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Family Law/Guardianship/Adoption


I have had the opportunity to work with the Domestic Violence Shelter in several ways. When the agency was getting started, I served on its Board of Directors and as vice president from 1978–1981. Currently, I assist the Domestic Violence Agency by providing pro bono legal assistance to individuals who are in a shelter and have no other means by which to obtain legal counsel.
My current practice consists of cases in the area of family law, which includes not only divorce and custody matters but also child support, property division and debt division cases.
divorce law services
During the past 22 years, I have conducted numerous domestic mediations. I became certified to handle civil and domestic mediations and meet the statutory requirements to qualify for the Tulsa District Court’s directory as an active mediator and arbitrator. I have also received the necessary training to handle high conflict mediations and have received my certification in interdisciplinary collaborative divorce.
I also participate in the Alternate Resolution Program offered by the United States Postal Service and mediate cases between management and employees through its Redress Program.
I have nineteen years of service as an alternate municipal judge for the City of Tulsa. This experience has been invaluable in broadening my skills of analyzing issues in various legal cases and reaching fair decisions while considering the unique circumstances of each case.
Having represented both sides of a divorce case throughout my thirty-one years of practice, I have seen the ravages that divorce litigation has on both the parents and the minor children. Throughout my years of experience, mediation training, my training in providing parenting classes, my experience as an alternate municipal judge and my participation in the collaborative divorce process, I believe I can offer viable options to litigating parties to help reduce conflict and stress. You need an attorney you can depend on and trust when you are going through a difficult case. You need someone who will explain the legal process to you, give you an honest assessment of your situation and aggressively help you resolve all of your legal concerns. I will take the time to listen to your situation and explain how Oklahoma’s laws apply to your issues. I place great emphasis on the ethical and honest practice of divorce law. - Taken from Tula Originals
As a client, you are priority number one. Your satisfaction with the outcome of your case is the ultimate goal. Call (918) 492-3481 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. Ricki M. Replin, Attorney at Law ensures that any phone call, if not immediately answered, will be returned within 12 hours.
Guardianships:
Sometimes the people we love need help caring for themselves, be it a minor child or an “incompetent” adult. This is when a guardianship can be created so that the person appointed as the guardian can provide care and made decisions for another (who is called the ward). A guardianship is a legal relationship created by the court. They are temporary in nature.
 
There are two types of guardianship that the court may establish in conjunction with each other or separately:
  • Guardianship over the person is the authority to provide for a person's medical care, living circumstances and other physical needs.
  • Guardianship over the estate is the authority to manage a person's financial affairs to that person's benefit.
To be named the guardian of a minor, the party wanting to be guardian requests the court to create the guardianship. The guardianship of a minor remains under court supervision until the child reaches age 18 or is earlier terminated by the court. Oftentimes, after the natural parent has the chance to prove he/she has bettered him/herselves and are not in the same situation that led to the guardianship occurring, such guardianship may be terminated upon motion by the natural parent. A guardianship of a minor child takes away the natural parents’ right to make decisions about their child’s life. However, it does not permanently terminate parental rights.
 
A guardian can also be someone appointed to take care of an incompetent or incapable adult in order to take care of their affairs. This guardianship remains under court supervision until the ward becomes competent and able to take care of his/her affairs at which time the guardianship may terminate.
 
The law requires that guardians pass a background check so as to be certain that the guardian is acceptable to the court. Also, the law requires that guardians not benefit financially at the expense of those for whom they take care of and make decisions for. The court requires the guardian to file an annual report setting out the decisions made and/or money spent on behalf of the minor child or incompetent adult.
 
A guardianship is different from an adoption, in that parents still maintain legal rights to their children. However, a guardian will be responsible for the care of the child while the guardianship is in effect. A parent can consent to a guardianship if they feel they are unable to take care of a child, or a case where neglect or abuse is present, the state can appoint a guardian.
 
Adoption:
In my many years of adoption law practice, I have come to realize how fragile children can be. Keeping that in mind, I work to help parents and families create situations that are best for themselves and their children.
 
Adoption is the legal process by which a person becomes a lawful member of a family different from their birth family. Once a final order of adoption has been entered by a court of law, the adoptive parents acquire the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children are born to them. In Oklahoma, at the time the adoption is finalized, the adopted child's last name is legally changed to the adoptive parent’s last name and the Court orders the issuance of a new, amended birth certificate.
 
Adoptions take place in various forms with two of the most common being independent and step parent adoption. Independent adoption occurs when birth parents and adoptive families find each other on their own or with the help of an adoption intermediary such as a pastor, family friend, or doctor. In a step-parent adoption, the family adopting is a birth parent with a new spouse.
 
Unlike a guardianship, adoptions require several background checks by various agencies which take time and cost money. Again, as with a guardianship, the court wants to be certain about the adoptive parent’s history prior to issuing a final Order of Adoption.