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Jeff is also uniquely qualified to advise clients who are going through both divorce and bankruptcy.
DES MOINES, IA, January 30, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Des Moines attorney Jeff Mathias, practicing in Iowa since 1998 and, exclusively in consumer Chapter 7 Bankruptcy since 2003, has begun representing Iowan's in uncontested and collaborative divorce including child custody, visitation, support, property division and other family law matters.
Jeff has established a superior position in the consumer bankruptcy field in Iowa as evidenced by his bankruptcy attorney reviews including AVVO bankruptcy lawyers. Jeff has helped thousands of Iowan's from most of our 99 counties get a fresh start through Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy.
Now Jeff is also handling both uncontested and collaborative divorce. Divorce in Iowa, like most states is no-fault for divorce, meaning the parties need not prove infidelity or any other basis in order to secure a divorce. So an uncontested divorce is one where the parties are able to agree to issues like child custody, visitation, support and property distribution including the home and joint debt.
Collaborative divorce is a way to reduce the stress, time and cost of traditional divorce litigation. In collaboration, the client hires and attorney to work together with the opposing party spouse and their attorney, typically across a conference room table to resolve issues without the need for litigation.
When collaboration succeeds, the parties file a joint divorce decree. If collaboration fails, both attorneys are disqualified from representing the client in divorce litigation. This way, the attorneys do not have any incentive to "feed the fire". Collaborative divorce has been championed in Iowa by attorney Kimberly Stamatelos.
Jeff charges an affordable fixed fee for uncontested divorce. There is a 90 day waiting period although it can be waived in some circumstances.
Jeff is also uniquely qualified to advise clients who are going through both divorce and bankruptcy. Iowa couples will often file bankruptcy jointly first in order to "clear the decks" before going their separate ways through divorce. A joint filing means only one attorney fee and one filing fee. In order to file jointly, there must not be any conflicts of interest over matters like who will keep the home or be responsible for debt but also other matters like child custody.
Iowa now typically awards joint legal custody of children. This means both parties participate equally in important decisions like where children live, attend school and worship. Iowa Judges may award either primary physical care to one parent, often the mother, or they may award joint physical care, although they like see that there has been a history of very active parental involvement by both parties so they can be confident this arrangement will succeed.
Child support is based on the Iowa Child Support Guidelines. Standard visitation is often ordered and the parties can deviate from standard visitation if they prefer, and can fall back on the decree if needed. Iowa courts are available to hear from the parties after the decree has been issued if problems arise that require court supervision including new orders.
Jeff's preference is to work with Iowan's who put their children first and work with their spouse to enjoy a less stressful, more healing divorce experience.
Jeff Mathias, Attorney - graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas and has practiced law in Iowa since 1998. Prior to law school, Jeff was a police officer in Arlington, Texas. Jeff also handles Iowa Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Jeff enjoys helping Iowan's with uncontested and collaborative divorce for less expense and less stress for both spouses and children.
4800 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste. 218, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
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