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Sahar Mahrukh Douraghy

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Laguna Hills, CA

5.0   16 reviews

also known as OC Child and Family Formation Law Group

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sahar

Learn Sahar’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    30%
    Parents through Surrogacy, Parents through Egg Donation, Surrogate/Egg Donor Representation and Judgments of Parentage

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation, Move Away and Minor's Representation

  3. Mediation
    20%

  4. Adoption
    10%
    Independent Adoption, Step-Parent/Domestic Partner Adoption, Adoption Litigation, Foster Adoption, International Re-Adoption, Termination of Parental Rights

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%
    Divorce, Legal Separation, Mediated Divorce, Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships, Spousal Support and Alimony

  6. Family
    10%
    Our Firm handles all aspects of Family Law Matters from divorce, legal separation, mediated divorce, child custody and support, spousal support, guardianship, grandparents rights, independent adoption, step parent adoption, establishing parental relationships, parentage/surrogacy as well as infertility law.

Sahar Douraghy is a licensed attorney in California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine with majors in Criminology, Law and Society and Political Science. During law school, she studied abroad in the London Program where she served as a Law Clerk for a prominent Family Law Solicitor. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, she began practicing at a family law firm.  After 12 years of exclusive family law practice, Sahar became a founding partner of OC Child and Family Formation Law Group, LLP. 

Throughout her law school career Sahar worked for various different public interest groups including, Legal Aid Foundation, The Alliance for Children's Rights, and Children's Law Center. Her past experiences have provided her with a deep compassion and commitment for fighting for children and helping families.

Sahar practices in all areas of children and family law with a major focus on children's issues, minor's counsel cases, custody matters, adoptions, surrogacy/ovum donation, dissolutions, and mediations.

Sahar particularly enjoys helping to create families. She loves working with prospective adoptive parents and birth parents to find a perfect match and bring a child into a loving home.

Sahar's time studying abroad cultivated her love for travel and experiencing new cultures. Sahar is an avid Angels fan, enjoys traveling, attending games and concerts and spending time with family and friends.

Location

OC Child and Family Formation Law Group, LLP
23441 South Pointe Drive, Suite 270
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653

