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How the Youth Bill of Rights Impacts California’s Juvenile Justice System

As of September 2022, teenagers across California have recently been granted some additional protection under the law with the signing of The Youth Bill of Rights by Governor Gavin Newsome. This bill was a long-time goal for many juvenile justice advocacy groups that outlines human rights incarcerated youth inside county juvenile facilities can now rely […]

The Future of ICE Detention Centers in California

California has been a leader in immigration reform over the past few years, and the enactment of the Alternate Plea Act in 2022 is clear evidence. This innovative law now ensures legal protection for undocumented immigrants and citizens facing specific drug-related offenses. Despite this, a surprising amount of individuals remain uninformed regarding ice detention centers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Everything You Need to Know About Child Support Arrearage

The long-term ripple effects of divorce and child custody disputes last long after the divorce proceeding itself, particularly when it comes to your children. Your ex-spouse is constantly contacting you about your child support payments. You may have even received communication from their lawyer about the same. Your ex partner’s legal team have mentioned three […]

Understanding Types of Restraining Orders & Protective Orders in California

You’re at the point now where you’re feeling fearful about someone in your life coming near you. You started to notice some red flags in their behavior develop a few months ago, and you likely requested this individual stay away for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, they didn’t listen and they’re still not listening now. Now […]

How Virtual Legal Help Works for Family Law

The process of filing for divorce and working through family disputes in your local family law court looks a little different these days than it did several months ago. Fortunately, COVID-19 doesn’t have to put your family law issue on hold, especially if you are seeking immediate help with restraining orders or other emergency orders […]

Managing Child Custody and Visitation Issues During a Crisis

We’ve never been faced with a crisis like COVID-19, and so this is new territory for all of us. Read more to learn how to manage expectations and the legal parameters of your custody agreement when a crisis such as this disrupts your family’s life. School is closed, and your children are following stay-at-home orders […]

What You Need to Know About Long-Distance Parenting Plans

You and your spouse are calling it quits, and unfortunately, your children are in the middle of it all. To make matters even more complicated, one of you will be moving away, which means your children can’t easily see you both from one week to the next. What now? Specifically, how can the parent who […]