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Family Law

The Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar provide a wide variety of Family Law services for both individuals and families. No matter your needs or circumstances, we will help you successfully navigate the legal system and achieve a successful outcome in your litigation. We provide the following services to clients in the Whittier, California area and Los Angeles County, as well as Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, under a reasonable fee structure. Contact us for more information.


Divorces are often one of the most complex legal cases an individual undergoes in their lifetime. At the Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar, we focus in thorough and effective litigation of divorce cases. Whether you have children, own property or businesses, or have extenuating circumstances, we will work to gain a thorough understanding of your case to provide you with the best course of action. We work with uncontested/collaborative divorces with the goal of achieving an amicable resolution that benefits all parties involved. However, if settlement is not possible, we will pursue an aggressive option and take your matter to court and through trial in order to protect your rights and ensure that you achieve optimal results.

Child Custody & Visitation

Child custody cases can be a difficult and stressful experience for both the parents and the children. Whether you are establishing or modifying a custody order or visitation schedule, the Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar will work tirelessly to ensure that the best interests of your children are strongly considered and that you achieve your ideal custody and visitation arrangement. Mr. Arenivar will work with you to understand your needs and the needs of your children before pursuing an aggressive course of action to meet these needs.

Child Support

California courts determine child support based on uniform guidelines provided by the State. However, the guidelines can be difficult to navigate for parents going through a complex divorce or child support case. The needs of the children and the financial circumstances of our clients must be carefully considered to achieve the best outcome. Mr. Arenivar will take these factors into consideration and work with you to establish an arrangement that meets your needs. We work with clients both paying and receiving child support. No matter the nature of your arrangement, we will help protect your interests throughout the litigation process. If you need to modify a support order, we also offer representation in modification of support orders.


Spousal Support

California state law provides that either party in a divorce (husband or wife) can request spousal support from the other. Whether you are seeking to establish or oppose a support order, or wish to modify a temporary existing support order, Mr. Arenivar can protect your best interests and provide sound legal advice to achieve the best possible outcome. We will put our skill and experience to work to help you resolve your spousal support issue and maintain your standard of living. If you need to modify a support order after a divorce judgment is finalized, we also offer representation in post-judgment modification of support orders.

Property Division

California courts have the power to equally divide the community assets and liabilities of the parties in a divorce. Litigating a divorce can be both financially and emotionally draining. A property division battle in court could hinder your ability to move forward in life. Mr. Arenivar will utilize his experience to balance the need to establish your rights, with the need to preserve your future through a collaborative and amicable property division process.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects millions of men and women across the country, and legal recourse is often the first step in breaking the cycle of abuse. Whether you are victim of domestic violence or need help with defending a domestic violence charge, the Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar will provide you with experienced and highly qualified representation. Mr. Arenivar will handle your case with discretion and compassion, while exhausting all our legal options to ensure that you and your children are protected. We will help you with your immediate legal representation needs in a domestic violence matter, such as protective orders and/or restraining orders.

Restraining Orders

Immediate legal representation in a restraining order case is vitally important in guaranteeing your safety, the safety of your loved ones, and protecting your rights. At the Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar, we move quickly to ensure that you are never without the protection of the law when you need it most. Whether you are seeking a restraining order or if you need help defending against a restraining order, we are ready to help you. We will help you understand the process of obtaining or defending a restraining order, as well as your immediate and legal options if that court order is violated.



If you are an unmarried mother or father, you can file a legal action to establish paternity of your minor child. Establishing paternity will allow a noncustodial parent to have custody and visitation rights, while also establishing a child support obligation. The interests of the parties may conflict and serve to complicate the legal proceedings. This can leave our clients feeling overwhelmed and confused. Mr. Arenivar will cut through the confusion and help you understand your rights and obligations under law. With his experience you will have the comfort and peace of mind in knowing that your needs are fairly represented during the course of the litigation.

Post-Judgment Modifications (Custody, Visitation & Support)

Circumstances may change after your judgment has been finalized, and you or your ex-spouse may request changes to the terms of the judgment. If you need to make adjustments to your child custody & visitation, child support, or spousal support judgment, we can assist you in making the changes and ensure that you are fairly represented. Mr. Arenivar will help protect your rights and pursue your best interests during litigation.