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Arelis Hughes

Child custody Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
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Cooper Hughes Law


Cooper Hughes
1915 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite 115
Orange, CA, 92868


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Pichamon | October 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding, knowledgeable and the best lawyer I'd ever recommend to anybody
I worked with a divorce attorney before. I didn't know I could have been more protected until I found Arelis. I wish my previous attorney could have protected me more. Actually, I wish I found Arelis sooner and hired her as my attorney back then. This is the second time I had to go back to court because my ex wanted to stop paying child support. Going through a divorce is very stressful and emotional beyond words can describe. Arelis helped calming me down as I was so lost, nervous and stressed. I didn't even know how to protect myself and my kids because emotions were too overwhelming. Anything to do with court process could be intimidating. Going through all the emotions, I lost my thoughts, didn't know where to begin, what to do and didn't even know what questions to ask. Arelis presented all my options out in a way that I could easily understand. She got me covered in the areas that I did not even think of. Most importantly, she showed me that she cared about my case and wanted to help!! If you feel emotionally exhausted while going through a divorce & want someone who you can TRUST to fight for you, your rights and protect you, I HIGHLY recommend Arelis Hughes. I'll forever appreciate her, her heart & knowledge to help people!!
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Posted by Jane | September 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
She is very specialized and has a lot of experience in the family law. She helped me get through the most difficult time and always gave me very good and particle advise. I like her passion about the work and her care about the client. I would strongly recommend her. She is the best attorney!
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience (considering the circumstances)
Arelis was fantastic. She is very knowledable, efficient and empathetic. My divorce was tricky; it lasted 15 months and involved thousands of piles of paperwork. Arelis made the process as least painful as possible. She is easy to talk to, she gives great advice and she knows her stuff. I would absolutely recommend Arelis.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Totally recommend
I would completely recommend Mrs. Hughes as a family attorney. I originally had gone with a prorated lawyer thru my company and I had to end up firing him. He treated me like as if I was just a burden and wouldn't fight for me in and out of court. He just wanted to settle with my ex spouse even though my ex spouse had recurring substance abuse issues. After my fourth time in court I knew I had to find another lawyer. I made an appointment with Mrs. Hughes and from the very start I really felt that she would fight for me and my child and that I wasn't just going to be another case to her. She really cared. She showed a lot of passion and she was my voice in court. I really needed somebody who understood my case and she took the time to understand. She went far and beyond for my case. If I had not gone with Mrs. Hughes I would have ended up paying a lot of attorney fees for recurring court appointments and would have ended up having to settle for something that was less than what I wanted. With the help of Mrs. Hughes I ended up being able to get full sole and physical custody. And not having to pay any spousal support. -Client
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Posted by Rudy | October 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely happy with my Attorney Arelis Hughes, Highly recommended.
I had hired another Attorney that offered a discount through my employer. this was a huge mistake. I spent a lot of time and money and realized that i was not being represented fairly. I looked online and found several great reviews regarding Arelis. I called and received a free consultation. From my initial consultation with Arelis I knew I had made the right decision. I left the office feeling confident that I was being represented by a professional. Arelis was very organized, well informed and explained every detail about my case. She was also straight and to the point. I e-mailed a list of questions and she would respond immediately to all of my concerns. She represented me beyond my expectations. My only regret was that I didn’t hire Arelis from the beginning. At the Mandatory Settlement Conference we were able to agree on everything. Arelis worked extremely hard to make this happen. She even made sure that we finalized the divorce the same day. I'm confident that if Arelis had not represented me, my divorce case would have dragged on. This would have cost me time and money which i did not have. I left the courthouse with a smile on my face knowing that I was represented very well. I can begin a new chapter in my life. I am very thankful for having found such an amazing attorney. If i could give 10 stars i would. If you want your divorce case done right the first time i recommend Arelis Hughes.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Arelis Hughes Should Be Your Go-To Family Law Attorney
I will always turn to Arelis for my family law matters. My ex prevented my children from flying to my home overseas to see me during my custody periods. Arelis quickly and efficiently obtained court orders that enabled my children to fly to see me and prevented my ex from further interfering with my custody. Thereafter, Arelis expertly represented me in complex modification litigation with my ex and brought those proceedings to a conclusion as expediently and favorably as was possible. In representing me, Arelis consistently displayed a remarkable ability to take complicated facts and present them effectively and simply to an overworked court that could not take the time to evaluate or grant the relief that I sought. This is a rare ability that few attorneys have. Arelis also has a deep and highly nuanced knowledge of substantive family law that greatly helped me. I am an attorney. I also have a lot of experience using family law attorneys, as my divorce lasted 5+ years and I had to use 5 different attorneys during this difficult process. Arelis consistently gave me solid, pragmatic advice and was the most effective litigator with whom I worked.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, professional, compassionate and amazing!
