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Annette Cox Sandoval

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chandler, AZ

4.2   33 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2004
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About Annette

Learn Annette’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Ms. Cox Sandoval is experienced both in and out of court representing clients facing divorce. Issues litigated include custody, spousal maintenance and business valuation matters.

    19 years

  2. Child custody
    Ms. Cox Sandoval's perspective on Child Custody matters is that both parties should be considerate of the best interest of the child(ren). Her work focuses on educating clients about workable parenting plans in the midst of conflict.

    19 years

  3. Child support
    Ms. Cox Sandoval - having experience in the family law realm - understands the necessity of child support and ensuring the calculations are fair and accurate.

    19 years

  4. Juvenile law
    Ms. Cox Sandoval is experienced handling dependency, guardianship and related matters in which minor children or Child Protective Services is involved. Ms. Cox Sandoval has served as guardian ad litem and attorney for both parents and children.

    19 years

  5. Criminal defense
    Ms. Cox Sandoval began her career in Pinal County Superior Court, handling adult felony matters. She also served as public defender in both Coolidge City Court and Mesa City Court handling misdemeanor DUIs, Assaults and Theft-related charges.

    19 years

Ms. Cox Sandoval is a dedicated attorney, who is familiar with the challenges faced by many of her clients going through divorce, custody disputes, severances and even the practical challenges of blending a family.  Ms. Cox Sandoval provides direct client case management; when you hire her, she will be your advocate throughout your case.  She also tells you the pros and cons of each strategy to guide you towards the most positive outcome for your family.  Ms. Cox Sandoval educates and advocates for her clients, while keeping in mind the family as a whole.  Ms. Cox Sandoval often serves as a best interest attorney and court-appointed advisor, so she is experienced providing oversight from the child's perspective and is able to target and assess the Court's concerns.  Ms. Cox Sandoval has three daughters from a prior marriage, two stepdaughters and recently welcomed a new daughter, who is the glue to her newly formed blended family.

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Cox Sandoval Law, PLLC
575 W. Chandler Blvd.
Ste. 229
Chandler, AZ, 85225

