Jan 2021
25th Jan 2021

Legitimate Reasons to Stop the Child Support Payments in CA

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyChild support obligations are pretty clear cut on how long a parent needs to support a child - until the child reaches the age of majority. In California, this is either when the child turns 19 or when he/she graduates from high school. 
15th Jan 2021

How Can I Request a Drug Test in my CA Custody Case?

Pleasanton CA family law attorneySubstance abuse is a reality for many Americans, and recent research has suggested that 1 in 8 children are exposed to or live around a relative who engages in regular substance abuse. Having drug use in the home places kids at a higher risk of anger/impulsivity issues, neglect, and more. 
10th Jan 2021

What Makes a California Prenuptial Agreement Invalid?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyThese days, the use of prenups is on the rise. Many people who are looking to protect their interests see the value in these agreements, and their taboo is quickly going away. 

While prenups can be a great way to further establish trust via a formal safety net, there are cases where prenups are used as an unfair advantage. In cases where someone signed a prenup and feels he or she is being deprived of assets or otherwise placed in an unfair situation, the person has seven days to raise concerns and potentially seek for it to be invalidated. 
2nd Jan 2021

Does Divorce Have an Impact on a Child’s Physical Well-Being?

Pleasanton CA child supportAs family law attorneys, we see firsthand the impact that divorce can have on a family. Divorce can be especially devastating to children, and it can be difficult to predict or expect what type of mental or physical toll this could have on your loved ones. 
Dec 2020
25th Dec 2020

Keeping Your Divorce Private at Work: Guidelines to Remember

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyAs most of us have learned, rumors and gossip can spread across offices like wildfire. In some cases where someone has high visibility in their career or where details about a pending divorce can impact career outcomes, this can be a problem. Even in cases where these rumors won’t directly affect career aspirations, many people are private by nature and no one enjoys being the subject of the latest office whispers.
15th Dec 2020

Don’t Make these Mistakes During Your California Divorce in 2021!

Pleasanton CA divorce prenuptial attorneyAs we move into the new year, we at the Law Offices of James P. White thought it would be interesting to focus on one key thing: the top mistakes we see people make while getting a divorce in CA. We often spend a lot of time talking about what to do when navigating different family law issues, but the “don'ts” can be just as, if not more important in helping guide your case to a favorable resolution. 
10th Dec 2020

Grandparents and Visitation: How They Can Petition For their Rights in CA

Pleasanton CA famiy lawThe discussions on visitation rights usually center on parents, but other relatives such as grandparents can also petition for these rights in California. The family law courts have mechanisms in place to help ensure grandparents are able to spend time and interact with their grandchildren, even if both parents are able to provide and care for the children. 
5th Dec 2020

Military Divorces in CA – How Does it Work?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyFor those who serve in the military, the actual process of how to file for divorce can be complicated. There’s several hurdles to account for, including where exactly the divorce should be initiated from. If a servicemember is stationed in California, can he or she file for divorce in CA?
Nov 2020
30th Nov 2020

Can Child Support Payments Be Modified in California?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce often puts financial strain on one or both parties involved, especially when child support is part of the financial agreement. On top of this, life circumstances may eventually change, leaving some parents in a difficult financial situation wondering how they will hold up their end of the agreement to make sure their child is taken care of.
20th Nov 2020

Splitting Child Custody During the Holidays

Pleasanton CA child supportNow that we are in the home stretch of 2020 and entering into the holiday season, it can be a stressful time of year, and especially stressful for divorced couples who share custody of their child(ren). Regular child custody schedules are something that must be solidified before a divorce is finalized, but holiday custody schedules are a different story.
18th Nov 2020

Tips for Documenting and Gathering Evidence of Abuse

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyAbuse in a marriage can come in many forms. It can range from physical to financial or sexual, and can include behaviors that impact the mental or emotional well-being of a person. It’s especially challenging for a person to stand up against a spouse or walk away from them and can take tremendous willpower.

Whether someone is currently enduring abuse from his/her spouse, or has walked away from the marriage and is looking to get a divorce, having evidence of this abuse is essential. Given its multifaceted nature, it can be worth gathering different types of evidence. For today’s discussion, we’re looking at ways one can document and gather evidence of abuse.
8th Nov 2020

Think about Your Infant’s Needs During Custody Negotiations

Pleasanton CA famiy lawWhen a marriage is on shaky ground and divorce is on the table, it can feel like the end of the world especially when younger children are involved. While all children go through unique challenges when parents divorce, infants have additional needs and considerations that parents should take into account when splitting up. 
Oct 2020
30th Oct 2020

Tips to Help Prepare for a Successful Virtual Family Law Trial in CA

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyNow that almost everything has gone virtual due to the pandemic, court cases are no exception. 