I went thru an extremely difficult, lengthy and nasty divorce but I will always feel grateful to have retained Arelis as my attorney. I deeply respect her professionalism and I trust her expertise tremendously. I strongly recommend Arelis for any issues involving family law. She is rare beyond rare in her aptitude and empathy. A special and remarkable attribute in this profession. Arelis is personable and has integrity. She is honest and straight-forward. She tells you exactly what to expect and won't promise anything unreasonable. Arelis is very genuine, cares about your case, and fights for your rights and the best interest of the family. Every time we had a court appearance, she was always well-prepared, efficient and articulate. Arelis is very knowledgeable and has a passion for what she does. But one thing that sets her apart is the human factor, at the end we are people with emotions and financial difficulties. By being ethical and compassionate she understands the emotional turmoil you may be going through. If you are in the tough situation of having to get divorced, Arelis will be a great advocate. She is just an amazing all around person!
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Posted by Emily | May 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Arelis is the best!
Due to time constraints, my finance and I had to find an attorney in Orange County without a recommendation, which is a stressful thing to have to deal with. He spoke with countless people and really enjoyed the staff at Hendrickson Cooper Hughes. We are SO thankful we decided to go with them. Arelis really took the time to not only understand our case and situation, but also to explain it to us. This made us feel really comfortable and allowed us to trust her decisions 100%. She cared enough to be creative when we needed her to be and most of all, she was careful with our money. This situation has been extremely hard on us, but knowing we chose the right person--a professional with compassion--made it as pleasant as possible. I can't thank Arelis and her team enough.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
forever grateful
Arelis helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. She is considerate and supportive, but she does not sugar coat and is brutally honest, which is what I needed from an attorney. She is an advocate for the family and the children, not just for her clients. I will forever be grateful to Arelis.
Posted by Shonte | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Arelis Hughes is an outstanding attorney. She is very professional, well informed, confident, and personable. Arelis was always prepared for meetings, phone calls, and court appearances. She knew I was very busy and that my divorce had the potential to be very expensive so she made the most effective use of every minute we worked together. Arelis made sure that I knew what I needed for court (paperwork, emails, etc) and she made sure I was mentally and emotionally prepared for court. She offered great advice in an intelligent and non-condescending manner. She made sure that I understood what was being told to me by the court and that I thoroughly understood the terms of the court order. In addition to these great qualities, she was very compassionate, considerate, and respectful. Arelis turned a sad and frustrating situation into an empowering event that enabled me to confidently move forward with my life.
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Posted by Kris | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I first met and retained Arelis over 10 years ago as I went through what proved to be a very brutal divorce. My lovely ex-wife had sadly been drawn in to the emotional drama of divorce and through her attorneys waged war against me and our community assets. Arelis was always the voice of reason as I constantly wanted to fire back and be reactive to the constant legal harassment I was subject to. Following Arelis direction eventually allowed my case to settle outside of an expensive trial. To this day, I am very THANKFUL I found Arelis!! Recently I referred a good friend of mine to Arelis and accompanied him to his free consultation. I personally called Arelis the next day to THANK HER and CONGRATULATE for not getting caught up on the darkside of family law whereas everything is about making money - with little or no regard to the client. Arelis was as I remembered her 10 years ago - HONEST & ETHICAL with GREAT ADVICE to minimize the legal and emotional expense divorce can cause. She advocates SETTLING CASES fairly outside of the courthouse to ensure her clients have a good opportunity to control their destiny versus having it decided for them. THANK YOU AGAIN ARELIS!!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • 2007 - 2018


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of California - San Diego
  • 1997


  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (2)
Endorse Arelis
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am always pleased to have Arelis as opposing counsel on any case. She is thorough, well prepared, compassionate and ethical. She has the ability to help solve even the highest conflict cases."
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Arelis is a creative and hard-working family law attorney. She gets excellent results for her clients and is highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. She is simply the best attorney I have ever met in family law! Arelis will treat your family like her own and work tirelessly for you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mrs. Hughes is the hardest working Family Law Specialist in Orange County. She definitely cares about her clients and works hard to ensure that her clients are happy. She's extremely professional and such a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hughes is a tough attorney. She is knowledgeable in Family Law. Ms. Hughes comes to court always prepared and is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Orange Child custody Lawyer Arelis Hughes
Arelis Hughes
Child custody Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 19 years
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