FAMILY LAW: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Why Should I Choose Hainer Porras LLC to Represent Me?

 Counseling and open communication are the cornerstones of our law practice.  We spend time getting to know our clients. We meet regularly with you to keep you informed about the progress of your case.  We don’t shy away from giving you hard-to-hear but necessary information so that you can make good decisions for your individual and family needs. We know that work outside the courtroom is at least as important as in-court advocacy.

2. Why Should I Cooperate with the Court if My Child has been Removed?

 The fact is that if you don’t participate in court-ordered services, you could lose your child forever.  We will do our best to persuade the court to make specific orders that benefit you and your child, such as identifying your parenting strengths to achieve a positive outcome. And we will advocate your wishes, knowing that you want what is best for your child.  When it is in your best interest to work collaboratively with a child welfare agency, we will provide assistance to access services and empower you.

3. Can You Quote Me a Flat Fee for a Divorce?

 The cost of a divorce can rapidly escalate. The “retainer fee” that you pay at initial hiring will not likely cover the entire cost of most domestic matters.  We devote sufficient time at our first meeting to fully explain for what actions you will be billed so as to avoid future disputes. We will state the minimum amount required to accomplish a task but we cannot estimate a maximum figure. Once requested, it is your responsibility to replenish your trust account.  Our written fee agreement thoroughly and accurately describes the scope of our services; the amount of the retainer required; the procedure for using the trust funds; and, the requirement for periodic replenishment of the trust account.

4. Will the Court Award Fees for Attorney Costs?

 The court does have the power to assess fees against one party in a divorce, custody fight, support modification, or a contempt proceeding. But the determination is strictly up to each individual judge in that particular matter.

We will help you demonstrate, where possible, that the unreasonableness of the opposing party caused your fees and costs to increase unnecessarily.

5. Can the Court Award Support to Me While My Divorce is Pending?

 Yes. In Virginia, there is statutory authority to award monies during the pendency of litigation so a spouse can pay attorney fees and other expenses. Judges make such determinations on a case-by-case basis.