Elite Representation from a San Bernardino Family Lawyer
Mariana A. Hevia-Cockrell is a family law attorney at the Law Office of Michael R. Young. She has a reputation for knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and compassionate representation. Attorney Hevia-Cockrell graduated with a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before going on to obtain her J.D. at the California Western School of Law.
She obtained admission to practice law in the state of California in June 1989. Since that time, she has maintained her focus on providing elite, effective legal counsel and representing clients in need of a quality San Bernardino family law attorney. Attorney Hevia-Cockrell doesn’t only help people in her work as an attorney—she also volunteers as a Judge Pro Tem in her free time.
In recognition of her volunteer work in this capacity, she has received numerous Certificates of Appreciation from the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles and the Judge Pro Tem Program.
Divorce & Family Law Attorney Dedicated to Giving Back
In 2012, Attorney Hevia-Cockrell joined the team at the Law Office of Michael R. Young. She focuses her work at the firm on divorce and other family law issues in California. She has helped clients obtain successful resolutions in thousands of cases. As a member of the State Bar of California, Ms. Hevia-Cockrell remains passionate about serving people in her capacity as a legal representative, and never settles for less than the best counsel and representation she is capable of offering. Attorney Hevia-Cockrell has been honored and recognized as a Judge Pro Tem judge since 1998.
- She handles a broad range of cases in the area of family law:
- Child custody & visitation
- Child support & spousal support
- Domestic violence restraining orders
- Military divorce cases
- Fathers’ rights
- Separation agreements
- And more
When she isn’t working or volunteering, she loves being with her husband, Tracy, and three stepchildren. Her hobbies and interests include reading, sports, music, traveling, and her dog!
- Thinking about filing for divorce
- Concerned about custody of your children
- Worried about the division of your property
What is a contested divorce
When spouses don’t agree on an issue, whether it involves child custody or spousal support, a divorce is considered contested. It is the most complicated type of divorce, as a couple will need to go through numerous steps to finalize their divorce. Since contested divorces often go to divorce court with a judge, having legal representation during the trial is crucial.
How is spousal support or alimony calculated
There are numerous factors considered when a judge is determining how much and how long alimony should be paid. Some of those factors include the earning capacity of each spouse, how long the marriage lasted, the standard of living during the marriage, each spouse’s health and age, marital debts and property, and the sacrifices each spouse made during the marriage (such as staying at home with the children so the other spouse could work).
Who pays child support and how is child support determined
The noncustodial parent will be responsible for child support if the court determines it is necessary or parents come to an agreement to be approved by the court. The factors used to determined child support include the income / earning capacity of each parent, the number of children shared, each parent’s expenses, child care expenses, and other related issues.
How is property divided
California is a community property state. That means each spouse is given 50% ownership of the property accumulated during the marriage. This can include homes, vehicles, art, checking accounts, retirement / pension funds, small businesses, and other valuables. Items, accounts, or valuables that were kept separate throughout the entire marriage may be considered separate property and are therefore not subject to property division laws.
How long does it take for a divorce to be final
This can depend on a number of factors, such as whether it is a contested or uncontested divorce. Even if a divorce is uncontested, there is a six-month waiting period in California for the judge to grant a divorce. Likewise, those seeking contested divorces must wait six months for a trial to be ordered. How quickly a divorce is finalized will also depend heavily on how easily spouses agree on matters such as child support, property division, alimony, child custody, and other important matters.
Why should I hire a family law and divorce attorney
Going through a divorce or family law dispute can be complicated, confusing, and emotional. Regardless of whether spouses or family members think they are on the same page, having an attorney who is looking out for the best interests of the client can be invaluable. When you hire an attorney, you can have peace of mind knowing your rights and interests will be protected throughout the process. It can also take a great burden off your shoulders during a volatile or emotionally challenging time.
With more than 70 years of combined experience, our divorce and family lawyers are compassionate, caring professionals.
e understand how challenging family law disputes can be, whether involving a heated child custody battle or a complex divorce. As a firm with an AV Preeminent® rating and a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating, we are committed to maintaining a standard of excellence in our representation. Why? Because we know that your family and your future is on the line. When you retain us, you are getting understanding, knowledgeable advocates on your side.
With over seventy years of collective insight, we are well-versed on handling even the most complex family law issues in California, from grandparents’ rights to domestic violence and restraining orders. When you need a compassionate family law attorney that you can trust to have your best interests in mind every step of the way, turn to our firm.
Our legal team strives to secure a favorable resolution as quickly as possible—whether in or out of court. Call us now at (909) 315-4588 to schedule your free consult.
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