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Why

O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be an expert at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of expertise.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

More information about our Polk County Collaborative & Cooperative Divorce Attorneys:

Our Polk County Collaborative Divorce lawyers and Cooperative Divorce attorneys will help to ensure your divorce is a cost-effective process that ensures your rights are protected and you receive fair terms.  We help you choose the most expedient and affordable path and ensure your goals are met throughout the process. At O'Flaherty law, we recognize each unique case to find the right kind of divorce solution for you so you can have the best possible outcome in your divorce case. 


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Polk County Collaborative & Cooperative Divorce Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Polk County Collaborative & Cooperative Divorce Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

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What to Expect From a Consultation

The purpose of a free 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. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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Further Reading from our Polk County Collaborative & Cooperative Divorce Attorneys

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Iowa?

In this video, our Polk County divorce attorneys explain the differences between collaborative divorce and cooperative divorce in Iowa. When divorcing parties decide on a collaborative divorce, they each hire their own attorney and meet one-on-one to discuss any disputes and what they hope to accomplish. A signed Participation Agreement is required by both parties and their attorneys. This commits them to the collaborative divorce process where they will attempt to avoid litigation by resolving their issues through cooperation and transparency. The agreement also states that should an agreement not come to terms, both parties must hire new attorneys to represent them in court.

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Iowa?

In this video, our Polk County divorce attorneys explain the length of a divorce will always vary from case to case.  Once papers have been filed for a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage,” there is a mandatory 90 day waiting period after the “petitioner” serves the Petition to the “respondent” before the parties can be legally divorced.  The spouse seeking the divorce is referred to as the “petitioner,” and the spouse receiving the “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” is referred to as the “respondent.”

If both parties can reach an agreement about the “division of assets” and any other issues that may arise between the spouses, you may not have to appear in Court to receive your final “Decree of Dissolution.”  However, if the parties are in agreement but there are children between the spouses, a brief Court appearance is likely necessary so that a judge can explain the responsibilities of each party and ensure that matters of custody, visitation and support are dictated in the “Decree of Dissolution.”

The state of Iowa also requires spouses with children to take a parenting class entitled “Children in the Middle” before issuing a final Decree.  If there is not an agreement between the spouses, it can take over a year to finalize the divorce, depending on the number and complexity of issues the spouses are arranging.

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Iowa Family Mediation Explained: Divorce and Child Custody Mediation

In this video, our Polk County divorce attorneys explain how mediation allows opposing parties to meet and negotiate in a neutral setting. A trained mediator often sits in to ensure discussions are fair and productive. Mediation is private, confidential, and incredibly effective.  Mediation can be used to resolve issues surrounding a divorce such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and division of assets and liabilities.  

When given the opportunity to negotiate, parties often come to an agreement on conditions and terms, especially in relation to child custody. Even if a final agreement can’t be reached, mediation helps participants express their wishes in a safe space while being encouraged to actively listen to the opposing party, neither of which are likely outside mediation.

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