The Law Office of Arturo Cervantes Jr. was founded to provide experienced and effective legal services for families at reasonable, affordable prices. Founded in 2010, our office is committed to providing our clients with big law firm services with a commitment to personalized attention.
Arturo Cervantes Jr., Attorney at Law
Arturo grew up in the small agricultural City of Tulare, California, located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley.
He graduated as a proud Aztec from San Diego State University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. After completing the ABA Certified Paralegal Program at the University of San Diego, he worked as a paralegal for 4 years. In 2007, Arturo graduated from the California Western School of Law where he was recognized as a Distinguished Advocate. Arturo passed the California State Bar exam and began practice in the State of California beginning in 2008.
Arturo is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts as well as every state court in California. Since 2008, he has appeared in courts throughout California, including courts in Merced, Fresno, Tulare, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. He is committed to working hard to provide you with Effective, Aggressive, and Affordable Family Law Services. Arturo is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Family Law Section.
In his free time, Arturo is a devoted father of two boys and enjoys running, trail-hiking, playing softball, and many other activities that take advantage of the warm San Diego beach weather.
Legal Services Provided
The Law Office of Arturo Cervantes Jr. has experience in every aspect of Family Law. Our office can provide you with information and experience so you may make informed and confident decisions that impact your family. Our services include:
Prenuptial Agreements and Post-nuptial Agreements
Our San Diego Family Law Office can protect you and your fiancé by preparing a Pre-Marital (Prenuptial) Agreement or, if already married, a Post-Nuptial Agreement. The best time to make decisions about your assets and financial obligations is before they become attached to your future or current significant other. You can plan ahead and protect your livelihood, assets and your loved ones in case the unfortunate occurs.
Petition for Legal Separation
Sometimes when a marital relationship reaches its end, religious or personal beliefs restrain a person from requesting a divorce. Or a relationship may mend through counseling or the passage of time. In these situations, a Legal Separation is the best option.
A legal separation permits the parties to obtain all relief available to a petitioner for a divorce, including a division of property, allocation of debts, child custody and visitation orders, child support, and spousal support (alimony). The only difference is the spouses maintain their marital status and are unable to re-marry. This preserves your religious or personal convictions and allows the opportunity for the spouses to eventually reconcile.
Dissolution of Marriage or Domestic Partnership (Divorce)
The end of a relationship can leave you feeling like your life is in turmoil. You need the experienced and knowledgeable counsel to guide you through these difficult times. If your marriage or domestic partnership is beyond reconciliation, our Family Law Attorney can begin the difficult process of dissolving your marriage or domestic partnership. Our San Diego Family Law Office will take care of the forms and procedures so you can focus on healing emotionally and spiritually.
Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Marital Settlement Agreements
In situations where spouses or partners are more amicable, our office can negotiate and prepare a marital settlement agreement that meets both needs. Collaborative divorce is becoming more popular and is effective when both parties can reach agreements on some or all of their support and property division issues. Our San Diego Family Law Office is experienced in exploring all settlement options in an effort to reach a collaborative more amicable arrangement.
Annulment (Nullity of Marriage)
California law provides annulment of marriages in only specific situations. An annulment allows the Court to declare a marriage void at its inception (invalid) or void after a valid marriage. The California Family Code affords an Annulment in specific, evidence-supported situation.
Your choice to proceed by Annulment or Divorce may have significant consequences to division of property or debt obligations, and availability of spousal support. Our San Diego Family Law Office can help you make an informed decision as to how best to proceed and protect your rights.
Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution of Marriage
California law provides a much less invasive, expedited process for couples who have no minor children, have not accumulated a great deal of assets or debt, and been married only a short period of time. Our San Diego Family Law Office can meet with you to determine if you qualify for a Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution under the specific requirements of the Family Code.
Child Custody and Visitation
Parenting children in two households can be difficult, but it does not need to be impossible. Our San Diego Family Law Office will aggressively protect your parental rights and ensure your children’s best interests are put first. Our office is experienced in advocating for your parental rights, and will prepare all documents to request or modify orders, prepare you for mediation at Family Court Services, and zealously advocate for you in Court.
Petition to Establish Paternity
If you were never married to the other parent of your minor child(ren), the need for a written order defining your Child Custody, Visitation and Support arrangements is essential. If no orders are in place, child custody will be determined by an “in the arms” rule, where the parent holding the child will have custody until a court order exists. Our San Diego Family Law Office will help you to ensure you maintain a stable, consistent parenting arrangement that is in your child(ren)’s best interests.
“Move Away” Orders
When a parent wants to “move away” (relocate outside of the County), the Courts consider specific factors to decide whether children should stay put or relocate with the other parent. Our San Diego Family Law Office will prepare your petition – to request or prevent a relocation – addressing these factors and ensure your parental rights are respected.
California provides a Guideline Calculation that makes it clear what a non-custodial parent’s financial responsibilities are to their child. There are exceptions and deductions that should be considered and addressed with the Court to ensure a child support obligation does not become a dearth to your ability to maintain your own standard of living. If the Department of Child Support Services is involved in enforcement, you do not need to cower in resignation. Our Office can stand with you to ensure a child support obligation is fair and meets the needs of your child.
Spousal Support (Alimony)
California law does not provide a Guideline Calculation for Spousal Support, but instead allows both parties to submit evidence towards factors that can raise or lower a spousal support order. If you have been married longer than 10 years, you may be eligible to receive as the supported spouse – or may be liable to pay, if you are the supporting spouse – spousal support (alimony) indefinitely as a long-term marriage. A marriage of less than 10 years only limits the length of time spousal support (alimony) may be awarded. Our San Diego Family Law Office can insure your petition for or against spousal support addresses all factors according to California law.
Property Characterization and Division
Our office is experienced in handling all areas involved in a dissolution action, including the characterization of property as community, quasi-community, and separate property. Our San Diego Family Law Office will help you determine what property is subject to division as well as allocating the accumulated debt.
If you are not a biological parent of a minor child that needs your supervision and/or protection, you may need to request the Court issue a Guardianship so you may make important decisions for the child. These decisions include choice of school, educational advocacy if your client requires special needs services, and medical services. Our San Diego Family Law Office can help you petition the Court for Guardianship so you can make these important decisions to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the child.
Adults sometimes require assistance of others to ensure they receive important services and assistance. This can be due to disability, incapacity, or any other deterioriating mental, physical, or psychological condition. A Power of Attorney may not be sufficient to provide for your disabled or elderly loved one. Our San Diego Family Law Office can ensure you can establish yourself or nominate another as a conservator over the person or their estate.
Surrogate and Step-Parent Adoptions are becoming more common. Our San Diego Family Law Office will guide you and your family through this process, to ensure adopting and/or biological parents can establish boundaries and understandings that are best for their child.
Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders.
When a relationship ends, you should never have to fear for your safety. Whenever there is a fear for your physical well-being, whether its constant visits to your job, threats of harm to your safety, or a history of physical or emotional abuse, you can stop it from continuing. If no prior family or dating relationship existed, you can still request a person stop inflicting harm on you. Our San Diego Family Law Office will stand up with you and demand this type of behavior be stopped and, if necessary, that the person inflicting harm on you is restrained.
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