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Polk County Domestic Abuse Attorneys

Our Polk County domestic abuse attorneys are ready to take on the challenge of resolving your domestic case and put you in the best position possible for success.
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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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More information about our Polk County Domestic Abuse Attorneys

Your safety is our priority. Our Polk County order of protection attorneys are here to use every resource available to ensure you and your family are protected.  We use every tool to ensure your rights and safety are protected including using Temporary Orders of Protection, Restraining Orders, Plenary Orders and emergency orders of protection in Polk County order of protection and domestic abuse matters.

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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 Polk County Domestic Abuse Attorneys

What is Domestic Abuse?

In this article our Polk County domestic abuse attorneys will discuss what constitutes Domestic Abuse under Iowa law and how to obtain a civil protective order to protect a victim from their abuser. In Iowa, domestic abuse is an assault between people who are in one of a number of types of relationship. Under Iowa law, there are four main relationships that qualify under the domestic abuse statute. These relationships are married, divorced, have children together, and living together or have lived together within 1 year prior to the assault taking place. If you do not fit within these categories, establishing an intimate relationship by showing romantic involvement (which does not have to include sexual engagement) could also qualify as a relationship under Iowa law.

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What is Considered Child Abuse in Iowa?

In this video, our Polk County domestic abuse attorneys explain how child abuse is defined in Iowa Code 232.68. It means:

  • Any non accidental physical injury suffered by a child as the result of the acts or omissions of a person responsible for care of the child;
  • A noticeable or well documented mental injury, diagnosed by a mental health professional or physician, which has substantially harmed the child’s psychological or intellectual capacity.  
  • The commission of a sexual offense with or to a child because of the acts or omissions of the person responsible for the care of the child and who resides in the home of the child.  
  • The failure of a person responsible for the care of the child to provide for the adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or mental health treatment, supervision, or other care necessary for the child’s health and welfare when financially able to do so or when offered financial or other reasonable means to do so. This is judged based on what a reasonable person would do given similar facts and circumstances and the failure re
  • Allowing a child to participate in prostitution or other commercial sexual activity  
  • An illegal drug present in the child’s body as a direct and foreseeable consequence of the acts or omissions of the person responsible for the care of the child.
  • The person caring for the child, in the presence of a child, unlawfully uses, possesses, manufactures, cultivates, or distributes a dangerous substance, or knowingly allows someone else to do this in the presence of the child. This not only covers drugs, but also things like some explosives.  
  • Bestiality in the presence of a child
  • Unsupervised access to a registered sex offender (unless this person is a parent or guardian, or a parent’s spouse, or a child required to register who lives in the home)
  • Knowingly allowing the child access to obscene material, or knowingly disseminating or exhibiting this material to a child.

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How to Get a Protective Order and No Contact Order in Iowa

In this video, our Polk County domestic abuse attorneys explain how In the state of Iowa, there are several types of protective orders.  The determination of which type of protective order you need is dependent on the events prior to the filing of the order, as well as the restrictions you would like to establish moving forward and severity of crimes committed.  The aggrieved party can file for a criminal no-contact, civil no-contact, or civil protective order, depending on the circumstances of the case. Iowa law limits the categories of people who can get a protective order.  Qualifications include those who are a spouse, ex-spouse, a member of the household at the time of the assault or people who have lived together within one year before the assault occurred, people that have a child together, or persons in an intimate relationship.

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