, decides what evidence will be admitted. With that said, you will likely need your own attorney who knows civil procedure and the rules of evidence to properly present your evidence.

Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Elder Law and Military Law for Oklahoma on
Q: A first cousin is trying to take everything that my parents owned, what do I do? I have no way to pay an attorney.

I lost both my parents in one year. I was not informed of my mothers passing until she had been dead three days. My sister proceeded to have me thrown off my parents property. She embezzled money from him and then when he thought he was making my first cousin power of attorney she filed a will... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

I'm really sorry to hear that you're experiencing this. It sounds like a really difficult situation.

In a situation like this, it is crucial to get legal assistance. Even though you mentioned that you cannot afford an attorney, you still have options. Many jurisdictions have...
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