History of Appellate Decisions

History of published divorce articles and appellate decisions.

Donelle H. Ratheal’s History of Appellate Rulings

20172011-20162006-20102000-20051993-1999

2017:

In re Marriage of Julie A. Bennett and Kevin T. Bennett
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-114260
Representing Appellee Julie Ann Bennett
Canadian County District Court Case No. FD-2013-427: Judge Gary McCurdy
Divorce: Property Division and Support Alimony
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2016:

In re Guardianship of M.A.A. and I.W.E.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-113593
Representing Appellant Kathryn Thomas
Roger Mills County District Court Case No. PG-2013-4: Judge Pat VerSteeg
Guardianship of Minor Child and Grandparent Visitation
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

Kast Trust Farms v. Clayton Twyman, Washita County Assessor
Washita County District Court Case No. CV-2016-41: Judge Doug Haught
(Administrative Appeal)
Representing Petitioner Kast Trust Farms
Taxation: Ad Valorem Tax Use Classification
(pending)

2015:

Chesapeake Operating, Inc. v. Kast Trust Farms
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-109914 (consolidated with 109916)
Representing Appellee/Counter-Appellant Kast Trust Farms
Washita County District Court Case No. CV-2010-8: Judge Christopher Kelly
Surface Damages – Jury Trial
Decision: Reversed and remanded on evidentiary issues
Published: 2015 OK CIV APP 5, 352 P.3d 1231

In re Marriage of Krista Suzanne Smith and Ryan Tate Smith
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-112324
Representing Appellant Krista Smith
Beckham County District Court Case No. FD-2010-69: Judge Pat VerSteeg
Divorce: Property Division – Business Goodwill
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2014:

State of Oklahoma ex rel. Department of Human Services Child Support Division v. Charles Allen Rogers
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-111846
Representing Appellee Charles Allen Rogers
Oklahoma County Court Case No. FMI-2012-35: Judge Lisa Hammond
Post-Decree: Child Support Arrearages
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

In re Marriage of Joseph M. Holmes and Cristin M. Lockwood
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-110449 (#1)
Representing Appellee Cristin Lockwood
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2009-4071: Judge Lynn McGuire
Attorney Fee Award (Post-Decree Modification #1)
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

In re Marriage of Joseph M. Holmes and Cristin M. Lockwood
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-111727 (#2)
Representing Appellee Cristin Lockwood
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2009-4071: Judge Lynn McGuire
Demurrer in Post-Decree Modification #2 and Attorney Fee Award
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

In re Adoption of C.R.V.N.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-111109
Representing Appellant Chad Nimmo
Custer County District Court Case No. FA-2012-2: Judge Donna Dirickson
Adoption without Consent
Decision: Trial Judge reversed-Appellant prevails
(Docket sealed)

2013:

Karla Forbush v. The Honorable Patricia G. Parrish
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. PR-111259
Representing Petitioner Karla Forbush
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. CJ-2012-479: Judge Patricia Parrish
Writ of Prohibition: Expert Witness Affidavit – Malpractice
Decision: Trial Judge reversed-Petitioner prevails
(Docket only available online)

In re Marriage of Brandyce Nicole Hickey and Justin Cloyd Hickey
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-110717
Representing Appellant Justin Hickey
Beckham County District Court Case No. FD-2009-30: Judge Joe Jackson
Post-Decree Modification: Custody-Child Support
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2012:

In re Marriage of Lori L. Colclasure and Kent A. Colclasure
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. DF-109218
(Represented Petitioner/Appellant Lori L. Colclasure at trial level)
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2009-6534: Judge Barry Hafar
Divorce: Property-Valuation
Decision: Trial Judge reversed-Appellant prevails
Published: 2012 OK 97, 295 P.3d 1123

Douglas N. Myers v. Sara E. Myers
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-108053 (#1)
Representing Appellant Sara Myers
Canadian County District Court Case No. FD-2006-176: Judge Robert Davis
Post-Decree Modification: Relocation
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

