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Mattis Law 2023 Making Waves Scholarship

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on March 3, 2023 in Firm News

Updated on 06/20/23

Living in California is really wonderful. The weather is amazing, the mix of cultures makes every place feel unique and interesting, are there are countless restaurants and fun things to do. At Mattis Law, we’re grateful for everything we’ve achieved, and we feel fortunate to be able to give back to the local community. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the dates for our 2023 Making Waves Scholarship.

Our $500 Making Waves scholarship is open to 2023 California high school graduates pursuing a four-year college degree and current college students who graduated from a California high school and are pursuing a four-year degree or are currently enrolled in a two-year college and planning to transfer to a four-year college degree program upon completion.

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How to Fight a Child Protective Services Decision

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on February 20, 2023 in Child Custody

Child Protective Services (CPS) is under the California Department of Social Services. It is the state’s intervention system to stop child abuse and neglect. The goal of CPS is to ensure that children are safe in their homes and to find new solutions for children who are unsafe. CPS is required to act on any report it receives of suspected child abuse or neglect. It will investigate, intervene as needed, and provide whatever services the child needs to be more

How Piqui’s Law Affects Custody Hearings

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on February 10, 2023 in Child Custody

California SB 616 is known as Piqui’s Law. It was passed unanimously by the State Assembly in August 2022. This bill is designed to protect innocent children from domestic violence and child abuse during custody disputes. It was named in honor of a five-year-old boy named Piqui who was murdered by his father in Los Angeles during a custody dispute in 2017. Piqui’s mother, Ana Estevez, reportedly fought hard in family court to protect her child from her abusive ex-husband, but the court refused to stop more

The Impact of School Changes on Child Visitation Schedules

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on January 20, 2023 in Child Visitation

School schedules can change for a variety of reasons. If you have a visitation agreement with a co-parent in place, you may need to make changes to the agreement to accommodate changes in your child’s school schedule and extracurricular activities. Co-parents should agree on changes to parenting time (visitation) arrangements. Our San Diego family law attorney can help you create a flexible parenting time agreement that will work for you, your co-parent, and your more

What Visitation Agreements Mean to Your Kids

Posted by Mattis Law, A.P.C. on January 10, 2023 in Child Visitation

In California, visitation is called parenting time. In a divorce or child custody matter, a document called a parenting plan contains orders regarding legal and physical custody of children, as well as parenting time. Although the parties can reach an agreement out of court, parenting plans must be in the best interests of the child. As part of the plan, it is important for the child’s well-being to have a visitation agreement in more

Custody Disputes That Cross State Borders

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

As a caring and concerned parent, you will want to keep your child nearby even after separating from your ex-spouse. Trying to keep your child nearby can be a huge challenge, especially if you are no longer in a relationship with your co-parent. You will likely have conflicting interests with them as they also want to keep the child nearby. When you live in different homes, and your lives diverge, determining child custody can be complicated and more

What If One of a Child’s Separated Parents Passes Away?

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

Divorce and everything associated with it can significantly affect your child’s mental well-being. Sharing custody with your ex-spouse often makes things better for your children as they will grow up with the love and care of both parents. However, if your ex-spouse passes away, you may wonder how custody is more

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 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 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 more

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