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The Court shall enter its decree confirming in each spouse the property owned by him or her before marriage and the undisposed of property acquired after marriage by him or her in his or her own right.

In any action or proceeding in which a court must determine custody or limits to or periods of visitation, the child may express a preference as to which of the parents the child wishes to have custody or limits to or periods of visitation.

Parents have a fundamental constitutional right to have the care, custody and control of their child, unless or until they violate basic civic expectations or norms or put their child in harm’s way.

Title 43 O.S. §109, inter alia, defines joint custody and sets the conditions under which a court may grant, modify and terminate joint custody. It also mandates the manner in which the court must decide custody when it abrogates a joint custody plan.

Athena N. Hart (Mother), appeals the April 25, 2011, order of the district court denying her request to relocate her minor child and denying her motion to reconsider that order. We find that the district court erred in denying Mother’s motion to reconsider and reverse that order. 

Default judgments, although not favored by the law , are regularly employed by Courts to resolve cases and remove them from the Court’s dockets. A judges’ performance is often, at least in part, rated on how many cases the court removed from the docket, by trial, disposition or dismissal.

The laws regarding divorces in Oklahoma apply uniformly throughout the state, but the procedures used change from county to county.

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