Divorce is not always expensive. Filing for divorce pro se, or by yourself without legal representation, cuts the costs down to form and court filing fees. According to the Oklahoma Bar Association, a pro se divorce works best for families without children or numerous joint assets. Once the parties meet Oklahoma's six-month separate residency requirement, they may begin the dissolution of marriage. Several online programs offer software and forms to guide petitioners through the process without having to pay a lawyer.
Locate an Oklahoma petition for dissolution of marriage form. This can be obtained through an online divorce program or via websites offering Oklahoma divorce forms. Fill out the form listing yourself as the petitioner and your spouse as the respondent. Choose one of the 12 grounds for divorce allowed in Oklahoma and record it on the petition. Create an affidavit that states your intention to apply for a dissolution of marriage without legal representation.
Take the petition and affidavit to a notary public and sign it before her. Have the notary public sign and notarize the petition. Make at least four copies of the paperwork and keep one copy for your records. Take the other three copies to your county clerk's office to have your petition filed. Request the court to draft a temporary order if necessary to order your spouse to take certain action or refrain from contact.
Download a waiver of appearance form and have your spouse sign it. These forms are available through the Oklahoma Bar Association and several other online form sources.
Appear in court on the date given to you by the court clerk. Take every form with you that you think you might need, as well as identification. Bring all copies of the notarized petition, waiver of appearance and affidavit that you have. After the hearing, if the judge does not request additional paperwork, the divorce is final.