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Stephen Lloyd Cawelti

Child support Attorney at Burbank, CA

4.3   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
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My firm handles all aspects of divorce and family law related matters: small, medium and large. We are particularly adept at domestic violence matters, complex property division and breach of fiduciary duty issues. From custody to support to hidden assets, we do it all. Whether you are just planning or in the middle of litigation, we can help.

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Law Offices of Stephen L. Cawelti, APC
2501 W Burbank Blvd.
Suite 300
Burbank, CA, 91505


4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2022
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I’m so grateful to Stephen Cawelti and his staff for helping me get full custody of my son!
His patience and expertise really paid off - I couldn’t ask for anything more! He listened to my concerns and opinions and really took them into account. He was able to negotiate everything I wanted and took the time to find the right solution that would maximize the end result. I’m so grateful to Stephen Cawelti and his staff for helping me get full custody of my son!
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Posted by Emily | June 23, 2021
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So grateful I found Stephen!!
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for Stephen. I called him during a very stressful time in my life and he was calm, understanding and really listened to me. During the process he and his team were very quick to get back to me, coming up with different avenues when one didn't workout. I always felt like they had my best interest at heart and really cared about my case. During the process in court Stephen was ASTOUNDING. He helped me understand what was going on, gave me helpful feedback and was making sure I was doing ok as one day in court turned into three. I felt safe on the stand knowing he was in court with me. He even made time in between days to call me on the phone and prepare me for the following day going through even small details so I would be prepared for anything. Hearing him give the closing argument for me gave both me and my friend (who was by my side) chills. He really is meant to be a for this line of work. His strong voice, protective personality and quick wit make him the best kind of lawyer. He has a real presence in the court room. After Stephen had won my case, I called my family and friends and just went on and on about how blessed I felt that God had put Stephen in my path to help me through a difficult time. Don't even waste time looking around. Stephen is worth every penny. He's your guy! I hope I wont even need a lawyer again but if I do, I know who I'll be calling. Thank you Stephen!! I am forever grateful for you!
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Response from Stephen Cawelti June 23, 2021
Emily, Thank you so much for the kind review. You were an excellent client, and it was a privilege to represent you as your attorney. We are grateful that we were able to help you achieve the results that you deserved!
Posted by Elizabeth | March 29, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
I have worked with Stephen at several junctures when dealing with an ex and child support issues. Stephen has been phenomenally patient at explaining my legal options to me at every stage while also being 100% respectful of my decisions about how to proceed, even when it meant he would make less money. I strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Monica | March 18, 2021
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A phenomenal family attorney with integrity and compassion
Stephen is a phenomenal family attorney, and someone who brings so much compassion, integrity, and fairness to his work. He and his wonderful staff (thanks Jonnie!!) are friendly, helpful, knowledgable, affordable, and attentive. They gave me hope (and results!) during my child support case. I feIt supported and heard, and am so grateful to have been referred to him several years ago. I highly recommend Stephen for all your professional legal needs!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2020
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Get your divorce done right the first time
The first lawyer I went to took forever to return my calls and emails. In the end I felt like I didn't get the greatest deal for support. I decided to consult with Stephen Cawelti and boy does this guy know what he's talking about. He pointed out several areas where my other attorney didn't come through for me. He explained to me in a way I could actually understand, (not a bunch of legal speak that went over my head like my first atty) and I immediately felt comfortable that he could help me. He treated me like I was a person, not a nuisance when I had questions. He ultimately got my support in a better place. I'm so grateful, I feel like a weight is lifted and I can move on with my life now.
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Posted by Sandra | August 23, 2019
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Top Notch
Highly recommend if you want an experienced attorney that will fight hard on your behalf. And believe me when I say he goes WAY "out of his way" to support you. There are no issues involved that are ever left out of his review. This firm gave me the best representation I could ever have asked for. I am advising you to call this professional team. Our judge said his paperwork "was the only time he's seen it done 100% correctly".
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2018
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Excellent Family Lawyer
