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How Does Your Income Level Affect a Custody Case?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on July 6, 2022 in Child Custody

Decisions regarding child custody are made by the court based on what is considered to be in the best interests of the child. The income of each parent also plays a role in the court’s decision. While a parent with significant financial resources offers a child more opportunities, the financial status of the parent will have more of an impact on court decisions regarding child and spousal support than in decisions regarding child custody. 

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Will Marijuana Affect My Custody Claim?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on March 1, 2022 in Child Custody

The landscape of the culture regarding marijuana is changing, along with how the public views marijuana and its users. Nevertheless, legal marijuana use could have an impact on a child custody case. In the criminal arena, after recreational use of cannabis became legal in California, many pending misdemeanor possession cases were dropped. In family court, however, it is a different matter, and marijuana use could still arise as an issue.

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Which Social Media Posts Will Hurt Your Custody Case?

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

Your social media posts could impact the outcome of a child custody case. A parent who posts negative content about the other parent on social media may experience consequences that could be avoided. Your best approach is to avoid posting anything on social media, whether images, comments, or any other data until the custody matter is resolved. You can expect that your social media accounts will be reviewed by the other parent’s legal representation.read more

How Will a Court Consider a Child’s Mental Health?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on February 5, 2022 in Child Custody, Divorce

The mental health of both parents and children can play a role in a court decision regarding child custody. It is well-known that parents’ mental health has an impact on children, and that healthy development is linked to the care and support the parents provide. If a parent is dealing with a mental health condition, it is often more difficult to provide what children need.read more

How a History of Mental Illness Impacts San Diego Child Custody Cases

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. in Child Custody

This is the next post in my series discussing how one’s difficult past can impact their San Diego child custody case and how they may deal with the issue. My last post discussed how a past criminal conviction may negatively impact a person’s attempt to win joint custody. In this article I will be explaining why a history of mental illness may or may not affect child custody depending on the situation. If you are a San Diego, California parent then you should contact an attorney immediately for custody cases involving mental illness.

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The Paternal Rights of Sex Offenders

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. in Child Custody

It might be an unthinkable scenario, but unfortunately, it is all too real: a rape victim who has conceived a child during a sexual assault must go to court to prevent her assailant from asserting his parental rights. Depending on where you live in the United States, the laws may not fully protect victims from such a horrible situation.read more

Child Custody Schedules During a Quarantine

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. in Child Custody

California is currently under a quarantine order as required by the Governor’s office, which has limited travel to essential services and put restrictions on public gatherings. Families are all dealing with effects in different ways, from homeschooling children to avoiding any outdoor or recreational activities. However, for divorced or separated parents, there are many questions about child custody plans and if they are allowed to transfer their child between households.

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The Modern “Move-Away” Family

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. in Child Custody

American family life has rapidly evolved in the past few decades. At one time in the not-too-distant past, it was expected that a husband and wife would make their home in a community and remain there as they raised their children. As divorce rates increased, so did the break-up of the nuclear family, dispersing parents and children across cities, states, and sometimes countries.read more

Alleging Abuse in a Custody Dispute

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. in Child Custody

There are cases of real and significant abuse by parents against children. Abusive parents, in many cases, should not have unsupervised contact with their children. However, sometimes, parents may become so desperate that they’ll say anything in order to get custody of their children. Needless to say, this is not a good or helpful thing to do. It may even backfire.read more

Your Custody Plan and Virtual Schooling

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. in Child Custody

For parents living in San Diego, the past few months have been extremely confusing regarding school re-openings. It was only recently that the county unveiled its decision to allow each individual school to choose whether or not to reopen. While some have chosen to continue distance learning, others have chosen a combination of in-class teaching and virtual schooling. In fact, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has decided to remain closed for in-person classes for the Fall 2020 school year and require students to continue distance learning for the remainder of the year for most students.

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