Fully Focused On Family Matters
As the name suggests, Acevedo Family Law is attuned to legal issues governing marriage, divorce and care and custody of children. In fact, I am certified as a specialist in divorce and family law by the State Bar of California.
I took a deep dive into this area of law, and I take that same approach with my clients. I want to know everything about your situation — the history, the family dynamics, your hopes for the future and what worries you most. I genuinely believe that the more I know about you the better I can advocate for you in negotiations or family court proceedings.
Contested And Uncontested Divorce
I bring creativity and courtroom skills to divorce proceedings, including division of marital assets under the community property laws of California and related matters such as spousal support (alimony).
Child Custody And Visitation
When issuing child custody and child visitation orders, California courts focus on what is in the child’s best interest. But what does that mean or entail? I can guide you through the process to help you understand California custody law, prepare you for Family Court Services (FCS) mediation, advise you on realistic requests regarding custody and parenting time, and assist you in securing parenting arrangements that best align with your goals. As a mother myself, I understand how crucial these matters are to you. As your lawyer, I understand how delicately we must tread.
I am among the few family law attorneys who have made the effort to learn about surrogacy and stay abreast of this evolving area of law. I represent intended parents in securing surrogacy agreements and pre-birth orders, making sure the rights and responsibilities of all parties are clearly spelled out to avoid disputes.
This procedure involves a parent who has remarried and wishes to have the new partner adopt their child. Unfortunately, to get to the joyful moment of a child being officially adopted by the stepparent, a client must be guided and represented through the difficult and emotional process of terminating the biological parent’s rights over a child. It really comes down to convincing the court of the best interests of the child.
Orders for child support are determined by evaluating several factors, including the income of the parties, certain deductions, custody percentages of each party, and tax filing status. As straight forward as this may seem, this portion of a case involves strategy, disclosure of financial documents and sometimes, extensive discovery. I have experience in both the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) and child support cases in family court, advocating for a party requesting to be paid support, change a support amount, or defending against a support motion.
Spousal support, also known as alimony, is intended to ensure a lesser-earning spouse can maintain an accustomed standard of living after divorce. The court considers numerous factors, including age, health, income disparity, employable skills and sacrifices in the marriage. I have litigated for alimony when merited and against it when the recipient is capable of self-support.
Post-Judgment Modifications And Motions
California Law states that certain portions of family law cannot be permanent, such as child support or child custody and child visitation. As such, custody and support orders are often modified throughout a client’s case. Where one party has not complied with their half of a custody agreement or an order for child support, the other party may seek the court’s intervention to enforce the obligation.
I have successfully filed, negotiated, and litigated post-judgment modification requests or motions on behalf of clients, on both sides of the issues. I am well-versed in the filing requirements and burden of proof.
Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements
Planning a wedding and getting married can be one of the most magical moments in a person’s life. However, statistically, 50% of marriages in the United States eventually end in divorce.
California Law has protections in place in case of a divorce, such as allowing for prenuptial agreements (an agreement by a couple prior to marriage) or postnuptial agreements (agreements by a couple after marriage).
However, both prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements have specific requirements. I can assist you in preparing either agreement and advocate for your best interests, while making sure that the magic of an upcoming wedding or marriage remains as untouched as possible.
Guardianship Of Minors
These matters inherently involve families during a particularly difficult time. I prepare an analysis to help walk each client through the complex court procedures and ultimately assist in keeping children safe, either by opposing a guardianship request or advocating for clients who are requesting guardianship.
Ten Years And Hundreds of Cases
This is my life’s work, and I love what I do. But before you hire me, you probably have questions. Call my San Diego law office at 619-566-9573 to arrange a consultation, or reach out by email to tell me a few details.
I practice throughout San Diego County. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and represent many Spanish speakers who need an advocate in family law proceedings.
Certified in family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization