Low-cost Modesto Divorce Attorney
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I help clients achieve their family law goals while protecting their financial future. In divorce, I help my clients secure advantageous orders for child support, spousal support, custody, and property division. In mediation, I can help couples navigate a cooperative divorce for a flat fee. Whether you are facing a contentious divorce and need an aggressive divorce lawyer or want to reduce attorney fees through mediation, I can help you achieve your family law goals.
Some couples want to avoid expensive litigation in family law court. In these cases, divorce mediation can be an affordable solution. In mediation, couples meet with a neutral mediator who will help them settle their issues and formalize those agreements in legal documents. Mediation can help agreeable parties save thousands of dollars. Best of all, I offer a flat fee for mediation services.
Sometimes a client needs an aggressive attorney to represent their interests in family court. As a divorce attorney, I advocate for my clients in divorce, child custody, and child support cases for a low hourly fee of $250 per hour. In addition, to help clients afford a family law attorney I accept payment by credit card and take online payments.
Everyone wants to meet with a divorce attorney before hiring one, but many attorneys charge for the first consultation. To help clients decide whether to hire me I offer a free 15-minute consultation. The consultation won’t help people who need free legal work or have one specific question, but it will help clients who know they need an attorney.
To receive a free consultation and learn more about my representation call my office at (916) 250-1610.
The majority of my clients retain me to file or respond to a petition for dissolution of marriage. As a Modesto divorce attorney, I do everything in my power to achieve an optimal outcome for my clients with respect to division of property, child support, spousal support, and custody. Those clients who contact me early in their divorce often experience better outcomes as we have more time to prepare and impose deadlines upon the other party.
Nothing is more important than a parent’s relationship with their child. Accordingly, child custody is one of the most frequently litigated issues in family court, and with good reason. Some parties utilize domestic abuse allegations and involve government agencies to gain the upper hand in child custody. The other parent may even deny your court-ordered custody or visitation rights by keeping your children from you. When faced with a spouse who uses custody as a weapon many clients find it beneficial to hire an aggressive child custody attorney. Low-cost Modesto divorce lawyer Michael Benavides represents clients in contested child custody proceedings and custody mediation.
Domestic Violence Restraining Order
Domestic violence restraining orders are sometimes used as a weapon in child custody. While false allegations of abuse face stiff consequences, some uneducated or unscrupulous parties nevertheless file frivolous domestic violence restraining orders. If you are filing a domestic violence restraining order or have been served with one, retaining a family law attorney early in the process is important. If served, waiting until the last few days before the hearing will nearly guarantee that family law attorneys are unavailable on the day of the hearing.
The financial consequences of child support are significant in almost every case. Due to the algebraic formula for calculating child support mandated by statute, and the statutory principles that guide the court’s decision, the final awards can greatly exceed the actual cost of raising a child. Worse yet for the payor, child support payments are not tax-deductible; likewise, they are not taxable to the recipient. With that said, an experienced child support attorney may be able to adjust the calculation depending upon the facts of the case.
Nearly everyone thinking about hiring an attorney wants to know how much the attorney will charge before picking up the phone. To help prospective clients understand attorney fees before the first call I’ve detailed my affordable rates below.
$250 Per Hour by Credit Card
Like many divorce attorneys in Modesto, I charge an hourly rate as I work on a case. However, unlike many local attorneys, I charge an affordable rate of $250 per hour. Best of all, you can pay your retainer fee and invoices by credit card.
Flat Fee Document Preparation
Some clients don’t need an attorney to represent them in family court. These clients have few assets, no real issues with their spouse, but need an attorney to draft the legal documents for dissolution of marriage. In other words, they need more services than the family law facilitator can provide, but they feel comfortable filing the divorce papers themselves. In these cases, I charge a flat fee payable online by credit card. If you think your case is simple enough for flat fee document preparation call my office at (916) 250-1610 for a free 15-minute consultation.
Flat Fee Divorce Mediation
Mediation can save couples a lot of money in attorney fees. In divorce mediation, a couple meets with a neutral mediator who guides their settlement discussions. Through several mediation sessions, the couples will come to agreements on property division, child custody, child support, spousal support, and any other outstanding issues. Finally, the mediator will formalize those agreements in the required legal documents that will later be filed with the court.