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Using an Evidentiary Hearing to Your Advantage

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on November 23, 2021 in Child Custody

A child custody case can weigh heavily on your shoulders as you work to maintain your relationship with your child, whether it is through a custody plan or visitation. Most parents simply want to continue being a part of their children’s lives after a divorce, but if the other parent is combative or dismissive of their interests, it can lead to a high-conflict custody battle. If you attempt to file a motion to gain custody or modify your agreement, then the other parent will likely request an evidentiary hearing. An evidentiary hearing may sound intimidating, but out attorneys at Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. can explain what you need to know about them and how to prepare for one.

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When Should You Consider Hiring an Expert Witness in Your Child Custody Case?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on August 3, 2021 in Child Custody

Considering several relevant factors leading up to a final decision, a family court judge presiding over a child custody case in California must rule with what is in the best interest of the children. When both parents agree on a child custody arrangement, this saves a lot of grief associated with the process. In other situations, bitter disputes unfortunately arise, and you might want to consider hiring a child custody expert witness.

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Can a Visitation Parent Ask to Move to Another State With the Child? 

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on June 24, 2021 in Child Custody

Maintaining a visitation schedule while also juggling the demands of work, health, and your relationships can be difficult for a divorced parent. Parents with visitation often have to fight hard to maintain relationships with their children and prove their commitment to the court-ordered visitation plan.

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How to Respond to Parental Alienation

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on June 10, 2021 in Child Custody

No one will tell you that sharing joint custody with an ex is a cakewalk, but disputes between the parents should never impact their relationships with the children.

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Custody Agreements and COVID-19 Vaccinations

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on March 24, 2021 in Child Custody

As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its second year, we are hopeful that the new vaccines will finally bring lockdown to an end and allow Californians to go back to a sense of normalcy. For many older individuals and those who are immunocompromised, a vaccine is necessary to withstand the full brunt of COVID-19. But for divorced parents, vaccinations may be a difficult subject to agree on, especially if one parent does not believe in them.

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Which Parent Covers a Child’s Health Insurance?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on November 27, 2020 in Child Custody

Dividing up your assets and debt during a divorce can be incredibly complicated, especially if you have a child to take care of as well. While you both have a legal responsibility to look after your child, it is not always clear who covers certain expenses. This is especially true if your child has a medical condition that requires consistent care and treatment, as well as reliable health insurance. What often confuses parents in a divorce is which one of them has to pay for health insurance and how medical bills should be divided.

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Your Custody Plan and Virtual Schooling

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on September 21, 2020 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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Child Custody Schedules During a Quarantine

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on March 30, 2020 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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Shared Custody Involving Older Teenagers

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on March 2, 2020 in Child Custody

Teenagers are challenging to deal with at the best of times. When child custody of an older teenager is shared, new issues arise. Older teenagers focus on their individual freedoms, their plans for college, work, and social lives. Parents who share custody of an older teenager are well-served to plan living arrangements around the child’s schedule and to be open to changes in plans.

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The 730 Evaluation: How Can it Affect Child Custody?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on November 25, 2019 in Child Custody

A 730 Evaluation is an assessment performed by a court-appointed expert to assist in providing information and recommendations to the court regarding issues needing mediation. These expert evaluations are described in California Evidence Code 730. 730 evaluations are useful to the court in cases in which child custody is in dispute. read more

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