Douglas N. Myers v. Sara E. Myers
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-108693 (#2) & DF-109169 (#3)
Representing Appellant Sara Myers
Canadian County District Court Case No. FD-2006-176: Judge Robert Davis
Post-Decree Modification: Custody-Child Support-Attorney Fees
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

Janith Ruth Neville v. Nicholas Bernard Neville
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. DF-109838
Representing Appellee Janith Neville
Texas County District Court Case No. FD-2000-4: Judge Ryan Reddick
Post-Decree: Enforcement of Property Division Alimony
Appellant dismissed appeal-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2011:

Juliann Mazuola v. Starlin Neal Click
Oklahoma Court of Appeals Case No. DF-106976
Representing Appellee Neal Click
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2007-3147: Judge Geary Walke
Divorce: Marital/Separate Property
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
Published: 2011 OK CIV APP 59, 253 P.3d 1004

Kast Trust Farms v. The Honorable Christopher Kelly
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. PR-109065
Representing Petitioner Kast Trust Farms
Washita County District Court Case No. CV-2010-8: Judge Christopher Kelly
Writ of Prohibition: Surface Damages-Evidentiary
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Petitioner prevails
(Docket only available online)

Tom B. Feagins v. Lisa D. Feagins
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-108231
Representing Appellant Lisa Feagins
Kingfisher County District Court Case No. FD-1994-39: Judge M. Susie Pritchett
Post-Decree Modification (Custody/Child Support – Arrearages)
Decision: Reversed and Remanded to Trial Judge
(Docket only available online)

Gary Alan Johnson v. Laura Marie Johnson
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-108107
Representing Appellant Gary Johnson
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2004-1578: Judge Allen Welch
Post Decree Modification: Attorney Fee Award
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

Michael Henry McKinish v. Karla McKinish
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-107663
Representing Appellant Karla Forbush (McKinish)
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2008-3822: Judge Donald Deason
Divorce: Custody-Property Division
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2010:

In re Guardianship of Maurice M. Langston, Jr.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-107000
Representing Appellant Deborah K. Langston
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. PG-2007-757: Judge Larry Jones
Guardianship/Trust: Vacation of Settlement Agreement
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2009:

Traci R. Rowe v. Michael B. Rowe
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. DF-105532
Representing Minor Child as Guardian ad Litem
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1998-3388: Judge Barry Hafar
Post-Decree Modification: Guardian ad Litem
Decision: Appeal Dismissed
Published: 2009 OK 66, 218 P.3d 887

Karla Honeysuckle v. William Honeysuckle
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-105533
Representing Appellant William Honeysuckle
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1992-1400: Judge Barry L. Hafar
DHS-CSED Administrative Hearing: Child Support Arrearages and Defenses
Decision: ALJ Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2008:

Andrea Buller Edwards v. Mitchel Wayne Edwards
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-104586
Representing Appellee Andrea Buller Brown (Edwards)
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1995-1110: Judge Donald Deason
Post-Decree Modification: Custody-Visitation-Child Support
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

American General Finance, Inc. v. Ann Francis Garland et al.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals SD-104018
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. CJ-2004-5524: Judge Noma Gurich
(OBA-Family Law Section Application to allow Amicus Curiae Brief)
Attorney’s Lien – Priority of Liens
Decision: Application Denied
(Docket only available online)

Shaun Michelle Githens v. Michael Harrison Githens
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. DF-105559
Representing Appellee Shaun Githens
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2004-1468: Judge Donald Deason
Divorce: Custody-Property
Appellant dismissed appeal prior to decision-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2007:

Ali Medhipour v. Kenneth Holland
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. DF-101545
Representing Appellant Ali Medhipour
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. CS-1993-7547: Judge Barbara Swinton
Civil: Attorney’s Lien
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Appellant prevails
Published: 2007 OK 69, 177 P.3d 544

Daynelle Dedmond Dearnley v. Robert Charles Dearnley
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-103208
Representing Appellant Daynelle Dearnley
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-2004-4707: Judge Geary Walke
Divorce: Restitutionary Hubbard Alimony-Separate Property
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Appellant prevails
(Docket only available online)

