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Douglas Xavier Arenivar

Divorce and separation Attorney at Whittier, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
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Douglas Xavier Arenivar is a licensed attorney in California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and obtained his JD at UCLA’s School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2002.

With over 10 years of experience practicing Family Law, Mr. Arenivar is well-versed in cases involving divorce, child custody & visitation, and spousal support. He provides additional services, including representation in criminal cases, Immigration Law, and Personal Injury suits. 

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Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar
6528 Greenleaf Ave Ste 121
Whittier, CA, 90601


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Posted by Wendy | June 21, 2022
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Phenomenal lawyer
Mr. Douglas Arenivar is an outstanding lawyer. He was super patient with me, professional and guided me throughout my whole process. The thought of going through a whole custody battle while juggling work, school, and being a single mom was not easy. My ex put me through hell, but once I hired Douglas as my lawyer. My case was smooth, he got my ex to pay out most of my attorney fees, got child support now and won my custody battle. I highly recommend Douglas without a doubt and I will forever be grateful.
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Posted by Paulina | October 26, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer very Happy client
Mr Douglas Arenivar has been a great blessing to have you as a Lawyer. Mr Douglas Arenivar is very intelligent, patient, respectful and very professional lawyer. He represents me in an exceptional way and the communication was excellent. Mr Arenivar took my case and helped me win Full Custody of my son for which I will be infinitely grateful.
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Posted by Sandra | January 27, 2021
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Happy Client!
When you first get married you never imagine that you will ever need a divorce attorney later in the future. Divorce is a difficult process and I did not know where to begin. Thankfully, I got referred to Mr. Arenivar and made a great choice by hiring him. I first got a consultation from him and he was very polite and did not rush me into making a decision to move forward with him. After a few weeks of research I made the decision to hire to him and it was a great choice. Throughout the entire process he was very patient and he would not mind explaining things over until I understood, which I really appreciate. He always returned calls/emails in a timely manner. He is very knowledgeable and I like the fact that he is honest and straight forward and always kept me updated on my case. I hope I never have to go through a divorce again, but if I did I would definitely seek his help again. I have also recommended him to my family and they too are happy with his services thus far. I’m a happy client!
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Posted by frankllin landaverde | June 5, 2020
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family law attorney
On November 29 2018 my wife filled for divorce. At that time I asked her not to hired an attorney. Unfortunately she was adviced by a close relative to hired an attorney. i didn't know what to do. Her attorney wanted to much on alimony to the point were I was going to be working to just to support her. I remember Douglas he was a customer of the dealership I work for. I called him set up an appointment. and by the time we went to court Douglas managed to negotiate the alimony to one fraction of what her attorney was demanding from me. And for five years instead of the life term she wanted.
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Posted by Emily | May 25, 2017
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Best lawyer ever :)
I hired Douglas to represent me in a family law matter which was somewhat complicated and messy. He was very patient and understanding and helped guide me along the way. He organized my case and always showed up early to my hearings. He was excellent in cross-examination and proved my case very thoroughly. I would gladly recommend Douglas to anyone seeking an experienced professional in this industry.
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Posted by Angelica Camacho | October 2, 2016
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Outstanding lawyer worked hard for my daughter.Very honest stated the facts only,Managed to have my daughters sentence reduced from a felony to mideamenor. Recommend his services for any case
Posted by Felix | July 13, 2016
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Hired him to work on Custody and Visitation case as well as Child support..he was able to get me my visitation for my children and to lower my child support payment as a result of the visitation. As with any case the complexity of the situation must be addressed by a skill litigator.
Posted by Erica De Santiago | March 29, 2016
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Douglas Arenivar
Going through a divorce is not easy; it’s not only extremely stressful, but it’s even harder when you have kids involved. Not knowing where to start, what the process is, and being completely clueless totally described me prior to meeting Douglas Arenivar. I have personally had the opportunity to work with Douglas after I was working directly with a Paralegal whom I was dissatisfied with. I felt like my Paralegal was always in a rush and didn’t have the law background I needed to help me with my situation. I then reached out to Douglas and was so glad I did. From the first consultation I had with Douglas I was blown away with his knowledge and professionalism. He was always very thorough in explaining the entire divorce process and guided me through each step. Douglas has always been someone who first listens, and then will give you his opinion and advice before making any decisions. He has always made himself available to answer any questions at all times of the day. Douglas was also big on resolving issues between both parties versus dragging on the case knowing how costly divorce can be. I would recommend Douglas in a heartbeat he has the education, legal skills, and dedication to assist anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by brian | December 11, 2015
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Pleased as punch
I hired Douglas after firing my previous attorney. My previous attorney was not responding to any of my feedback about how my case was being handled and how the case was progressing. After two years and no end in sight, I switched to Douglas. One of the things that I like about Douglas is that he is direct and forthcoming about the likelihood of a particular outcome in the case. No sugar-coating. I'm not looking for my attorney to promise me the world, just give it to me straight. Douglas is also a strategic thinker. He considers the outcome of each available choice carefully. Lastly, he is great at remembering all the details of a case. My previous attorney ran a mill pumping clients in and out and I had to keep reminding her of the details of the case. in hindsight, I'm kicking myself that I didn't make the change sooner. Douglas was focused on my case and with that steel trap of a memory could remind me of details that I had forgotten. I highly recommend him for anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Yolanda Ramirez | September 26, 2014
Excellent Attorney
I have been a client of Mr. Arenivar for years. He has represented me and my family in several legal matters. He is always respectful of my time and has always provided me with outstanding service. He is very knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to his work. He takes the time to review your case and explain things and makes sure that you know what is happening every step of the way. He is a family man and understands the fears and insecurities his clients may be going through. I have had to call him at odd hours of the morning, night and weekends, Mr. Arenivar always returns my calls promptly and gives me his full attention. He has always been upfront and honest with me. In one occasion I consulted with Mr. Arenivar about a case involving my son, he listened and at the end of our conversation he referred me to a colleague of his who he felt had more experience in that particular field. He did not try to take my money knowing that, that was not his specialty. I appreciate his honesty. I felt had it been another attorney he may have agreed to take the case just for the money, and that was not the case with Mr. Arenivar. If you want someone well prepared and aggressive to represent you who will go above and beyond what is required, then you will want to hire Mr. Arenivar. These are just a few of the reasons why I recommend Attorney Arenivar to anyone I know has a legal problem. I feel confident that he always does an exceptional job. Personally I seldom make recommendations but I feel very confident and trust Mr. Arenivars work to refer him to others, especially people I know.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2014
Mr. Arenivar was recommended to me by one of my friends. She told me that he helped her with her divorce and that he was honest, reliable, and very professional. I hired Mr. Arenivar in October of 2011 to helped me with my divorce. He was very helpful throughout the whole process. He was always open to my questions and he answered them truthfully. Mr Arenivar was really good about returning my phone calls and he kept me updated on my case. He was very professional and he did an outstanding job. He made the divorce process a lot of easier and I was satisfied with the results
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Douglas Xavier Arenivar
  • 2003 - Present


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Southeast District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Douglas
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Excellent lawyer. Represents his clients vigilantly but always stays professional. I highly recommend him."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, he is fair and was easy to work with to resolve the issues in the case."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Arenivar is a passionate, gifted and skilled advocate devoted to the best outcome possible for his clients. He possess an exceptional work ethic and commitment to excellence. He is highly recommended for his integrity, intelligence, and character."

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Whittier Divorce and separation Lawyer Douglas Xavier Arenivar
Douglas Xavier Arenivar
Divorce and separation Attorney
Whittier, CA
Licensed for 20 years