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Dealing with Children in Divorce

Anger, depression, grief, insecurity, and confusion are big emotions. Divorce is an emotional time for all parties involved but often none more so than the children. It is important to remember that children don’t respond to these emotions in the same way as adults do. They may lash out or completely withdraw from you. They may develop a fear of abandonment and sleep patterns or eating habits could change. Keeping these things in mind during your divorce and acting appropriately in response to them will help your children cope.

Explain
Talk to your kids and explain what is going on and why. Obviously the age of the child should factor into the content of your discussions but allowing them to know what is going on and the process they should expect will help to lessen the stress of divorce.

Be attentive
While you are no doubt going through your own emotions and stresses with your divorce, it is equally important to be attentive to your children and note their behavior. Often times, teens will act indifferently but this can be a representation of being confused or angry.

Be available
Both spouses being available to the kids will go a long way to help with any insecurities. They should know they can talk to you about what they are feeling or any questions or concerns they are having about their future.

Seek out professional assistance
Counseling can be an enormous benefit in helping kids cope with the emotions and stress of a divorce.

The attorneys at Brown and Gould, PLLC in Oklahoma City are available to answer your questions and represent you. Please contact us by telephone at (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.
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Oklahoma City Appellate Attorneys

Brown & Gould, PLLC handles appeals. If you believe your case was decided incorrectly, please contact our experienced attorneys for assistance. Please call our office at (405) 235-4500 or go to our website located at www.browngouldlaw.com.
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Civil Litigation Attorneys

Brown & Gould, PLLC handles all forms of civil litigation from insurance disputes, business disputes, divorce, commercial litigation, breach of contract and much more. If you find yourself in need of legal services, contact the experienced attorneys at Brown & Gould, PLLC for assistance. Please call (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com. 
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Oklahoma Family Law Attorney

Brown & Gould, PLLC handles all forms of family law cases including divorce, child custody, child support, support alimony, paternity, relocation, and more. Whether you are in need of an initial divorce or whether you seek to modify an existing divorce decree, the experienced attorneys at Brown & Gould, PLLC can assist you. For assistance, please call (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com. 

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Oklahoma City Divorce Attorneys

Brown & Gould, PLLC handles all forms of family law cases including divorce, child custody, child support, support alimony, paternity, relocation, and more. Whether you are in need of an initial divorce or whether you seek to modify an existing divorce decree, the experienced attorneys at Brown & Gould, PLLC can assist you. For assistance, please call (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.
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Oklahoma City Breach of Contract Attorneys

Do You Have a Contract?

The first step to determining whether you can sue another person or business for breach of contract is to analyze whether you had a valid contract to begin with. A contract is an oral or written mutual agreement to do or not do a specific thing based on sufficient consideration. To create a contract, there must be an offer and acceptance of that offer between competent individuals. For instance, an accounting firm may offer to prepare your taxes for your business at a certain price and you may accept. Or, you may offer to sell a person five handmade widgets for $500 and that person may accept. It is important to note that for a contract to be valid, both you and the other party must agree to all of the exact terms of this relationship including when payment is due and when and how the services or products are to be provided.

Consideration is the promise to do or not do something in exchange for something else from the other party. For the accounting firm, you will pay money for its professional services. For the widget sale, you promise to create your handmade goods in exchange for payment by the customer. Consideration does not have be a payment though; it can also be another good or service.

Most business contracts are in writing, though Oklahoma law does allow for oral contracts. For a written contract to be valid, it should be signed and dated by all of the interested parties.

If you have questions regarding a potential claim for breach of contract, call the experienced attorneys at Brown & Gould, PLLC to help you at (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.



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What is Legal Versus Physical Custody in an Oklahoma Divorce?

Legal custody essentially boils down to the ability to make decisions for the child.  So, for example, parents awarded joint legal custody are allowed to work together to make decisions affecting the best interests of the child such as educational decisions, medical decisions, etc., while sole custody means one parent makes these decisions without input from the other parent.  On the other hand, physical custody means the parent who provides care for a child on a daily basis. Therefore, a court will oftentimes award “primary physical custody” to one parent, who shall provide the care from day to day, and “visitation” to the other parent, who shall be allowed to exercise days of visitation. For complete information call Brown & Gould, PLLC at 405-235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.
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Is My Business Marital Property Under Oklahoma Divorce Laws?

There are many instances wherein one or both parties own a business.  If the business was created during the marriage or increased in value during the marriage due to marital effort, then all or a portion of the business may be considered marital property that is subject to valuation and division by the Court.  If you and/or your spouse own a business and you are divorcing, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel to discuss the applicable law. For complete information call Brown & Gould, PLLC at 405-235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.
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Signs of Substandard Care in Oklahoma Nursing Homes: Bedsores

Bedsores, often referred to as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are a sign that your loved one may be receiving negligent or substandard care in an Oklahoma nursing home.  They occur most commonly where the skin is under constant pressure.  For instance, Oklahoma nursing home residents who are bedridden can develop bedsores on their heels and on their tail bones where the skin is in constant contact with the bed.  Nursing home residents can also develop bedsores on their hips, backs, elbows, and ankles.
In most instances, bedsores are preventable if the nursing home staff is attentive.  Oklahoma nursing home residents should be assessed regularly for any signs of skin breakdown, and if any is discovered, the nurses should notify the nursing home’s medical director to address the skin breakdown.  Certain conditions like diabetes place some nursing home residents at higher risk of developing bedsores.  The nursing home staff should create a plan that specifically addresses how each high-risk patient should be cared for individually. 
Placing your loved one in an Oklahoma nursing home is a difficult experience that can become a nightmare if the nursing home does not properly care for your loved one.  Bedsores are painful and slow to heal once they develop.  In extreme cases, bedsores can lead to amputations and even death.  If you suspect that your loved one is receiving negligent or substandard care in an Oklahoma nursing home, contact Brown & Gould, pllc.  Our lawyers are experienced advocates for Oklahoma nursing home residents.  For complete information or to discuss your case with our attorneys, call Brown & Gould, pllc at (405) 235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.    
    
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Oklahoma Civil Appeals: I went to trial and I think the Court made the wrong decision. What can I do?

Oklahoma Judges, whether appointed or elected, are charged with justly and lawfully adjudicating the various controversies that we bring before them as parties to a lawsuit. Generally, the District Courts of Oklahoma have wide discretion in determining controversies. As counsel, it is our job to bring to light the relevant case law and applicable statutes that govern your specific dispute at trial. However, not unlike any other career-field, the Courts at the trial court level sometimes make the wrong decision as do the attorneys who represent the party-litigants. What can you do? Are you without any recourse to seek the justice you deserve? Are you stuck with the improper ruling that you received from the trial court? The short answer is, “No.” In many circumstances, you can appeal your case. If the circumstances are present, you can take your case to the appellate court level and raise the issue that was wrongfully relied upon at your trial. To be clear, the fact that you did not like the ruling you received at your trial or are simply unhappy with the Judge’s determination does not mean that you would be successful on an appeal. In other words, an appeal is not merely “a second bite at the apple.” Instead, there must be legal error by the Court that entered your ruling. The deadlines and formalities of an appeal to the Oklahoma Civil Court of Appeals are strictly enforced and any delay can strip you of your right to an appeal altogether. The attorneys at Brown & Gould are experienced in filing and prosecuting appeals. For complete information call the attorneys at Brown & Gould, PLLC at 405-235-4500 or visit our website at www.browngouldlaw.com.
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