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Reviews

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Posted by Alicia | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgable, Fast, & Friendly!
Sahar is very knowledgable! She helped me with all of my Embryo Adoption/Donation contracts and needs. She had answers to all of my questions and even gave me more information I didn't know I would need. She was very fast with her work and extremely prompt respond to all of my questions, comments, and concerns. She happily calmed me and got me through each step of the way! Sahar also gave great resources and references for other needs that I had. I would highly recommend her to help you through your lawyer needs!
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Posted by Jennifer Bennett | August 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A client that couldn't have done it without you!!!
This review should have been made several years ago and for that, I'm truly sorry. Sahar worked with Christina Maranhao on my case and absolutely took control of the matter. I was, as usual getting steamed rolled by my son's father, a millionaire literally. His team of well paid attorney's launched smear campaign after smear campaign and he didn't even want custody which was the most confusing, He just didn't want to pay support for his only child who has autism and that's a fact as he made that very clear. Sahar Douraghy was having absolutely none of that nonsense. It was as if she took it personally. It was a matter of principal, of course, but she seemed as though that seriously rubbed her the wrong way. She put a stop to that smear campaign immediatley! No joke! The defense immediately stopped calling my friends the minute Sahar sent them a letter which honestly, it seemed as though it put the fear of God into them. The defense seriously straightnened up after that. Sahar and Christina Maranhao weren't going to be intimidated nor allow their client, a single mother of a special needs son, to be bulldozed in such a shameful fashion. If anyone ever has the misfortune of having to deal with such challenging matters, do yourself a favor and at the very least, get a consult from Sahar Douraghy, I've never seen anything like her nor Christina Maranhao! And trust me, I've had several attorneys in the past who, compared to these two ladies, appeared to be afraid of their own shadows! Thank you, Sahar Douraghy. Ryan and I will be forever in you debt!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2021
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"Peace of Mind" Experience
I needed a review of a Surrogacy Contract quickly. I initially found Sahar via a Google Search and reached out. She responded to me promptly. We had a nice conversation and I obtained her services to review a Surrogacy Contract with an outside agency. I felt her fees were extremely reasonable and fair. Within 1 day, Sahar responded back that she had reviewed the (very lengthy 25 page contract). I was so grateful for her fast response, as we are anxious to get the process started. Sahar spent an hour with me going through the contract, and pointing out areas where she felt I should dive deeper, ask clarification questions. She also pointed out areas of risk. It was very evident that Sahar is an expert in Surrogacy Law and she has the best interest of her clients in mind. Her many years of expertise in this area, writing surrogacy contracts for clients, reviewing surrogacy contracts, and working with Agencies, Intended Parents and Surrogates really shined through in her review. She was able to explain specific examples (relative to my contract), where she had a client, or knew of a situation in the past, where the terms of my contract would be an issue. It helped me put into context the legalese, by explaining a real-life situation that she had been involved in. I am so grateful I found Sahar. She's easy to talk to, and gave me the confidence and peace of mind I needed to go back to the agency and discuss points I feel need to be addressed. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Ola | March 31, 2020
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Very satisfied client
I can't thank Sahar at OC Child and family formation Law group enough. From the beginning she was so helpful at giving me the right information. They are so knowledgable about the whole process and will hold your hand through it to make it feel so simple. They work at the clients pace and her attention to detail is amazing. I felt like I had a one on one relationship with them and they were very accessible with quick responses. I think they are very affordable compared to other attorneys around here and they know Orange County very well so Sahar gave accurate advice all the time. I'm so glad I chose this firm and they completed all my needs with little stress on my side. Thanks so much for everything Sahar!
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Posted by Keith | July 4, 2019
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Absolutely amazing
I hired Sahar Douraghy for a divorce attorney and couldn't be happier with her. Her knowledge of the court system and family law is unbelievable. She knows what each judge likes to see from you in court and will always have you very prepared. She is constantly in contact with you preparing your case. She will break down your best and worst case scenarios so you don't get blind sided, but will also let you know how your judge will properly rule according to how she has seen him rule in the past. My ex wife's first attorney was a hard nose axe swinging attorney who came in trying to cut me down. Sahar was absolutely fearless and ran that attorney through the mud. If you need a cut throat attorney ,Sahar is for you. On the flip side my ex wife's second and third attorney's were not so aggressive. So Sahar was also very sensitive to our situation and worked diligently with those attorneys to settle the divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible with always looking out for your best interests. One of the main things I loved about Sahar is that she tells it like it is. If you are being difficult about anything or fighting over something small ,she will immediately call you out on it and get you to do the right thing. Which is very important during a divorce because sometimes you are fighting with emotions and not doing what is right. I am a father of two young girls. Sahar won me full use of the family home, full use of the family car, 100%sole legal ,physical custody of both children, over a stay at home mother. If that doesn't tell you what kind of attorney sahar is then I don't know. As for her price!!! You can't afford not to have her fighting for. Her rates are very reasonable, but you will feel like your getting a deal with the caliber of attorney that you get with Sahar. Divorce is a battle go into it with the best out there. 5 star doesn't do her justice if I could give her ten stars I would.
