M. Stephen Cho, Attorney at Law

Experienced Rancho Cucamonga Divorce Attorney

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Firm Overview

Prior to the formation of the firm, I served as a founding partner in the Law Office of Cho and De La Cerra. In 2008, I had a different vision for the firm and decided to form M. Stephen Cho, Attorney at Law.

At the Law office of M. Stephen Cho, the clients are our number one priority. We are extremely aggressive and will fight hard to get you the best possible outcome. We focus on giving each and every client's individual attention and we are always mindful of the needs of each client. We pride ourselves on producing good work and stellar representation. Our attorneys will always keep each client fully informed of their case.

Example cases

EC v. RS: Petitioner EC had full custody of her daughter. Respondent RS had visitation on alternating weekends. After much discussion between the Petitioner and the Respondent, Petitioner believed that the Respondent gave verbal consent to have the Petitioner move to another state with their daughter. The Respondent claimed that verbal consent was never given. After the Petitioner moved to another state, the Respondent filed an Order to Show Cause - RE: returning the child to the State of California. California had jurisdiction of the child. Petitioner hired the divorce attorneys from M. Stephen Cho's office in Rancho Cucamonga and asked the office to defend the return of the child. After a heated hearing, the Court ruled that the Petitioner had the right to move to another state with the child after assessing that the best interest of the child was to remain with the Petitioner. The Petitioner was allowed to move the child outside the State of California.

CR v. RR: Petitioner CR filed a post judgment Order to Show Cause for a modification of child custody, child support, and attorney's fee. Respondent RR hired our Rancho Cucamonga attorneys from M. Stephen Cho's office to respond to the Order to Show Cause. Both the Petitioner and the Respondent were full time county employees with virtually the same month income. However, the Petitioner claimed that the Respondent had additional income from the operation of the Respondent's business. The Petitioner claimed that the Respondent's business income was $10,000 per month, which justified an increase in the child support and an order for a recovery of Petitioner's attorney's fees. The Respondent claimed that after paying all of the business expenses, the net income was $500 a month. After a bench trial, the Court ordered an increase of child support by $2,000 and an order of approximately $25,000 in attorney's fee payable to the Petitioner by the Respondent.

Our Rancho Cucamonga office believed that the Court failed to take into account the legitimate business expenses of the Respondent and that the increase in child support by $2,000 and approximately $25,000 in attorney's fee was an abuse of discretion. Therefore, the divorce attorneys filed an appeal to the California Court of Appeals. After 15 months of waiting, the Court of Appeal reversed the child support order and the award of attorney's fee.

Main Office

Main
10535 Foothill Boulevard
Suite 460
Rancho Cucamonga  CA  91730

Phone
  • (909) 581-1445
Fax
  • (909) 581-1332

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

At M. Stephen Cho, Attorney at Law, we always offer free consultations. There are no time restrictions for the consultation. Our Rancho Cucamonga attorneys would like to meet with you and discuss your issue and the options that are available.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Most of our cases are charged on an hourly basis. Our office will offer a discounted hourly rate if new clients mention Nolo.

Hourly Rates

$360.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Lizett Delgado.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish and Korean.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose family law and bankruptcy as my primary areas of practice because I experienced the pains from my parents and wanted to help others going through similar problems. Living through my parents' divorce was difficult for me and I want to be able to help those going through similar problems. I have lived through the emotional pains and can empathize with my clients. As mentioned above, my parents were small business owners and I saw them go through difficult financial times. I understand the stress financial pressures can put on people and I want to help others get a fresh start.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We do not think it is necessary for clients to educate themselves on legal issues. As our client, we do our best to handle all of your legal matters. We will answer any questions you have regarding the legal aspects of your case. We only ask that you are truthful and thorough in presenting all facts to us so that we can effectively represent you.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Our office is willing to review documents prepared by clients; however, we prefer to draft legal documents in order to ensure it is done correctly.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Unfortunately, we do not coach clients who want to represent themselves. It is impossible to prepare a client for each and every issue that may arise during litigation. If you are in need of legal representation in Rancho Cucamonga, please contact our office to set up a free consultation.

M. Stephen Cho

I have never worked for a firm. I began my legal practice as a sole practitioner in the Law Office of M. Stephen Cho. In 2006, I was a founding partner in the Law Office of Cho and De La Cerra.

Being a student and a teacher of martial arts has helped make me a better lawyer. I learned important qualities such as perseverance, discipline, and hard work.

I have a wealth of trial experience and have broad knowledge of evidentiary rules which allows me to competently present a case and litigate it to the conclusion. I am extremely aggressive and will always fight hard for my clients.

Personal interests:

I enjoy volunteering my time with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. I also enjoy bikram yoga and fine dining.

License
  • Bar Number: 218430
    California , 2002
Education
  • Western State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2000
    Fullerton, CA
  • University of California, Riverside
    Bachelor of Arts , 1995
    Riverside, CA

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