Understanding Possession vs. Title Ownership
It’s important to understand the difference between possession and title ownership when it comes to a Victim Protective Order (VPO). Possession refers to the right to have control over the property and the ability to use it, while title ownership refers to legal ownership of the property.
A VPO may grant possession of the home to the victim and restrict the abuser’s access to the property. However, it does not affect title ownership. Both parties will still retain their legal ownership of the property unless a court order is issued stating otherwise.
Potential Property Implications of a VPO
While a VPO may not affect title ownership, it can have other property implications. For example, a VPO may prohibit the abuser from selling or damaging property, including shared property such as a vehicle or bank accounts. Violating these provisions can result in criminal charges and additional legal consequences.
Additionally, a VPO can impact the division of property in a divorce proceeding. If a VPO is in place, the court may take it into consideration when dividing assets and determining child custody arrangements.
Consultation with an Oklahoma VPO Lawyer
If you have questions about how a VPO may affect your property rights or if you need legal assistance with a VPO, contact an experienced Oklahoma VPO lawyer. Attorney Dustin Peterson is here to help. Contact him at 405-888-5400 or visit theoklahomacityattorney.com today to schedule your consultation.