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4.2 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by Emily | November 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I knew I was in good hands
Annette and Team, - I just wanted to express my gratitude for your help with my divorce and everything that came with it. I came into all of this very naive - believing that we could be as fair as possible and never expecting things to turn as ugly as they did. I never could have imagined how selfish and hateful someone I've always admired for their kindness could be. It was terrifying and humiliating feeling like I was under his thumb and almost completely at his mercy. I'm forever grateful for your help in reaching a resolution in my case and for your guidance along the way. It was a very long road and I couldn't have done this without you. You're right, things didn't turn out 100% the way they should have but I have something I haven't felt in years.. Hope. Thank you for helping me break free. And thank you for being an attorney I could trust. I hope you all have a happy holiday coming up and stay well.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2023
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Thorough, kind and knowledgeable
Annette helped me regain custody of my daughter years ago and was wery insightful throughout the case. Her pricing was fair for what she does. She was referred by another lawyer who spoke very highly of her and I can see why. In the past year I had some questions and she responded to my emails promptly without extra fees which was nice, I went with doing a consultation to have a more in depth conversation as well and she helped me to fully understand more about my new concerns. I recommend her as she is punctual, always prepared and very personal while being professional at the same time.
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Posted by Anthony | May 23, 2019
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Best Attorney in Arizona!
I have been divorced now for over 10 years and since my divorce have gone through three attorneys. My first experience with my first attorney was horrible and no justice was served in my divorce; my ex wife walked away with everything including my children. Since then I have taken my ex-wife back to court and never really truly been able to get justice served. I recently retained Annette Cox Sandoval as my attorney in a custody battle with my ex-wife. My ex-wife was always used to winning and getting her way and justice was never served until recently when Mrs Cox Sandoval took over my case. Mrs Cox Sandoval was very good at gathering the evidence that I gave her an overtime put together an amazing case!!! My ex even tried to get jurisdiction changed after it being 10 years in Arizona to hometown of Nevada. Mrs Cox Sandoval fought for me and convinced our judge to retain jurisdiction in Arizona (which was key to my custody battle)! Recently we were set to go to custody trial and the day before our trial my ex caved in and settled. I finally got justice served and more importantly, my son is now happy and living with me and his family in Arizona!!! Mrs Cox Sandoval is the best attorney that I've had and I will never have to worry again so long as she is in my corner!!! I highly recommend Annette Cox Sandoval to anyone when it comes to family court and or custody disputes!!!! Annette is the best!!!
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Posted by Randy | November 4, 2018
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Amazing Job
I had a very hard time when I found out that my wife had decided to end our marriage after 5years and 10 years of being together. I decided to hire Annette Cox after a consultation with her. It was probably the best decision I ever made. Annette talked me through all the steps and all the paperwork. Annette even talked me through how I should communicate with my ex. She worked with me on payments and was there to answer all my calls. Annette Cox is a great lawyer she is tuff, hard working and fair. I recommend her to all my friends who are in need or feel that there being taken advantage of.
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Posted by MARY | September 18, 2018
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Wouldn't have won our case without Annette!
Awesome lawyer, she really knows her field of expertise! Annette really puts her heart into her work, and makes you feel like a person, not just a number. Highly recommend!
Posted by David | May 16, 2018
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Amazing Lawyer
I couldn’t be happier than with Annette. She was knowledgeable and professional. She gave great advice and knows what she is talking about. She ran circles around the other lawyers that I consulted. I guess that there is a reason why another lawyer referred her to me.
Posted by Juan | March 16, 2018
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Knowledgeable, Respectful, and Represented My Family Professionally
Annette and Terri are amazing, great team constantly updated us through the entire process answered every question and went above and beyond when we needed them to make sure I was being treated fairly by the circumstances. She represented me in a child custody case where the other parent filed for full custody. She fought for what was in the best interest of our daughter and made sure that I understood every step we where taking. I recommend her every chance I get and I will continue to recommend her, she is the best.
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Posted by Liza | December 9, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer and represents professionally
Annette Cox helped me obtain my legal parenting rights in a same sex legal battle. She is an excellent litagator and fought hard to help use the law to protect my rights in unfamiliar territory. I am so grateful to her and proud that my case was able to establish some necessary groundwork in this community. Thank you, Annette!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2017
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Knowledgeable, thorough and caring attorney
Annette helped my daughter with her DCS case. My daughter is in recovery and was referred to DCS when she had her baby. Annette was so knowledgeable about the system and provided calm, non-judgmental and professional support and advise throughout the nearly 1 year ordeal. She was always prepared for each court date and also assisted with the final disposition including the custody determination. I feel like Annette truly cared about my daughter and granddaughter and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal help.
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Posted by Christian | September 27, 2017
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More than I could have ever asked for.
Annette and her team were very cooperative, driven with my goals in mind, extremely knowledgeable, always kept me in the loop and we're always forward and honest. They gave me guidance to follow, do's, don'ts and we're available anytime that I needed them. I cannot thank them enough for the time and effort they put in to make my case correct and resolute. I was dealing with a divorce, child care, child support and I thought I was never going to be able to get anywhere until Anette was referred to me. I truly felt for the first time that I had someone on my side and was able to correct my case lawfully.
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Posted by TG | September 26, 2017
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Honest, hard-working and excellent!
I've had experience with other attorneys and Annette Cox is the best attorney I could have chosen. Ms. Cox is caring, listens to your concerns and works hard to represent you and your family. She takes into consideration all the aspects of your case. Ms. Cox is honest and straight to the point. She is not an attorney that will tell you "just what you want to hear". Ms. Cox will give you a fair and accurate picture of your case and what to expect. Ms. Cox is knowledgeable, dedicated and thorough. She's an excellent female attorney and I strongly recommend her to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Korey | March 16, 2017
