Apr 2018
26th Apr 2018

Pet Custody and You: How Does it Work in California?

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyMost of us love our pets and consider them an essential part of our family. So when a divorce occurs and couples find themselves having to figure out who gets to keep Fido, things can quickly get contentious. We at the Law Offices of James P. White are passionate about our furry companions, and decided to take the time to discuss pet custody in this post.
19th Apr 2018

Why Establishing Paternity in California Matters

Pleasanton CA child custodyMany don’t realize just how important it is to establish paternity, at least not until the unexpected happens. In California, establishing paternity carries many benefits to children and parents alike, and is not something that should be overlooked. This post goes over some of the more important reasons to establish paternity. If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to reach out to us directly to learn more.
12th Apr 2018

Ask a California Family Law Attorney: Long Term Divorce vs Short Term Divorce

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyAt the Law Offices of James P. White, we are often asked details regarding the length of a marriage and how this affects divorce proceedings. Many clients vocalize their concerns over the “ten year rule,” so we thought we could clear the air on this issue. While there is no actual “ten year rule” in California, marriages are in fact categorized by family law courts based on the duration of the union.
5th Apr 2018

What Warrants an Emergency Custody or Visitation Order in California?

Pleasanton CA child custodyCustody and visitation orders are complex legal procedures in California, and many parents can become frustrated at how long it can take for the process to move forward. That said, there are instances where the courts will not hesitate to implement emergency custody or visitation orders, especially when the safety and well-being of a child are at risk.
Mar 2018
29th Mar 2018

Getting Divorced From an Absent or Missing Spouse

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyThis premise might sound ridiculous at first glance, but not being able to locate a spouse while trying to get a divorce is a fairly common occurrence. Sometimes people are separated for a long time before one decides to formally terminate the marriage. Other times a spouse chooses to estrange him/herself and does not wish to be found.
22nd Mar 2018

What Are the Requirements for Getting Married in California?

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyOur blog posts often focus on difficult issues such as divorce and child custody disputes, but family law attorneys also routinely deal with positive situations and cases! For this post, we thought we would mix things up a bit and explore the formation of a new marriage in the State of California.
15th Mar 2018

Ask A California Family Law Attorney: What Is Supervised Visitation?

Pleasanton CA child custodySupervised visitation is an option in cases where there is concern that a parent might act in an inappropriate way or act out in front of his/her child. It serves as a middle ground that allows the parent to retain his/her right to parental visitation while helping address the concerns of the other parents and the courts.
8th Mar 2018

My Divorce Has Been Finalized: Now What?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyIt’s been a long road, but your divorce is finally concluded and you can look forward to your new future! While the idea of a fresh new start is exciting, many can forget to dot a few i’s and cross a few t’s as they eagerly set out to begin their new life.
Feb 2018
22nd Feb 2018

Traveling or Relocating with Children? How Divorce Impacts Your Mobility

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyThese days, relocating is common among American families. If you’re going through a divorce however, or share custody of your children with the other parent, you might be wondering how relocating works within your set of specific circumstances. This guide offers a quick overview of what to expect. Remember that, for more in-depth discussion and tailored advice, you should reach out to us directly at the Law Office of James P. White.
15th Feb 2018

Simplified Divorce in California

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWhen kids are involved, or when a couple can’t agree on matters such as child custody and alimony, divorce proceedings can quickly become contentious, drawn out affairs. This turns the process into a rather costly and draining affair.

Of course, the inverse is also true. If a couple that is seeking to get divorced is in agreement, they can choose to pursue a simplified divorce, which is known as a summary dissolution. Unlike traditional divorce proceedings, a summary dissolution carries many benefits and is the quickest, most efficient way to get a divorce. That said, couples need to fulfill certain requirements before they can be eligible for a simplified divorce.
8th Feb 2018

Ask A Family Law Attorney: Should I Limit My Social Media Usage?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyFor better or for worse, social media is deeply embedded in our lives. Chances are that you or your loved ones regular share content and post on prominent sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. While these avenues have provided us with great ways to connect with one another, we’ve also found that they have opened a new can of worms within the context of divorce and child custody proceedings and disputes.
1st Feb 2018

Is Joint Custody Better for Children? A Recent Study Says Yes

Pleasanton CA child supportAt the Law Office of James P. White, we always strive for mutually beneficial resolutions as they tend to be the most productive strategies for a variety of reasons, something that science seems to agree with. In 2017, Stockholm University’s Demographic Unit conducted a study where they examined the effects of single parent custody and joint custody on children’s overall well-being. The results were significant, if a bit predictable.
Jan 2018
25th Jan 2018

How Child Custody Evaluations Work in California

Pleasanton CA Child Custody attorneyA fairly common process for those going through a divorce or child custody dispute, child custody evaluations are designed to ensure that the needs of a child are being fully met. That said, these evaluations are often set in motion via child custody disputes, which can make them rather never-wracking affairs. To help provide some insight, we’ve written up a brief overview of what child custody evaluations consist of, as well as what to expect when undergoing an evaluation.
18th Jan 2018

Family Mediation 101: A Quick Overview

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce is never an easy affair. It is expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally-draining. However, if you and your partner are not completely opposed to discussing logistics and entering civil negotiations, mediation can often provide much needed relief.

