Apr 2019
30th Apr 2019

Steps to Take After Your Divorce Has Wrapped Up

The focus of our blog posts is usually on the divorce proceedings themselves, which makes sense given that most of our clients retain us to help them during the divorce itself. With that said, we want to mix things up a bit today and go over some tips that you should keep in mind once the divorce has concluded.
15th Apr 2019

Tips for Uncovering Hidden Assets during your Divorce Proceedings

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWe see it far too often during divorce proceedings in CA: a sneaky spouse does what he/she can to hide assets, often to much success. This can stack things unfairly against the other person, not to mention the illegality of the act itself. For this post, we’re going over tips that can help you uncover your spouse’s attempts at hiding assets and ensuring that you get your fair share of the community property.
10th Apr 2019

Science Says: Most Kids of Divorced Parents Turn Out Just Fine

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorced parents and their children often get a bad rap. We’ve all heard the myths about how divorce “messes up” kids and hurts their chances to be healthy, normal adults. We say myth because while none of these statements have ever been quantified, recent studies are beginning to prove just the opposite.
5th Apr 2019

Disputing or Reopening Your Divorce Settlement in CA

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyIn California, it is not uncommon for someone to be unhappy with the finalized divorce arrangement that they end up with after the dust has settled. We’re often asked about whether a settlement can be disputed or reopened, which inspired us to focus on this topic for this blog post.
1st Apr 2019

Tips for Effectively Using Your Child Support Payments

Pleasanton CA child supportOnce the dust settles and child support payments are figured out, many parents quickly begin to think about how they may best put this money to use. This is a good question, especially if your ex is unreliable or uncooperative, leaving you with the short end of the stick when you least expect it.
Mar 2019
20th Mar 2019

Younger Couples are Waiting Longer to Get Married, are Less Likely to get Divorced

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyMillennials often get a bad rap online, with constant articles bemoaning that they are killing all sorts of industries - popular restaurant chains, traditional furniture stores, paper towels, and more. Now you can add divorce to that list!
15th Mar 2019

Older Couples and Divorce in CA: Additional Challenges to Know About

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyDivorce is on the rise amongst all age groups, including older adults. While the process of divorce is never easy, we’ve found that older individuals often face additional challenges that they were not expecting. Our years of experience helping clients all across California has led us to develop this short list of additional challenges that older adults who are looking to get divorced should be aware of.
5th Mar 2019

Are There any Benefits to Filing for Divorce First?

Pleasanton CA divorce lawyerAt the Law Office of James P. White, our clients ask us about every facet of divorce, right from the initial filing to the last concluding arrangements. Today, we want to talk about the first step in the divorce process, especially because many people have recently inquired about this issue.
Feb 2019
26th Feb 2019

Tips for Helping Kids Adjust to Two Separate Homes

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyLife after divorce is never the same, especially when there are kids involved. However, just because things are not the same doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be worse. For this post, we want to offer some tips to parents who might have split or partial custody of their kids, who now find themselves being ferried across two regular homes.
15th Feb 2019

Why Cutting Corners during a Divorce is a Terrible Idea

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyNobody enjoys the process of getting a divorce in California, and divorce proceedings can be involved, costly affairs that could take months or longer to resolve. Not surprisingly, we at the Law Office of James P. White have seen people try to cut corners in order to rush to a speedier or more favorable resolution.
10th Feb 2019

International Travel During and After Divorce Proceedings: Things to Remember

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyAs many people have found out, traveling while in the midst of divorce proceedings, or even afterwards, can be a tricky affair. This is especially true when there are children involved and/or disputes about who should have custody of the kids. Not taking the proper precautions and violating any court orders can carry serious consequences in California, and your custody/visitation rights could be placed jeopardy.
5th Feb 2019

What Impact Does a Divorce Have on my Credit Score?

