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How Fathers Can Prepare for Custody Battles

  As a dad, you take pride in being able to see your children grow up and become independent contributors to the world around them. When you’re contending with a highly contested divorce, however, in which child custody and child support are in question, and where the mother may be more likely to be granted […]

How Pending Criminal Charges Impact Your Divorce Case

You have chosen to part ways with your spouse, and you can’t help but to feel a sense of relief in the middle of your divorce-fueled emotional whirlwind. Unfortunately, figuring out how to navigate your divorce isn’t your only problem right now, as either you or your soon-to-be-ex is now also facing a criminal charge […]

How Full Custody in California Works

As you embark on the process of divorce, you no doubt feel a sense of relief: you have taken the steps to move on from a partnership that no longer serves you. When you and your future ex-spouse have children together, however, the process can become a little more convoluted, particularly if you know that […]

Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense & Family Law Attorney

You’ve just decided to part ways with your spouse, but your divorce process will not be an ordinary divorce proceeding. That’s because you’ve also decided to file a restraining order against your soon-to-be-ex. Or, perhaps you’re the one who has had a restraining order filed against you, or you have been charged with a crime, […]

What is a Bifurcated Divorce?

Understanding How Bifurcated Divorce Works in California You’ve decided to call it quits with your spouse, and now, you’re ready to move on with your independent life as quickly as possible. The problem is, it seems that your divorce process will take a lot longer than you’d like. What now? Now may be the perfect […]

Legal Separation vs. Divorce in California

When you’re feeling ready to move on with your life, but there may be a sliver of a chance your marriage might work, what are your options? Fortunately, if you’re not ready to take the leap into divorce right away, you can still take a break from your spouse by taking advantage of legal separation […]

Will & Estate Law FAQ

Figuring out how to handle a deceased loved one’s left-behind belongings can no doubt be confusing and thus frustrating. Some families have a trust or a will that needs to be properly administrated, while others may not have the necessary paperwork in place. In the same way, navigating the process of creating an estate plan […]
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Child Custody in California Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating child custody can understandably be confusing and thus overwhelming in California. This is especially true for unmarried parents in California. That’s because in California, child custody laws for unmarried parents differ from those for married parents. Here is a rundown on FAQ and related answers involving child custody and parental rights in California. Parental […]

The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods in California

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the way we live our daily lives, go to work, communicate with our families, and hold meetings all changed. Even as we moved into the new year, many companies set new ways of working for the long term, with hybrid remote and in-office plans for when business “returns to […]

Understanding Family Court Orders in California

You and your partner have decided to part ways, but the split is far from being black and white. Because you share children, you will have to navigate issues such as child custody, child visitation, and child support in San Diego. Fortunately, that’s where I, attorney Michael C. MacNeil, can help. I can help you […]

What to Expect at a Restraining Order Hearing

You feel that your safety is at risk due to the behavior of another individual. What now? How do you keep this person from continuing to harass, abuse, stalk, or threaten you? In this situation, it is within your rights to pursue a restraining order. Alternatively, perhaps you have just been notified that someone has […]

Paternity Laws in California: What You Need to Know

If you are facing a paternity dispute with another party, you may understandably feel overwhelmed. However, you are not alone. The reality is, paternity disputes are common in the state of California. Disputes evolve from situations where the biological parentage is in question, or when a man may strongly believe that he is the biological […]