Q&A: Family Law Insights with Kathleen Mangan, Esq.
In this exclusive Q&A interview, we sit down with Nevada Attorney Kathleen Mangan, of Carlson & Work, to gain valuable insights into the world of family law, custody, and visitation. Kathleen shares her passion for helping families find a new norm, her approach to dealing with bullies, and essential advice for those facing family law challenges.
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in family law, specifically in the areas of custody and visitation?
Kathleen Mangan’s dedication to family law springs from a profound belief that family is the cornerstone of one’s life. She emphasizes, “nothing else truly matters if your family life is disrupted. It’s not just about legal battles; it’s about the emotional, financial, and psychological toll that such disruptions can take.” Kathleen’s commitment to her clients lies in her desire to help them rebuild and establish a new normal that is not just different but better than before.
2. Can you share a memorable case or experience that has had a significant impact on your approach to family law?
Kathleen’s resolve to confront bullies within the legal process is deeply rooted in her experiences as a family law attorney. She recalls a case where “bullying tactics were employed to intimidate [her] client.” Kathleen realized an opportunity to champion justice and resolution. This experience fueled her determination to be a steadfast advocate for her clients, ensuring they receive the legal protection and support they deserve.
3. Family law cases often involve highly emotional situations. How do you approach these cases and support your clients through the legal process?
“Navigating the emotionally charged waters of family law requires a blend of both professionalism and empathy. My clients are not just seeking legal advice; they’re seeking someone who will stand by them and provide unwavering support. I always tell the truth, even when it’s difficult.” She acknowledges this approach allows her clients to trust that she has their best interests at heart.
4. What legal options are available to parents seeking to establish or modify custody and visitation arrangements?
In family law cases, proper documentation is paramount. Kathleen advises that “everything should be meticulously reduced to writing and filed with the court. This doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a daunting process with attorneys involved; there are many accessible online resources to help. Ensuring clear, written agreements can prevent misunderstandings and disputes down the road.”
5. What advice would you give to someone who is considering filing for divorce and is concerned about child custody matters?
Kathleen emphasizes the importance of making an informed choice when selecting an attorney. She suggests, “individuals should interview multiple attorneys to find someone who not only understands the legal process but is also willing to provide a comprehensive overview of what the future may look like. This helps clients gain clarity and confidence in their decisions.” She mentions, clients are often relieved to understand that Nevada is a community property state and many of the emotional decisions that they believe exist are already desired under the laws of community property.
6. In your experience, what are some common misconceptions people have about family law and the legal process surrounding custody disputes?
“It’s not uncommon for people to have misconceptions about family law, often because of what they see on TV or hear from friends.” Kathleen clarifies that the legal process is not always a dramatic “law and order” scenario. Additionally, she dispels the myth that moving out of the family home implies waiving one’s rights. “This is not the case. Legal rights remain intact.” Attorney Kathleen Mangan shares that she is often surprised by how many people are concerned about temporarily leaving the home and fear that may waive their community property interest. That is not the case in Nevada.
7. Can you explain the factors that courts typically consider when determining child custody arrangements in your jurisdiction?
Child safety is paramount in custody determinations. “Courts consider the history of domestic violence, abuse, and addiction as their top priorities. Equally important is the history of parents who can put aside personal animosities to prioritize the child’s well-being,” says Kathleen. “Cooperation between parents is often highly valued. Courts have a fairly good indicator of which parents are actually placing the children’s best interest as the main focus rather than their emotions or any past resentments that they may be harboring.”
8. How do you work to find amicable solutions in family law cases, particularly when children are involved?
Kathleen notes an unexpected aspect of family law cases – the transition from initial emotional turmoil to a calmer, more respectful phase. She explains that, “while most clients expect a contentious process, they often discover a mutual respect for each other’s positions. As emotions cool down, the law takes its course, leading to more rational decisions.”
9. What are some recent developments or changes in family law that individuals should be aware of when dealing with custody and visitation issues?
Kathleen mentions Myers v. Haskins, a significant development aimed at curbing baseless claims. “This decision has been crucial in preventing the filing of endless, groundless motions, streamlining the legal process and promoting fairness,” says Kathleen.
10. Family law cases can be time-consuming and emotionally taxing. What resources or support do you recommend for clients to help them navigate these challenges?
To help clients navigate the emotional and mental toll of family law cases, Kathleen suggests seeking therapy and utilizing divorce coaches. These professionals offer both knowledge and empathy, providing invaluable support during a challenging time.
In this comprehensive interview with Kathleen Mangan, we’ve delved deeper into the complexities of family law and child custody disputes. Kathleen’s dedication to her clients’ well-being, her emphasis on documentation, and her commitment to dispelling common misconceptions offer valuable guidance to anyone facing family law challenges. Her insights demonstrate the importance of seeking professional assistance, understanding the legal process, and prioritizing child safety in custody matters.