Experience Matters When Choosing the Right San Diego Divorce & Family Law Attorney

San Diego Divorce Attorney  Michael C. MacNeil, born in San Diego, 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 over 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.


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.  Michael C. MacNeil, The Great San Diego Divorce Lawyer, 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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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 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.

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

Sadly, in California, family law courts’ calendars are quite full. For this reason, the process of divorce usually lasts between eight and 20 months, with 15 months being the average. Unscrupulous lawyers take advantage of this by adding unnecessary billable hours to increase the cost of your divorce.

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San Diego Divorce Attorney Michael C. MacNeil

Whether you’re going through a divorce or you need help planning your estate, there’s no cookie-cutter way of tackling your issue effectively. That’s because each case is distinct; there’s no such thing as a magic formula for calculating how a particular event has impacted you personally, or your family. At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I understand this quite well, as I have worked for a wide variety of clients. As a divorce attorney in San Diego specializing in child custody, restraining orders, and conservatorships, I am ready to provide you with the personalized attention and services that your unique case deserves.
The Michael C. MacNeil Difference
Unlike other San Diego family law attorneys who purposefully extend cases to increase clients’ fees, I work hard to speed up the divorce process by pushing your opposing counsel and the court to move quickly.


Because I know, first-hand, how important it is to push past the stresses of a courtroom so you can get on with your life. Circumstances are tough enough without having to worry about mounting legal bills. I also differ from other divorce attorneys in San Diego because my goal is to simplify your divorce process, legal separation, or child custody situation so that you can more quickly move forward with your life. My goal is to get your life back on track. If you’re dealing with restraining order issues or need to create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to protect yourself financially long term, I can ensure your rights are protected.

Family Law Services

I offer a wide range of services in the family law area, including complex divorce litigation or even uncontested divorce matters.

For instance, I can help you navigate the complex areas of spousal support and child support. Note that the court calculates both types of support based on a state formula. The factors used to determine how much you will receive or pay in support are both parties’ incomes and how many children you have, for example. I will push for the most personally favorable support amounts for you.

Estate Law Services

As one of San Diego’s leading family law attorneys, I additionally possess extensive experience with setting up estate plans, guiding individuals through probate administration, and creating conservatorships based on your and your family members’ unique needs. Court rulings and regulations specific to San Diego can impact how your attorney can split up your assets either through divorce or inheritance.

In other words, with my help, you can confidently dictate what happens to your assets when you pass away, what happens to you medically and financially if you experience incapacitation, and who will care for an incapacitated loved one.

Why the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil?

I am extremely dedicated to representing you aggressively—your best interests come first. I also take pride in operating with a high level of integrity, ethics, and professionalism in every case.

When you hire me as a divorce attorney in San Diego, I will constantly monitor local and regional family law settlements and new estate planning laws to help you to make the most informed decisions possible in your particular situation. When you leave my office, you can feel confident that your best interests are protected from start to finish.

Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you to successfully navigate even the most complicated family law or estate law situations.