2006:

Terrye J. Meyer v. Jim R. Meyer
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-101585 (#2)
Representing Appellant Jim Meyer
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1999-1855: Judge Lisa Hammond
Post-Decree: Termination of Support Alimony
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2003:

Judith Ann Smith v. Stephen Michael Smith
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-96752
Representing Appellant Stephen Smith
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1987-7914: Judge Geary Walke
Post-Decree Modification: Child Support
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Appellant prevails
Published: 2003 OK CIV APP 28, 67 P.3d 351

2002:

Terrye J. Meyer v. Jim R. Meyer
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-96192 (#1)
Representing Appellee Jim Meyer
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1999-1855: Judge Larry A. Jones
Divorce: Support Alimony
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Appellant prevails
(Docket only available online)

Milton E. Reed v. The Honorable Vicki L. Robertson
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. MA-97381
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1998-147: Judge Vicki Robertson
Writ of Mandamus – Arbitration Clause in Joint Custody Plan
(Ms. Ratheal was agreed-upon arbitrator)
Decision: Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

Dorn v. Heritage Trust Co.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-94740
Representing Appellant Bertha Dorn
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1995-4464: Judge Roma McElwee
Attorney’s Charging Lien
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Appellant prevails
(Docket only available online)

2001:

Dorn v. Heritage Trust Co.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-93448
Representing Appellant/Counter-Appellee Bertha Dorn
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1995-4464: Judge Roma McElwee
Divorce: Valuation-Separate Property
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed (both parties)-Counter-Appellee prevails
Published: 2001 OK CIV APP 264, 24 P.3d 886

State of Oklahoma ex rel. DHS v. David Stansbury
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-94969
Representing Appellant Grandparents
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1994-3151: Judge Vicki Robertson
Guardianship: Third Party Custody
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
Published: 2001 OK CIV APP 113, 30 P.3d 1180

George Kent Williams v. Patricia Anne Williams
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-95175
Cleveland County District Court Case No. FD-1999-902: Judge Alan Couch
Divorce: Military Retirement-Disability
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

2000:

Jack H. Coleman v. Sammie Lou Coleman
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-93577
Representing Appellee Sammie Lou Coleman
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1989-3611: Judge Vicki Robertson
Post-Decree Modification: Child Support-Arrearages
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

1999:

Paul Roessler et al. v. State of Oklahoma ex rel. Department of Human Services et al.
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. PR-93849
Representing Pro Se Litigants
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1999-5184: Judge Barbara Swinton
Writ of Prohibition: Child Support Statute (1999 revision)
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed
(Docket only available online)

1998:

Connie Loessberg v. Burt Loessberg
Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. DF-90970
Representing Appellant Burt Loessberg
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1995-4115: Judge Jerry Bass
Post-Decree Modification: Custody-Child Support
Appeal Dismissed (by parties’ agreement)
(Docket only available online)

1996:

Pamela Royal v. Gary Royal
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-85780
Representing Appellant Pamela Royal
Oklahoma County Court Case No. FD-1991-2061: Judge Clinton Dennis
Post-Decree Modification: Custody
Decision: Trial Judge Reversed-Appellant prevails
(Docket only available online)

1994:

Guadalupe Muniz v. Valentin Muniz, Jr.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-81909
Representing Appellee/Cross-Appellant Guadalupe Muniz
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. FD-1992-3054: Judge William Henderson
Divorce: Separate Property
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
(Docket only available online)

1993:

John B. Chadwick, Jr. v. Susanne Fuller, et al.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Case No. DF-79749
Representing Appellant John B. Chadwick, Jr.
Oklahoma County District Court Case No. CJ-1987-8385: Judge Charles Owens
Probate: Testamentary Gift of Restricted Stock
Decision: Trial Judge Affirmed-Appellee prevails
Published: 1993 OK CIV APP 166, 867 P.2d 480