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Oklahoma City

Divorce isn’t something you plan for. When it happens, you’re suddenly faced decisions that will affect your finances for the rest of your life and could even impact the relationship you have with your kids.

During this critical time, you need a partner you know you can count on to guide you through the process. Our Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, attorneys are advisors and advocates for men before, during and after divorce.

We’re here to champion your rights and the rights of your children and provide you with the legal support you need both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Our Oklahoma City attorneys can handle an array of family law matters from uncontested divorce to complex asset division.

We will work with you to establish goals you want to achieve in court and help you as you transition to the next chapter of your life.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Cordell & Cordell was founded in 1990 by Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, to help men level the playing field in family law.

Since then the firm has grown to one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world with more than 100 offices across the United States. In May 2015, the firm expanded internationally by opening its first office in the United Kingdom.

At Cordell & Cordell, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce.

Client Testimonials


“Erica did a really good job for me! Erica is very astute and stays on top of things. She is always well prepared and aggressive when she needs to be.”


“Melinda managed the case well. She got to know me; she knew the court and the opposing attorney. She was always well prepared. I feel she gave me good advice and cared about the result. Hearing from others who have gone through a divorce and seeing what my now ex-wife endured with her attorney made me appreciate Melinda and the well-defined processes (billing, communication) and support information ( that Cordell & Cordell provided me during and after my divorce.”


“The communication is exceptional and she has told me several times she is praying for me. It is great to know she is always in my corner fighting for me.”

Frequently Asked Oklahoma City Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Oklahoma City before I can file for divorce?

You or your spouse must live in the county for at least 30 days prior to filing for a divorce/dissolution of marriage.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in Oklahoma City before a divorce can be granted?

There are mandatory waiting periods from the date the Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage Petition is filed before it can be granted.

If there are no minor children involved there is a mandatory waiting period of 10 days.

If there are minor children the waiting period is 90 days, which can be waived upon agreement of the parties and a showing that the waiver is in the best interest of the minor child(ren).

How can I serve my spouse in Oklahoma City? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

You can serve your spouse in a number of ways:

1) via certified mail, restricted to the recipient;
2) by process server (recommended); or
3) by sheriff.

If you are unable to serve your spouse by any of the means above, you may serve process by publishing notice. If you must serve by publication, we recommend The Journal Record as the publication of choice.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Oklahoma City?

In order to properly file for divorce you will need a Petition setting out the request for divorce/dissolution of marriage and the grounds for the request (i.e. adultery or irreconcilable differences), as well as a Summons and a Notice of Automatic Temporary Injunction.

Most courts in Oklahoma City will require a Civil Cover Sheet be filled out and filed as well.

Where do I need to file for divorce in Oklahoma City?

You will always file for divorce/dissolution of marriage in the county or district court for the county in which you live.

In Oklahoma County, the District Court is located at 320 Robert S. Kerr Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City.

For other locations, please consult the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network website.

How much are divorce filing fees in Oklahoma City?

To file for a divorce/dissolution of marriage, and pay to have the Summons issued, the filing fees will be $181 if you do not have an attorney representing you. The filing fee increases by $10 if an attorney represents you.

Are there any Oklahoma City-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

Yes. Many counties have different rules and procedures for handling divorce/dissolution of marriage actions.

It is important to consult the Rules for the Oklahoma District Courts and the Local Rules of each district prior to filing for a divorce/dissolution of marriage.