Divorce in Oklahoma; An Update

A bill signed June 4, 2014 by Gov. Mary Fallin will require married couples (after Nov. 1) with children under the age of 18 who are seeking a divorce based on the ground of incompatibility to pay for and attend an educational program. The divorcing spouses will be permitted to attend the classes separately or together.

The class will discuss the impact divorce has on a child’s well-being, will discuss reconciliation as an option, the effects of family violence, potential child behaviors and emotional states and how to respond, among other things in this theme.

The fee for the class will be between $15 and no more than $60.

The law does allow the judge to waive completion if good cause is shown why the parties (or party) can’t attend.

laura.wardrip.tulsa.family.law.attorneyLaura Nichelle Wardrip is a Tulsa divorce lawyer with the Jeff Krigel Law Firm, PLLC. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Through her academic career, she has focused her education on issues related to the family, such issues as domestic violence, mental disorders, and helping bring people together by finding a common ground. As an attorney licensed in Oklahoma and a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Ms. Wardrip’s primary area of practice is that of family law, which includes such actions as divorce, paternity, child support, guardianships, and adoptions. Her broad experience in the area of family law includes having practiced in Tulsa County, Wagoner County, Muskogee County, Washington County, Pawnee County, Osage County, Okmulgee County, and Creek County. Ms. Wardrip is diligent in professionally handling cases in an informative and personal manner. She is dedicated to the client’s needs and is an advocate for the client’s goals. It is important to work with the client to find the best results for each client. A strong commitment to the community has been a driving force for Ms. Wardrip as she is a frequent volunteer with organizations working to help the homeless in the Tulsa area including Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless and Iron Gate.