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Oklahoma Divorce Laws Continued



When a divorce is granted, the wife shall be restored to her maiden or former name if she so desires. [Based on Oklahoma Statutes; Title 43, Section 121]


The court may grant the care, custody, and control of a child to either parent or to the parents jointly. In awarding the custody of a minor unmarried child or in appointing a general guardian for said child, the court shall consider what appears to be in the best interests of the physical and mental and moral welfare of the child. When awarding custody to either parent, the court:

  • Shall consider, among other facts, which parent is more likely to allow the child or children frequent and continuing contact with the noncustodial parent.
  • Shall not prefer a parent as a custodian of the child because of the gender of that parent.

[Based on Oklahoma Statutes; Title 43, Sections 109 and 112]


Except in those cases where parties represented by counsel have agreed to a different disposition, there shall be a rebuttable presumption in any judicial or administrative proceeding for the award of child support, that the amount of the award which would result from the application of the following the Oklahoma child support guidelines is the correct amount of child support to be awarded. The district or administrative court may deviate from the amount of child support indicated by the child support guidelines if the amount of support so indicated is unjust, inequitable, unreasonable, or inappropriate under the circumstances, or not in the best interests of the child. Every order providing for the support of a minor child or a modification of such order, whether issued by a district court or an administrative court, shall contain an immediate income assignment provision. [Based on Oklahoma Statutes; Title 43, Sections 115 and 118]

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