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Posted by steven | January 8, 2019
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The Best!!!
Sahar Douraghy is really amazing! She saved me from a complete disaster with my divorce. Very helpful and professional!
Posted by Reya Medina, MD | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Love her!
Sahar helped me get through this difficult time of my life. She did not only give me legal advise but had gone beyond that. She had been there to console me when I am in panic. She always respond when I text or email her. I always get my answers to my questions. She reassured me when I am frantic. I really appreciate all her help and support through the process. I am a type A personality who had always been in control and the divorce process is very difficult for me. I would like to thank Sahar for being so understanding during those bad days. I couldn’t have been more grateful! I cannot thank her enough and the staff for being so nice all the time.
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Posted by Doug | January 29, 2018
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Excellent, Honest & Objective Attorney
Sahar has assisted us with several custody issues between my wife and her ex-husband. She has been extremely objective and many of the things she predicted would happen in court, did indeed happen just the way she said. Sahar is a hard worker who is honest and open. If she thinks you have a strong case or not, she will give it to you straight. She has done a great job advocating for us. She along with Sheryl Edgar are excellent and we continue to use them as issues come up.
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Posted by Jojo | January 22, 2018
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SHE'S THE BEST!!!!
I hired Sahar in 2010 to complete my divorce which she did in a timely, professional and caring manner. She was sensitive to the difficult time I was going through and always looked out for my children and their future when negotiating the terms. Several years later, I was taken to court by my ex husband but because of her expertise and such a well written divorce, I was able to excel and win in all areas. She has always been available to consult with either by phone or in person in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Sahar!!!
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Posted by Nia | September 24, 2017
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Simply the best
Sahar and the staff at the firm are very friendly and caring, which helps put you at ease. Sahar is straight forward which I love, she let me know that the challenges I would be facing in the move away case. She explained to me the steps that would happen throughout my case and what the judge may ask. I always felt fully prepared for each hearing, the evaluation, and trail. Whenever I had questions or concerns she was available. She truly cares about her clients. She also provided a sliding scale for payments. The office also provided a payment plan. What I appreciate the most is when I was feeling low or down about the case she helped inspire me to continue on with my head raised high. After a 10 month journey we came out with the victory.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
The best of the best
The best of the best! When dealing with family law it can be very frustrating and very emotional all at the same time and there are some very insensitive attorneys that are in practice that seem to escalate those emotions but that is NOT the case with Center for Children and Family Law. From the front office staff when you first arrive to the attorneys and to the back of the house administrators it doesn't get any better. They listen, are caring, offer solutions and are upfront and honest. They work with you and guide you though the process because with the courts it really is a process. Can not say enough great things about Sahar and Sheryl. Thank you for everything that you have done for our family.
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Posted by Shana | January 7, 2014
I highly recommend Sahar
Sahar is very caring and thorough - you can trust her. She is very much in your corner but very fair and real. She's truly competent and at the same time very compassionate. Sahar is completely fabulous!
Posted by John | October 30, 2013
Informative and helpful
Sahar was great in handling issues in a volatile/unreasonable divorce. Always the voice of reason. She provided helpful information and "how courts/judges would generally rule or how the law sees the situation". She was able to be reached and responded timely. Very knowledgeable.
Posted by Aaron | June 5, 2013
Gets the job done
Sahar was my attorney for the final stages of my case. She quickly and diligently helped me get my decision in a very quick matter.
Posted by Paul | June 1, 2013
Got It Done
Sahar was the perfect middle person with my case. She took care of what needed to be done and kept me informed. I had several issues with the billing department because I had two different case accounts. I would call her and she took care of it quickly. She answered all my questions the same day when needed.
Posted by Gladys | May 29, 2013
Help me trumendouly through a tough divorce.
Ms. Douraghy helped me with a very difficult case, she answered all my questions in a timely fashion and went over and beyond I felt on many occasions. I was more than happy with all the outcomes of my case and have recommended many friends who would need her service. I feel she has done a fine job and if I need her services again won't hesitate to seek her again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • OC Child and Family Formation Law Group, LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • A Center For Children & Family Law
  • 2006 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Children's Law Center of Los Angeles
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • The Alliance for Children's Rights
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Union Rescue Mission, Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Summer Associate
  • Legal Aid Foundation Of Los Angeles
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Margaret Bennett Solicitors
  • 2003 - 2003
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Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wilson v. Bodine
  • Marriage Terminated Earlier Child Support Order

Associations

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Farsi

Honors and Awards

  • 10th Anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Oasis Senior Center
  • Grandparent's Rights
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (14)
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Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Laguna Hills Contracts and agreements Lawyer Sahar Mahrukh Douraghy
Sahar Mahrukh Douraghy
Contracts and agreements Attorney
Laguna Hills, CA
Licensed for 18 years