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Thank you
Annette and Team were hired for dissolution of marriage. This bad situation was made better by Annette and team. I always felt the case was moving forward, and felt everything was done correct. And it was, Thank you very much. I will return if I ever need consolation again.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great work
She was wonderful. She fought so hard to bring my kids home for me. I would definitely use her again and I'm more than likely going to soon when I get money saved up. She fights hard for your case. I'm glad I found her and hired her. She gave me hope when I didn't have any at all.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
aggressive, Amazing!
Annette has helped me retrieve joint custody and have my children back in my life. She is amazing at everything she does and works hard at everything she does. She knows how to represent definitely. -V.A.
Posted by Amanda | October 16, 2015
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Excellent work
Prior to finding Annette I had represented myself, worked with five other attorneys-- two in California and three in Phoenix-- and accrued some $30, 000 in attorneys' fees. Annette was by far the best, most knowledgeable attorney I worked with during my family court struggle. She gave me sound advice and representation that ultimately lead to the resolution I had been praying for for years. I will be forever grateful to her for the peace of mind my teenage son and I now have thanks to her excellent guidance and work in and out of the courtroom. I highly recommend Annette Cox.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2013
Fought CPS and Won
Annette Cox is a phenomenal attorney. She is smart, savvy, resourceful, strategic, experienced, analytical, organized, competent, and professional. Everything you would want in a lawyer. Annette was my defense attorney in a difficult case against CPS for almost a year. CPS made a bunch of exaggerated, rash, base-less, inferring, and trumped-up allegations and went straight for severance of our parental rights. Not many attorneys even take CPS cases (also known as JD or JS cases), but not only did she take the case, but we won forcing the state to dismiss the case, thus getting full custody of our child back. It’s a fact of life that lawyers are expensive, and Annette’s fees are average with most other attorneys in Phoenix, but it is like the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” In my opinion Annette was worth every penny, because the result was getting my child back from the clutches of CPS, and what price can you put on that? Through our entire battle with CPS Annette always kept focused on the objective and stayed on point forcing CPS to take responsibility for their actions and inactions. In court she was aggressive, straight forward, concise, and represented me in the most accurate and professional way possible. Annette genuinely listened to our concerns without judgment, answered our questions effectively, and was good counsel. Annette has helped our family by fighting and winning against the State when initially our case looked grim. I’m not saying Annette is a miracle worker who will win every case, and if Annette can’t win your case, you can rest assured that you did everything possible you could to win, and at least that will give you some solace. No offense to court appointed attorneys, but it you want someone who actually cares and devotes time and energy into you, your case, and your family, and you care about the results of your case you should do everything in your power to solicit the services of Annette Cox.
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Posted by Carissa | April 4, 2012
Cares for your best interest
although i did not retain ms cox, i did have a consult with her regarding the return of my children, i would have done whatever i could pay her fee, because i knew very quickly that she was very knoweledgeable about working with CPS, and how the process worked. But Ms Cox declined to accept me, but she equipped me with the knowledge i needed to have my kids returned from cps. She told me exactly what to say to get my court appointed attorney to get in a gear and do her job. She cared about my kids not about the money, and I am forever grateful to her for that. I tell everyone i know about her who is need of a family attorney!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2012
my experience with annette cox
She is not only excellent professionally but on a personal level, compassionate, patient, very organized and truly motivated not primarily by money ( as some others in this profession are) but by her clients problems. She made the whole process so much more tolerable!
Posted by Mark | February 7, 2012
Annette Cox is a Super Lawyer I mean that she is able to get in there and do the job. From start to end and keep you up to date on every thing. I feel so blessed to have Annette on my team.
Posted by Shannon | January 4, 2012
Amazing and professional
I very much appreciate all of the hard work that Annette Cox has put into my divorce/child custody case. She is smart, responsible, accurate, and trustworthy. She has always gone above and beyond with my case and she is extremely professional. I highly recommend Annette Cox to anyone who is going through a tough time like I was. She will always treat you with dignity and she is very responsive. Thank you Annette Cox!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Cox Sandoval Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Family Law Clinic, ASU
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Cox & Ryan, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • DeShon Pullen & Associates
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Aslamy & Associates, PC
  • 2006 - 2008
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  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2004
  • Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • Community Legal Services
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southwest Rising Star
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2018
  • Southwest Rising Star
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona
  • 2016
  • Boutique Law Firm of the Month
  • Attorney at Law Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Juvenile vs. Family Court Options
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Annette
Child custody Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on a case and she was always professional and acting in her client’s best interests. High skilled, professional, and efficient. I love working with attorneys like Annette!"
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Annette is a fabulous attorney who truly cares about each of her clients. She has a great reputation with the other family lawyers and with the judges she appears in front of. I have sent clients to Annette in the past and she has always treated them well. I highly endorse her!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because she is an excellent attorney. Annette is a pleasure to work with on a case. Her legal strategy is creative and effective. She is committed to her client's and client's are well served by choosing her firm."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Annette is a dedicated family law attorney, representing her clients with professionalism, zeal, and compassion. I recommend Annette for complex family law matters, especially those involving custody and parenting time issues."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms.Cox. Annette works hard and is a very kind and caring person, always willing to help out. This shows in her practice and dedication to her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Annette and I worked together at my Firm for a number of years. Annette is an extremely knowledgeable and talented attorney. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills and aggressively pursues her clients' rights. I highly recommend Annette!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with many lawyers over the years. Annette is smart and fair. She is also an excellent communicator. I was very glad to have her working with me on a very difficult case. I offer my highest recommendation."
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