Petition - A formal request made through the court that starts a legal case.
Petitioner - The person who started the case, typically using a petition.
Respondent - The person to whom the petitioner is asking for something.
Party - A person who is part of a court case like a divorce.
Temporary Order - A decision made between the parties or the judge about issues within the marriage. This order will be overwritten when the case concludes with a final order.
Final Order - A decision made between the parties or judge about all issues brought up in the divorce. This order is enforceable through the court and will remain in place until changed by a judge in court.
Service - Officially providing the paperwork starting a legal case to the other party.
Entry of Appearance and Waiver - A document signed by the Respondent agreeing to accept service and the terms of the potential final order.
90 Day Period - Divorces with children must wait 90 days from the date of filing the petition to finish with a final order.
Modification - Opening the case again after the final order has been filed. Must meet certain criteria to reopen a case.
Parenting Class - A specific child custody class required by Oklahoma law for divorcing parties.