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Heather Mellyn Cullen

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence

About Me

 


Family Law Attorney Heather Cullen


 


Riverside Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney Heather Cullen is the Senior Attorney at the Law Office of Heather Cullen.  Attorney Cullen has practiced family law exclusively since 1998.


 


Attorney Cullen is a native Southern Californian who graduated Cum Laude with a duel Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy & in Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside. Attorney Cullen then earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California at Davis, School of Law.


 


Attorney Cullen is currently an active member of State Bar of California.  She is also an active member of the Riverside County and San Bernardino County Bar Associations.
Heather is the founding attorney of the Law Office of Heather Cullen.  The Law Office of Heather Cullen strives to maintain effective, quality relationships with each of our clients.  Each client is treated with integrity and respect for his or her individual needs, goals and objectives while Attorney Cullen and her legal team focuses on intelligent legal representation. We pledge to listen to and communicate with each of our clients.


 


Providing Skilled and Compassionate Counsel in Family Law Matters


 


The Law Office of Heather Cullen is committed to providing high-quality family law representation and legal services. Contact us at (951) 715-4632 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of the firm's skilled Riverside family law attorneys.


 


Personal Attention and Effective Representation


 


At the Law Office of Heather Cullen, personal attention is provided as needed to assist each client in working through every family law issue. The legal practice focuses on all areas of family law, from complicated divorce with complex property division, custody and support to simple preparation of documents in uncontested cases. Attorney Cullen uses the latest technology and cost-effective methods to provide each client with valuable and efficient legal representation.


 


Family law issues such as divorce, child custody and domestic violence are emotional and stressful. We understand that effective representation in this area requires not only experience and legal skill but also the ability to respond to families in crisis. We will communicate openly with our clients in our effort to provide them with the services they need. 


 


High Quality Legal Representation in Every Phase of Family Law Matters


 


Family law matters have deeply personal and life-long implications for every individual associated with them. At the Law Office of Heather Cullen, each client is facing or involved in a time of turmoil and high emotional stress.  Attorney Cullen, and the legal team at the Law Office of Heather Cullen, acts as that of a guide, helping each client through the legal steps in a difficult and usually painful process.


 


The Law Office of Heather Cullen offers high-quality personal legal representation in cases of divorce, legal separation, and domestic partnerships and all associated matters such as property division, child custody, child and spousal support. For more information about the firm and the family law practice, contact the Riverside law office.


 


The firm utilizes the services of a skilled legal team including staff attorneys, paralegals, and researchers who utilize different staff sources to keep client costs reasonable and speed up the resolution of your case. Additionally, the firm manages its case with a sophisticated computerized case and records management system which provides each client with up to date documents and communication


 


Strong Advocacy for Clients in Settlement Discussions and at Trial


 


The Law Office of Heather Cullen provides services that are fast, fair, and thorough. The firm seeks to reduce the financial and emotional toll of divorce, termination of domestic partnerships, legal separation and child custody proceedings through out-of-court settlements when possible. An out-of-court settlement is usually in the best interests of the client because it limits expenses and the stress connected with attending court. However, in some cases, court is necessary. Nevertheless, the Law Office of Heather Cullen provides strong advocacy on behalf of each client at every stage up to and including trial when necessary.


 


 Out-of-Area and Out-of-State Clients


 


Additionally, the Law Office of Heather Cullen is experienced in representing clients who do not reside locally and cannot always appear personally to handle each issue of his/her family law matter. In those cases, the law firm enables out-of-area clients to maintain an effective case while remaining in their home area by using telephone, fax, email, and overnight mail to communicate and resolve issues. Further, it is common for an out-of-area client to appear by telephone in a family law hearing while an attorney from the firm appears in person to represent the party's interest. If this is an option that you are interested in, please discuss it with one of the attorneys at the Law Office of Heather Cullen during your consultation.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Family: 25%
    17 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    17 years
  3. Child Support: 20%
    17 years
  4. Child Custody: 20%
    17 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($130-425/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

33 total 

  • Vince William Finaldi

    Ms. Cullen is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative and caring. I unequivocally endorse her skills in this area of law.

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  • Richard Vernon Swanson

    I endorse this lawyer. She has been aggressive and fair in my litigations with her. She has answered many questions that I have had and has done a tremendous job representing those I have referred to her.

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Contact Info

The Law Office of Heather Cullen

Dedicated Exclusively to Family Law
4094 Chestnut Street
Riverside, CA, 92501

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199805/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Inland Empire Top LawyerInland Empire Magazine2014
Outstanding Women LeadersInland Empire Magazine2014
Outstanding Women in LawInland Empire Magazine2014
Woman of Distinction / Outstanding Women of the Inland EmpireInland Empire Magazine2014
Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Endorsed for Exceptional Skills in the Practice of Family LawLinkedIn2013
Linked In All StarLinkedIn2013
Top MerchantMerchantCircle.com2013
Top LawyerInland Empire Magazine2013
Certified Service ProviderSuperior Business Network (SBN.com)2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Best of 2013: Riverside AttorneyKudzu.com2013
Highlighted Service ProviderThumbtack.com2012
Circle of ExcellenceMerchant Circle2012
Gold MemberThumbtack2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
President and FounderLaw Office of Heather Cullen1998 - Present
Senior Attorney & Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Heather Cullen1998 - Present
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Heather Cullen1998 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationExecutive Member1999 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1999 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationExecutive Member1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1998 - Present
Riverside County Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Member1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
UCR, Chancellor's Advisory CommitteeExecutive Committee Member1998 - 2002
Rotary ClubAttorney Member1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Doe v. DoeSole legal and physical custody to client.
Marriage of Smith, John & JaneParties obtain an equitable judgment with awards of child custody, support and attorney fees.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Law Office of Heather Cullen BlogCalifornia child custody talks should also involve emergency plan2013
Law Office of Heather Cullen BlogFinancial planning important following divorce in California2013
Law Office of Heather Cullen BlogEnjoy the holidays post-divorce in California2013
Law Office of Heather Cullen BlogSetting a positive tone for divorce in California2013
The Law Office of Heather M. Cullen, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Family Law BlogMinimize costs in divorce proceeding in California2013
Article by Heather M. CullenCalifornia court decision on pensions important for divorcing couples2013
Article by Heather M. CullenDivorce can derail a California family business2013
The Law Office of Heather M. Cullen, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Family Law BlogCalifornia grandparents often need more than visitation rights2013
The Law Office of Heather M. Cullen, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Family Law BlogSupreme Court hears child custody case for Native American child2013
The Law Office of Heather M. Cullen, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Family Law BlogPre- and postnuptial agreements help in property division matters2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJuris Doctor1997
University of California at RiversidePhilosophy / Law & SocietyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Riverside City CollegeGeneral EducationAssociate of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NBC News: Press ConferenceFamily Law: Paternity & Custody2014
KTLA News: Press ConferenceFamily Law (Paternity)2014
CBS News: Press ConferenceFamily Law (Child Custody)2014
ABC News: Press ConferenceFamily Law: Custody & Visitation2014
KTLA 5 News InterviewFamily Law2013
KFI AM640 RADIOLaura Whitehurst Plea Deal2013