Pleasanton CA divorce lawyerThe impact that a divorce has on a person’s life can be tremendous, both during the proceedings themselves as well as for months or even years after the divorce has finalized. At the Law Office of James P. White, we are often asked about the long-term effects of divorce, especially in regards to credit history and credit scores.
Jan 2019
30th Jan 2019

Marriage and Last Names: An Overview of your Options in CA

Pleasanton CA famiy lawDid you know that options for married last names are more flexible than ever in 2019? For decades, tradition has dictated that a bride takes her husband’s last name once they are wed. While this option is still a good one for many marriages, this “one-size-fits-all” rule doesn’t always make sense.
20th Jan 2019

Promoting Happy and Stress-Free Visitation Days

Pleasanton CA Child Custody attorneyIn many cases, the parent who gets visitation days doesn’t hold primary custody over the child, or holds less custody than the other parent. This can foster resentment, particularly if you only see or interact with the ex during these times.
15th Jan 2019

Identifying Financial Abuse in a Marriage

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyWhen people think of spousal abuse, their minds automatically turn to physical and verbal abuse. However, abuse can come in many forms, and some forms are more difficult to identify than others. Financial abuse falls into this category.
10th Jan 2019

How Legal Custody Differs from Physical Custody in CA

Pleasanton CA child custodyWe’ve noticed that when most parents think of having parental custody of their child, they think of physical custody. This is certainly a part of custody in California, but what many don’t know is that the other half of the custody picture involves legal custody.
1st Jan 2019

Ask A California Divorce Attorney: What Should My Divorce Checklist Include?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyMaking the decision to get a divorce is not easy, but once the decision has been made, there is often no going back. Coming to terms with the fact that a divorce is the only option is usually the hardest part for many, and once this hurdle is crossed, many feel as if a heavy burden has been lifted from their shoulders.
1st Jan 2019

What Happens when a Custodial Parent Passes Away?

Pleasanton CA child custodyWhen people think of child custody modification, this conjures up images of bickering parents who can’t see eye to eye. However, there are other reasons that might lead to a custody modification in California, such as when a custodial parent passes away. The death of a parent is always a traumatic experience, further worsened by the uncertainty of the future that the child now faces.
1st Jan 2019

Holiday Co-Parenting Tips

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyThe holidays are upon us, and while this is often a very exciting and joyous time for many, the end-of-year festivities can also be a source of frustration and sadness for divorced parents and their children. Disputes involving who gets to spend time with which parent/child are a common occurrence, and there’s no magical solution that is sure to guarantee the happiness of all involved parties.
1st Jan 2019

Parents with Physical Disabilities and Child Support

Pleasanton CA child supportIn California, parents are required to pay child support until the child turns 18 and legally becomes an adult. While parents can implement agreements that extend the duration of child support payments, there are virtually no options when it comes to terminating benefits early, and for good reason. This ensures that the child has all of his or her financial, medical, educational, and housing needs covered at all times.
Nov 2018
29th Nov 2018

Your Responsibilities as a Custodial Parent

Pleasanton CA child custodyAs the parent who holds primary custody over a child, the custodial parent has a lot to account for. In simple terms, the custodial parent is ultimately responsible for everything involving child's physical and legal needs. This can be overwhelming for a lot of new or newly-divorced parents, which inspired us to write this post.
29th Nov 2018

Does a Person’s Career Choice Impact their Likelihood of Getting Divorced?

Pleasanton CA family lawStaying in theme with our last post, we want to spend some time looking at how career choices can impact divorce rates. After all, people spend most of their time at work. This begs the question: can a person’s career choice increase or decrease the chances that they’ll get divorced?
29th Nov 2018

Recent Study Suggests Link Between Cohabitation and Increased Divorce Rates

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyFor this post, we’re taking a second look at a bit of conventional “wisdom” that has been passed around in recent years. These days, many couples opt to cohabit together before they get married. The idea is that this helps couples feel out whether they are compatible, making marriage a smoother transition. Premarital cohabitation is a popular practice, giving weight to the idea that this approach is effective.
29th Nov 2018

Tips to Help You Secure the Alimony that You Deserve

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWhile a divorce often means a fresh start, it also means moving forward without the household income that you and your family relied on up until this time. It can be difficult to manage all financial obligations on a single income, especially if your spouse was the primary breadwinner.