The process of Divorce is difficult. I had talked with other Lawyers before I chose Stephen Cawelti. He was patient in explaining what to do. He was always available to answer my questions. Stephen was able to negotiate an amazing agreement for me. I was working 2 jobs since my Ex Husband had not worked in years. We have 2 children and I was trying to pay all the bills. I was worried about needing to pay Spousal Support to my Ex, on top of everything else. Stephen wrote a stipulation that I would not pay Spousal Support and my Ex signed it! I'm so grateful! I highly recommend Stephen Cawelti for any family law matter.
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Posted by D.H. | May 11, 2016
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Great For Damage Control
I came to Simpson Cawelti when my ex got into a physical altercation with our 14 year old and then filed to increase child support. Previously, we'd gotten along okay but the drama was getting worse and then she had a meltdown. My attorney, Stephen Cawelti, managed to establish a rapport with her and guided my case through the system. He helped me switch custody and get child support at a reasonable amount in spite of her resistance. I'm so grateful that I had Stephen on my side, it made all the difference.
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Posted by Jill | March 30, 2015
Knowledgable Family Law Attorney
I was a pro se litigant who needed assistance in preparing paperwork for an upcoming exparte hearing with my ex-husband and his lawyer. A friend told me about Stephen, and I contacted him and explained my situation. He was very helpful and understanding that unfortunately I could not hire him to take on my entire case, but did need the assistance in completing the reply document I needed for the hearing. Stephen helped me write an outstanding reply document that explained to the court my position, assisting with the relevant statutes and cases that supported my position. Because of Stephen's assistance, my exhusband's exparte request was denied. Stephen is very knowledgeable in the family law area. He takes the time to understand your case and will respond quickly either by phone or email when you have a question. We had a tight turn around to have my reply ready for the hearing and Stephen was available to help walk me through every part of the process. I have and continue to highly recommend Stephen.
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Response from Stephen Cawelti March 18, 2018
So glad I could help, Jill. Thanks for the heartfelt review.
Posted by Laura | March 12, 2015
Excellent Attorney!
Stephen handled my case for child custody/visitation issues a few years after my divorce and then again when I needed to request visitation exchanges to be at a local police station. It was a really difficult time and he made everything so much easier. Stephen is by far the best attorney I've ever worked with. Through my job there are about 100 or so attorneys that I've worked with in the past and still do. There is a big difference between the other attorneys and Stephen. Stephen actually LISTENED. Not just superficially, with the "Yeah - I got it" and brush off I'm used to, but he really made sure he understood the situation fully. He explained everything, including options and probable scenarios, kept me informed, and kept me from panicking at court. The outcome was even better than I anticipated. I actually can't say enough good things about my experience. I hope I never need to go back to court, but if I do I will certainly call Stephen. I know that I don't have to worry as long as he is representing me.
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Posted by Bene | June 21, 2013
Omg Stay Away from him!!
For a simple divorce: no kids, no assets, and an already drafted agreement from my ex and I, I paid $2500 for my divorce and it took two years. I so badly regret ever going to Stephen, not only did he disclose my address to my psycho ex (which I specifically asked him repeatedly not to) until I threatened to sue him, he clearly sent my case over to his legal assistant to deal with and took forever in responding to me. My aunt paid the same for her extremely complicated divorce and it took six months. At my final court date Stephen had not informed me (or did not know/failed to do himself) that my agreement needed to be notarized. So after two years I was finally divorced but my lawyer failed to even notarized my agreement with my ex. What a joke, please if you value your money stay away from him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2011
Needs to go back to law school
I normally don't give reviews for anyone unless they're superb or poorly portray themselves. Stephen needs to go back to the basics and study up on family law. He does not to return your calls nor can you trust what you tell him because he shares incorrect info with the other lawyer's. Which tells me he isn't listening. I can only say that he was fairly cheap and dressed professional but you get what you pay for I suppose.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Stephen L. Cawelti, APC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Simpson | Cawelti LLP
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Thomas L. Simpson, A Law Corporation
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Firm of Fox and Fox
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • J.D.
  • 2005
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991


  • Pasadena Superior Court Family Law Mediation Panel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2013
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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law E-News
  • To Appear or Not To Appear, That Is the Question: Trial Courts Cannot Grant Excessive Relief
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is an exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Stephen has been my opposing counsel in matters involving complex issues of property division. He is knowledgeable and focused on resolving matters for the benefit of the parties."

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Burbank Child support Lawyer Stephen Lloyd Cawelti
Stephen Lloyd Cawelti
Child support Attorney
Burbank, CA
Licensed for 17 years