San Diego Family Law Blog

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 more

How to Co-parent With Someone With a Mental Illness

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

If you have been left in the tricky situation of trying to co-parent effectively with someone with a mental illness, there is no quick fix, and it can be understandably taxing and painful. However, there is hope. Difficult co-parenting relationships can improve over time and there are steps you can take to help you and your children more

Navigating Supervised Visitation Time

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on May 1, 2022 in Child Visitation

Child and child custody disputes are unique and can often result in changing the amount of time the parents and children spend together. In some cases, the court will give one parent the legal custody of the child. The non-custodial parent is usually allowed to have visitations with the child, but in some circumstances, the judge may only grant supervised visitation. This means the visitation must be supervised by an authorized party or state more

How Does Your Income Level Affect a Custody Case?

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on April 15, 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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