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Our Des Moines child custody attorneys fight for your family's legal needs. At O'Flaherty law, child custody attorneys work hard to help you in the most cost effective manner.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

More information about our Des Moines Child Custody Attorneys

Our Des Moines child custody lawyers care about you and your family's legal needs when it comes to child custody cases. We pride ourselves on our above and beyond client communication to put you at ease during your case. Feel in control as our lawyers help you navigate the complexities of child custody manners in the most efficient and effective way possible. Our excellent legal services and experience will with no doubt put you and your family in the best position to succeed in your child's custody case. When working with O'Flaherty, winning a child custody case becomes your future.

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What to Expect From a Legal Consultation

The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Further Reading from our Des Moines Child Custody Attorneys

Iowa Child Custody Law Explained

In this video, our Des Moines child custody attorney explains how Iowa Law requires that the court consider the best interests of the child and order​ a custody​ arrangement​ that will allow the child to maintain consistent physical and emotional contact with both parents whenever possible to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of raising the child, so long as doing so will not cause physical or significant emotional harm to the children, other children, or either parent.  Custody is broken down into three parts: “joint legal custody,” “sole legal custody,” “physical placement.”

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Factors Courts Consider When Determining Child Custody In Iowa

In this video, our Des Moines child custody attorneys explain how the Iowa court considers several factors when deciding a child custody case. Because every child custody case is unique, it’s impossible to say which, if any, of the following factors are weighed more heavily than others by a judge.

  • Facts about the child (age, special mental or emotional needs, overall physical health)
  • Facts about the parents (age, financial stability, character, overall mental and physical health)
  • Relationships between each parent, child, siblings, and step-siblings before and after separation
  • Home environment and level of stability provided by each parent
  • Testimony of other family members, associates, or independent parties
  • Additional details as provided.

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Alienating a Child from the other Parent in Iowa Custody Cases

In this video, our Des Moines child custody attorneys explain how the court has held the ability of each parent to support the other parent’s relationship is instrumental in the successful mental, emotional, and social development of the children. Courts routinely hold that parental alienation of affection, when one parent interferes with the child’s feelings of love and affection for another parent, is something that will weigh heavily against the parent responsible for the alienation. This may result in custody being ordered in favor of the non-alienating parent, or the custody order being modified to give the non-alienating parent more visitation time.

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