Technology does allow for a greater sense of safety for those who are concerned about exposure to Covid-19 within a courtroom, but there is still a certain level of etiquette that needs to be followed as though the case is taking place in a traditional setting. 
10th Oct 2020

An Overview of How Date of Separation Works in CA

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWhen you’re looking to get divorced in CA, the court assigns a “date of separation,” which is a formal date where your or your partner’s intent to end the marriage is established. To put it simply, this is the “break up” date for all legal intents and purposes.
5th Oct 2020

Can My Ex’s Political Beliefs/Ideas Impact Child Custody?

Pleasanton CA child custodyThese are difficult times we’re living in, and with the election coming up, political tensions are flaring to new levels. There’s already plenty that feuding or separated parents have to fight about, and these days you can include political ideologies to that list.
Sep 2020
28th Sep 2020

Leveraging Social Media in Your Child Custody Dispute

Pleasanton CA Child Custody attorneySocial media use continues to skyrocket, and currently over 70 percent of all U. S. adults have one or more social media accounts. This has actually been changing the way people proceed in their divorce proceedings, and for one key reason: both parties are now looking for ways to leverage social media against one another.
20th Sep 2020

Children’s Custody Arrangement Preference: Ways Which They Can Weigh In

Pleasanton CA famiy lawWith the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect, custody issues have not gotten any simpler. Parents have to account for virtual learning arrangements, taking steps to mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus, and deal with the new financial challenges faced by countless Americans. 
18th Sep 2020

Should You Hire a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst?

hand_ shakeWhen filing for divorce, it’s easy to get bogged down with all of the details and feel the stress of how final decisions regarding assets will impact the rest of a person’s life. Unless you happen to have a background in finance, it can be difficult to navigate just how much has been accumulated throughout the duration of the marriage. 
10th Sep 2020

Telltale Signs that You May be Married to a Narcissist

Pleasanton CA family lawYes, the term narcissist is overused a bit these days. However, narcissistic behaviors or tendencies can come in various forms and degrees of severity. We’re not saying your ex or your partner are a full blown Narcissus, but there is value in informing yourself of signs that can betray abusive or manipulative tendencies. 

Today. We want to cover a wide variety of potential tendencies or behaviors that are common in narcissistic individuals. This can help you check your own feelings about your current marriage and/or divorce, as well as equip you with the tools to identify abusive and mitigate abusive behavior. 
5th Sep 2020

The Challenges of Shared Custody and Online School

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyFor many, one of the biggest changes that the pandemic has brought is the shift to online schooling. Many schools across the nation shut down in response to the rapidly spreading virus, placing many parents in a difficult position. 

With fall upon us, this problem hasn’t seen much improvement. Worse yet, the challenges are particularly hard for separated or divorced parents. For today’s post, we’re looking at how you can help your family adapt to this new setting, as well as looking at more direct solutions such as potential custody modifications.
Aug 2020
28th Aug 2020

A Refresher on the Steps Involved in the CA Divorce Process

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWith the stress of the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, divorce rates continue to uptick steadily. With the number of unemployment claims falling in the millions every week, there isn’t a near or clear end in sight. 
15th Aug 2020

What is a “Social Media Prenup?”

Pleasanton CA divorce prenuptial attorneyThese days, someone’s brand or online reputation can make or break their career. Thus, people in CA and across the U. S. are always taking steps to protect their online reputation, and these efforts have made their way to the divorce arena.
8th Aug 2020

Choosing a Family Law Attorney: Warning Signs to Look For

Pleasanton CA famiy lawPicture this: your divorce date draws near, and everything should be squared away. You’ve checked in with your lawyer a few times and you feel good..well, you did at first. Upon repeated check-ins, you’re slowly starting to lose confidence in your lawyer. Maybe he made too many contradictory statements, makes you feel like he’s not taking your input, or perhaps he is proving difficult to reach. 
3rd Aug 2020

Custody Disputes on the Rise Amid COVID-19

Pleasanton CA Child Custody attorneyCOVID-19 has impacted nearly all areas of everyone’s lives, and custody disputes are no exception to this. In fact, the custody dispute battleground has only heated up recently due to the widespread effects of the epidemic. Nowadays, concerns about the virus are making parents rethink their needs and many are willing to be less flexible than ever before.