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Jones Law Firm Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I date while I am going through the divorce?

A: The short answer is no. If you engage in a relationship while you are still married you may bring about grounds for divorce for your spouse. I realize that they may be the love of your life and that no one has ever treated you this way before, but if it is meant to be, they will wait for you until your legal battle is over.

Can I have my boyfriend/girlfriend around the children?

A: Before the divorce is completed, the answer is an emphatic no. This is something that can truly be used against you. After the divorce is final, you may be able to have them around the children, depending on the language contained in your MDA (link). However, I would strongly recommend that you do not expose your children to your significant other for some time. After a life-changing event, it is important that you protect your children from further change.

When can I re-marry?

A: You can legally remarry 30 days after the entry of your final decree of divorce.

When will I have my divorce heard?

A: If you have children, your divorce cannot be heard until 90 days have passed from the filing of your complaint (link). If you do not have children, you must wait at least 60 days from the filing of your complaint. These timelines generally only apply to an ID (link) divorce. Most divorces require much more time to negotiate and conduct discovery.

I have an Order of Protection.  Can I own a gun?

A: If you are under an Order of Protection, you need to get rid of your weapons, give them to a friend or your parents. Do not go hunting. It is imperative that you discuss this with us.  An Order of Protection may make you a felon for firearm purposes.

How much does it cost to file for divorce?

A: As of April 22, 2008 (adjust to current rates?), the filing fee for a divorce with children is $376.50 and without is $301.50. This fee does not include having the divorce served on your spouse, nor does it include attorney fees.

What does the Bible say about divorce?

A: I am not a minister, nor a member of the clergy. I am, however, a Christian. I would strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your pastor in this area. If you do not currently have a home church or pastor to discuss this topic with, click here for a well-written article on the subject.

How much is a consultation with your office, and when do you offer them?

A:  We believe that everyone should have the ability to consult with an attorney regarding his or her case.  When we first began, we gave free consultations, but as time went by, we found we were doing so many consultations, we didn’t have time to work on our existing clients’ needs.  In light of this, we changed our policy to allow us to meet with individuals without detracting from our level of service.  We meet for consultations beginning at 9:00 a.m. and take our last appointment at 5:00 p.m.  The cost for a consultation is $50.00 for bankruptcy cases, and $100.00 for all other case types.  We also offer a free divorce seminar on certain Tuesday evenings.  Check our Calendar of Events for more details.

How long does a consultation last?

A:  A consultation lasts 45 minutes; after that, normal hourly rates will apply. 

What is your hourly rate?

A:  The hourly rate for Mr. Jones is $300.00 per hour.  Paralegals charge $150.00 per hour. Law Clerks bill $100.00 per hour.  To lower legal fees for our clients, we endeavor to use staff members whenever possible.

Do you offer flat fees for any type of cases?

A:  Yes, for bankruptcies, Will packages, and Uncontested Divorces we offer a flat fee with no hidden or additional cost. 

What is the cost for a bankruptcy?

A:  The attorney fee for a bankruptcy depends upon the type of chapter you want to file.  Generally, a Chapter 7 will cost a flat fee of $1500.00 and a Chapter 13 will initially cost $1500.00 with an additional $1500.00 to be paid over a 60-month period.

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