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Divorces Involving Minor Children After November 1, 2014

Beginning November 1, 2014, 43 O.S. 107.2, was amended to include a requirement that any “actions for divorce based upon incompatibility filed on or after November 1, 2014, where the interest of a child under eighteen (18) years of age is involved, the adult parties shall attend, either separately or together, an educational program concerning… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Elected ABA State Delegate

In the 2014 Contested State Delegate Elections,  M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. was elected ABA State Delegate for a three-year term effective at the conclusion of the 2014 Boston Annual Meeting. The State Delegate chairs the twelve member Oklahoma Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates and serves on the Nominating Committee of the ABA.

I’ve Been Appointed Guardian, Now What?

If you’ve been appointed guardian over a relative or other loved one, or you think that it may happen soon, please be aware that being appointed as a guardian brings with it many responsibilities and duties. The precise nature of your duties as guardian will be determined by the Judge and by Oklahoma law. You… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Receives Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award

On June 28, 2013, M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., was chosen by the Oklahoma County Bar Association as the recipient of the 2013 Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award. The Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award is awarded for sustained and effective leadership in the Oklahoma County Bar Association, distinguished by stewardship and professionalism reflecting the highest values… Read More »

Questions About Oklahoma Covenant Marriage Bill

THE FOLLOWING IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF THE CROSTHWAIT LAW FIRM, ITS ATTORNEYS, OR ITS STAFF, REGARDING  THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION. The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 105, which would legalize “covenant marriage” in Oklahoma. The Bill’s proponent, Senator Josh Brecheen (R-Coalgate), cites… Read More »

For Love or Money: When Is Influence Due and Undue?

Lawsuits challenging the validity of wills and trusts based on undue influence have become increasingly more common. In many, if not most cases, the persons alleged to be exerting the influence are family members or trusted others who use their position to unduly influence the elder for their own greed or financial gain. In a… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. to Join Professional Responsibility Tribunal

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., has been chosen to serve on the Professional Responsibility Tribunal of the Oklahoma Bar Association. The Professional Responsibility Tribunal is a panel of Masters whose function is to conduct hearings on formal complaints filed against lawyers and on applications for reinstatement to the practice of law in the State of Oklahoma. You… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Elected to Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Board of Directors

On June 22, 2012, M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., a long time volunteer for the organization, was overwhelmingly recommended for immediate election to the 2012 Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Board of Directors. Oklahoma Lawyers for Children is the only 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in Oklahoma dedicated to providing legal services to abused, neglected and deprived children in Oklahoma County…. Read More »

Where Can I Go to Calculate Child Support in Oklahoma?

Generally speaking, child support in Oklahoma is calculated based upon the gross income of the parents of the children. There are many sources of income that can be included in the gross income, including what is called “Earned Income” and “Passive Income”. The Oklahoma legislature has defined both “Earned” and “Passive” Income in the statutes… Read More »

What Does It Take to Be a Guardian in Oklahoma?

The Oklahoma Administrative Office of the Courts has provided the following excellent resource, free of charge: A Handbook for Guardians (click link to download). This handbook provides general information about the laws and procedures concerning guardianship and conservatorships. Guardians have many duties, and this handbook sets them out in plain, easy-to-understand language. Before or after reviewing… Read More »