James R. Ames - Attorney & Mediator

Services & Fees

MEDIATION

The majority of parties involved in family law cases are ordered to attend meditation and quite often, resolutions are reached.

Mediation is not a requirement to settle, it is an attempt for parties make a good faith effort to reach an agreement.

Mediators do not represent the interests of the parties. It is the job of the mediator to help the parties look at the financial needs of the other party,. Mediators often times remind parties that the most injured ones are the children and that the parents need to reach an agreement that will benefit everyone. No one really wins in a court battle. They are expensive and messy, taking an emotional toll on everyone involved.

James R. Ames, Mediator, is dedicated to helping parties reach an agreement that is in the best interests of all the parties, especially when children are involved. Most often, parties in a suit are too emotionally involved to see beyond their own pain and anger to see what it is doing to their children. Mr. Ames is a mediator who, with a calm resolve, is able to walk participants through the mediation process so they feel comfortable and satisfied with the results. He understands the anger and emotions of divorcing couples and those at odds over their children and the emotional impact court battles have on the entire family. Mr. Ames handles both parties with respect and compassion, encouraging them to treat each other in that same manner, reminding them that at one point or another, they cared very deeply for that other person.

With his background as a family law attorney, Mr. Ames understands the rules of the Texas Family Code and how they are to be used when dividing assets and debts as well as all the issues involving children. Mr. Ames has been before all of the Judges in Tarrant County Family Courts. He knows how they tend to rule on certain issues and what evidence they require in order to make a decision. If parties do not have evidence to support their claims, the Judges are not able to rule in their favor.

Mr. Ames served on the Board of Directors for Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) of Tarrant County, Texas from 1990 - 1996, serving as President from 1995 - 1996. He became a Certified Level II Mediator with DRS in 1991 and continues to work with them today as a mediator specifically requested by many Tarrant County attorneys.

Mr. Ames also performs private mediation services and travels within Tarrant, Dallas and Denton Counties for the convenience of the parties.


Mediation Fees:

$600 (or $300 per party) for a half day session and $1,200.00 (or $600 per party) for a full day. Some mediation sessions will have more than 2 parties. Often times, grandparents, aunts and uncles become involved in custody of minor children.


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CITATIONS

Handled only in the following cities:

Hurst, Euless, Bedford, North Richland Hills , Richland HIlls, Keller, Southlake, Watauga & Grapevine

Citations are due on varying deadlines. Some cities allow 21 days to respond and others only allow 14. Make sure you read the entire ticket so that you know when you must either pay the fine or send the court a request for a trial.

Once a citation is submitted to us, we will send a letter of representation to the court. After this time the court cannot discuss anything directly with you regarding the matter. After 3 or 4 weeks, we will receive a letter from the court with a date for Mr. Ames to go speak to the prosecutor and review the court’s file. Defendants do not usually attend these hearings, unless they are minors, then at least one parent or guardian must attend with the minor child. If there is a possibility of dismissing the ticket outright, he will attempt to have that done then. If not, he will get an offer from the prosecutor and let you know what you need to do from there. There are many different possible outcomes, it all depends on the type of violations and your previous record.

Citation Fees:

Plea Agreements - $60.00 per violation to reach a plea agreement. Many times one ticket will have multiple violations. If you have a ticket, we will need your information at least five business days before the deadline to pay so that we can contact the court in time to stop the issuance of warrants.

If the citation has gone into warrant status, an additional fee of $60.00 is charged for each warrant issued. One warrant is usually issued for each violation.

Trials -
 $250.00 per hour If you want to plead your case before the Judge or a Jury. Trials can take 2 - 3 hours, sometimes more. A two hour minimum will be charged. If the trial goes beyond that time frame, additional fees will be due at the time of the hearing.

Any fees owed to the court for fines and court costs, fees to programs such as tobacco, victim impact, anger management, etc., ordered by the court are additional to our fees for handling the citation(s).

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MARRIAGE CEREMONIES

James R. Ames also performs marriage ceremonies in Tarrant, Dallas and Denton Counties.

Marriage Ceremony Fees:

$75.00

 

 

 

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