Frequently Asked Questions
What is an initial consultation?
An initial consultation is a meeting where you and Mr. Melton exchange information regarding your case. It will usually last for 1 1/2 hours. It is a meeting to determine if Mr. Melton is the right attorney for your case. Meeting with Todd does not obligate you to hire him; however, if you do decide that you would like to hire him you would need to confirm with our office by paying a retainer fee and signing a retainer fee agreement.
What is a Mediation?
Mediation is a meeting between the parties and the mediator in which the issues are discussed to try and reach an agreement prior to rulings having to be imposed on the parties by court. This can be court ordered or voluntary. Most mediations last two hours.
What is a retainer fee?
A retainer fee is an amount placed in a trust account as an advance deposit for fees that are used. As the amount decreases, we may ask for additional funds. If the case settles and funds remain in trust, those funds will be refunded to the client.
Can Mr. Melton represent both parties?
Both parties can be represented by Todd only if the parties are agreeable and can reach an agreement without a court appearance. In the event that the parties are unable to reach an agreement, Todd will be unable to represent either party.
Where is the courthouse and what do I bring?
Family court is located at 1001 Ryan Street; however, the entrance to the building is on the corner of Pithon and Kirby. If this is a Hearing Officer conference to establsih child support calculation and or spousal support please bring your last 3 pay stubs, last two years income taxes and if you provide insurance and or child care, please bring documentation regarding the cost of each. Cell phones ar not allowed in Family Court.
How long does it take to finalize a divorce?
If minor children are involved, you must wait one year from the date the the defendant is served. If there are no minor children involved, you must wait 6 months from the date the defendant is served.