Your San Diego Family Law Attorney

Putting families on a path toward a brighter tomorrow / contact me today for a free  half-hour consultation on any family law or estate planning matter  

Serving San Diego since 2001

San Diego native Michael C. MacNeil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1998 and his law degree from the University of San Diego in 2001. He has been a trial lawyer for 17 years and tried 50 jury trials. As a sole practitioner, he is dedicated to providing personalized, professional services at a reasonable fee. Mr. MacNeil is available to meet in your home, at your place of work, or in an office setting.  Call for a free consultation.

Divorce

Most divorce cases take too long and cost too much.  There are numerous ways attorneys can extend a case and increase the fees they charge their clients.  I, however, will not do that.

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Child Custody

Your child custody matter will be decided by a judge if you and the other parent cannot agree.  As required, the judge will take into consideration a mediation report written either by Family Court Services or a private mediator.

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WILLS AND TRUSTS

Unless you have a carefully crafted estate plan, someone other than you will make decisions on your behalf. And this does not only apply to your assets and finances.

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Common questions

How long will divorce take?

Unfortunately, the court calendars are very full, so divorce is a lot like taking a number and waiting your turn.  This can take anywhere from months to even years.  That said, I will push the court and the opposing counsel to move expeditiously and avoid wasting your time.  As you might expect, a more complicated case will take longer, and a simpler case will not take as long.

How much will child support and spousal support be?

Child support and spousal support are calculated using a formula fixed by state law.  The factors which determine these amounts include your income, your spouse’s income, the number of children, the timeshare with the children, and whether support payments are made for children of a different relationship.  In the court's discretion, the judge can set child or spousal support above or below the "guideline" support amount.  I will advocate for support amounts which are advantageous to you.

What will my timeshare with the children be?

The standard the court uses is what is in the best interests of the children.  The court will take into account each parent’s history of caring for the children and their future ability and willingness to do so.  Each case is different.  I will advocate for a fair and practical timeshare with your children.


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