Divorces where ex-partners are simply unwilling to negotiate do occur. However, we’ve found that in most cases, there is quite a bit of wiggle room and even resentful couples are sometimes able to come to mutually-exclusive agreements in a variety of matters. The reason for this is simple: it makes more sense for separated spouses to work with each other and formulate solutions on their own terms, rather than relying on the courts to hand down a rigid, inflexible ruling.
11th Jan 2018

Financial Do’s and Don’ts: Tips to Remember When Navigating Your California Divorce

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyOne of the most challenging aspects of a divorce is the financial impact it has on your life. As you separate finances from your soon to be ex-spouse, you need to be prepared for the upcoming potential conflicts involving asset division, as well as ensure that you can cover your expenses once you’re on your own. We’ve compiled a set of critical tips to keep in mind as you move forward with the divorce process in California.
4th Jan 2018

For Divorced or Separated Parents, Who Claims A Child During Tax Season?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyAs tax season approaches, many parents look forward to a hefty tax return. However, divorced or separated parents often wonder whether they can claim their children, as only one parent can take advantage of the exemption claim per tax year. In order to shed some light on this issue, this post highlights a few ways in which many couples, or the courts, proceed to resolve this issue. Broadly speaking, arrangements are usually tied to the current custodial arrangement that is in place.
Dec 2017
28th Dec 2017

Things To Ask A California Divorce Attorney

Pleasanton CA family lawAt the Office of James P. White, we believe in advocating for our clients and letting them choose the route that best works for their interests and needs. This inspired us to write the following blog post, as we have noticed that most people don’t know the “right” questions to ask an attorney before letting them handle your delicate divorce and family law legal matters.
21st Dec 2017

Things To Avoid During Your Child Custody Dispute

Pleasanton CA child custodyWe at the Law Office of James P. White understand that child custody disputes are difficult and challenging affairs for all involved parties. Emotions run high, which can lead to a costly lapse of judgement from your part. This is why we drafted these quick pointers to keep in mind as you navigate your child custody dispute in California. Always keep these tips in mind as you work through these delicate affairs, and above all, remember to recruit the assistance of a qualified legal professional who can lend you their expertise.
14th Dec 2017

How Long Do Divorce Proceedings Last In California?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyAt the Law Office of James P. White, we get many questions about divorce, especially early on as individuals look to weigh their options. One of the main questions that we get is “how quickly can I get a divorce?” Unfortunately, there is no straight answer to this question because, as with many things in life, it varies depending on what factors are at play.
4th Dec 2017

Does A Child’s Preference Influence Custody/Visitation Arrangements?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWhen divorce is on the table, one of the biggest issues that arises is the need to sort out child custody arrangements, especially in situations where the involved children are still very young. Where will the children live? Will custody be split evenly, or will one parent be designated as the primary caretaker? What about the child’s preference, do they get to weigh in on their living and moving arrangements?
Nov 2017
27th Nov 2017

Key Facts About Child Support in California

Pleasanton CA child supportAt the Law Office of James P. White, P.C., we are often asked questions about child support in California, and while some of these questions are specific to each case, others are more general in nature. This inspired us to write up this post, where we plan to highlight a few key facts about how child support works in California.
20th Nov 2017

How Child Support Modifications Work in California

Pleasanton CA famiy lawIn instances where a parent feels like he/she is not receiving enough support, or is overpaying on their legally mandated payments, California law allows for the modification of previously-established arrangements. However, this usually only happens under specific circumstances. These include:
13th Nov 2017

The Divorce Process in California: Things To Keep in Mind Early On

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce is a stressful affair, one which is usually only resolved after a lengthy legal process. While there is often no quick solution to divorce, being armed with the right knowledge can make a world of difference, especially early on during the proceedings. This is why we at the Law Office of James P. White, P. C. decided it would be a good idea to go over some key tips when facing the divorce process in California.
6th Nov 2017

Tips for Keeping Child Custody Arrangements Civil

Pleasanton CA child custodyThe holidays are fast approaching, which for many divorced individuals means that they have to engage with their ex-spouses, even if for just a brief moment. While old emotions and feelings of resentment may be dredged up, we always recommend that you keep things civil when dealing with any child custody arrangement mattes. This is why we wrote up this brief guide offering a few quick tips.