San Diego Family Law Blog

Child Custody for Christmas and the Holidays

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on November 20, 2022 in Child Custody

Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah are all significant holidays centered around family time, so it is understandable why separated parents would want their children with them during these times. However, the holiday season can be difficult and emotionally charged for divorced parents and their children. The holidays are often when families come together to celebrate, but for divorced families, this can be a time of conflict and stress.read more

The Common Catalysts of Custody Modifications

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on November 10, 2022 in Child Custody

Child custody modifications alter the current custody arrangement to better fit new circumstances or changes in the relationship. There are many reasons why a custody modification may be necessary. For example, perhaps the custodial parent has remarried, and the new spouse is not providing a good environment for the children. Maybe the custodial parent has developed a drug or alcohol problem and can no longer care for the children. Or, the custodial parent may have relocated, and the children are having difficulty adjusting to the new school and community.read more

What Parental Rights Do Sex Offenders Have?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on October 20, 2022 in Child Custody

Child custody is complicated under any circumstances, and even more so when a parent is a registered sex offender. A sex offense conviction can have a significant affect on parental rights. If a parent is a registered sex offender or convicted of a sexual act against a minor, the court could deny both custody and visitation, while still requiring that parent to pay child support.read more

Halloween/Trick-or-Treating Custody Agreements

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on October 10, 2022 in Child Custody

Halloween is a time of joy for children. When co-parenting, both parents usually want to be included in the festivities. Unlike Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other major holidays, Halloween may be left out of the parenting plan. Advance planning can make it possible for everyone to enjoy Halloween and trick-or-treating.read more

How To Best Co-Parent With Someone Who Is Bipolar

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on September 20, 2022 in Child Custody

Bipolar disorder is a very complex mental illness that can have serious effects on a person’s everyday life. Mood swings are prevalent, and can often make the person extremely unpredictable and volatile.

If you have concerns regarding co-parenting with somebody who is suffering from bipolar disorder, it is wise to seek the advice of an attorney to create a situation that benefits everyone.read more

Co-Parenting With An Addict

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on September 10, 2022 in Child Custody

The pressures and worries of co-parenting can be scary enough. However, throw addiction into the mix, and you have the recipe for a highly stressful situation. An addict’s habits can have a major impact on those around them, including their children. Your first instinct might be to try and prevent the addicted parent from seeing the children, but that can raise concerns about damaging the child’s relationship with a parent.read more

What Difference Does The Age of a Divorcing Couple Make?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on August 20, 2022 in Divorce

Numerous studies have purportedly demonstrated a link between a person’s age at marriage and the chance of divorce. When there is a sizable age gap or the couple is close to retirement, age frequently enters into the legal mechanics of divorces. Age can have a significant impact on a divorce’s financial and practical issues.read more

How a DUI Affects Divorce Proceedings

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on August 5, 2022 in Divorce

A DUI (driving under the influence) conviction can have serious consequences for you, including jail time, loss of driving privileges, and fines. However, you may be surprised to know that it may also affect your divorce proceedings.read more

Co-parenting With Someone Who Is a Narcissist

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on July 15, 2022 in Divorce

Narcissism is a personality disorder that affects a small percentage of the population. Symptoms of a narcissistic personality disorder include a lack of empathy, a strong sense of entitlement, and a need for constant attention. A narcissist will not be able to understand how they could be wrong in situations and also have little motivation to change as they will not take responsibility for their actions.read more

Divorcing Someone With Substance Abuse

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on July 1, 2022 in Divorce

Living with a partner with substance abuse problems can be extremely difficult. There are many things about an addiction that are difficult to understand, and this is heightened if you love someone who suffers from substance abuse. Although it may be difficult, there is a way to have lasting relationships with individuals with substance abuse. However, it is also important to make the best choice for you that suits your life. Sometimes, that may be divorce.read more

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