Mar 2022
25th Mar 2022

Tips for Convincing the Ex to Sign the Divorce Papers

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyIn many cases, a marriage is often over before the divorce papers are signed, and both parties or at least one party has resigned themselves to the fact that the marriage is not salvageable. When both people want to get divorced, initiating the process is usually pretty straightforward.
15th Mar 2022

Three Vital Child Custody Laws in the California Family Law Code

Pleasanton CA child custodyChild custody matters are some of the most complicated issues that we routinely see in even straightforward and simple divorces. Each parent has his/her own opinion as to how custody should be doled out, and this has to be balanced with all relevant surrounding factors, as well as the child’s needs. As children are unable to speak up for themselves in most cases, the family law code accounts for a few key principles that you should know when dealing with any type of custody issue in CA.
10th Mar 2022

Tips for Helping the Kids Adjust to Co-Parenting Arrangements

Pleasanton CA famiy lawAfter a divorce, a child’s world can feel upside down. Seeing both parents split up and having to juggle between two family homes can be an emotional and logistical challenge for parents, but the little ones often bear the brunt of the changes.
5th Mar 2022

Ask a CA Divorce Attorney: What is Emergency Custody?

Pleasanton CA child custodyIn custody cases, there may be times when the family law courts need to step in and take immediate action in order to ensure a child’s safety. Today, we’re looking at emergency custody and discussing the ways in which this type of temporary custody varies from standard custody orders. 
Feb 2022
20th Feb 2022

How the Pandemic Continues to Increase to Marital Struggles Across the US

family law adviceThe COVID-19 pandemic is still not yet behind us, though we’re now seeing a relaxation of restrictions across the country and the globe. As many pandemics do, this one came with many surges, peaks, and valleys.

Divorce rates increased across the board during the pandemic, but the ebb and flow of these surges influenced the number of divorces month to month. As restrictions loosen, we’re seeing a small decrease in the number of divorces. 
15th Feb 2022

How to Prove Emotional Abuse in CA Custody Proceedings

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyAbuse comes in many forms, and unfortunately emotional abuse can and often does go under the radar. When it comes to child custody disputes and proceedings, it is critical that these behaviors from either parent or other relatives are identified and presented. As we’ve covered previously, CA family law prioritizes the safety and the well-being of a child. 
10th Feb 2022

Spousal Abandonment in CA Family Law

Pleasanton CA famiy lawMost people who want to leave a marriage will initiate the process via a formal divorce, but others take a more passive approach. When someone simply walks away from his or her marriage and related commitments, this is known as spousal abandonment. This can happen in a variety of ways, whether a person “vanished” or is just refusing to acknowledge his/her spouse and children or offer them any support. 
5th Feb 2022

Do I Need a Forensic Accountant For My California Divorce Proceedings?

Pleasanton CA divorce lawyerIn many divorce proceedings, the trust between both parties is often broken or on very shaky ground at best. If your ex was dishonest about his/her actions, desires, plans, and more, there’s a good chance that the ex is also willing to lie about finances. 
Jan 2022
20th Jan 2022

Pensions and Divorce in California

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyMany people spend years building up their retirement plans and pensions. After years or decades of hard work, many worry about the fate of their pension post-divorce. The big question most people start with is: does my ex get half of my pension after the divorce?
15th Jan 2022

Resolving Custody Disputes by Focusing on the Child’s Needs

Pleasanton CA famiy lawWhen parents divorce, the focus is all too often on the feud between both parties. This conflict-laden approach tends to impact all areas of divorce, including those that involve child custody and visitation arrangements. 
10th Jan 2022

Can Custody Orders be Enforced Outside the Country?

Pleasanton CA Child Custody attorneyEnforcing a custody order can be difficult when the other parent isn’t playing by the same rules or acting in good faith. Not just that, but it can be particularly difficult to enforce a custody order when the other parent decides to take the child outside of the boundaries of California. While we’ve previously discussed custody issues when the parent leaves the state with the child, what about when the parent takes the child out of the country?
5th Jan 2022

Divorce and Deportation: What are the Legal Ramifications?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce is difficult enough, and Immigrants in California who are looking at an upcoming divorce have one additional anxiety to account for: the possibility of deportation. As they are not U.S citizen, a person’s immigration status could be up in the air after a divorce. Given the laws around marriage and citizenship status, this fear is not unfounded. 
Nov 2021
20th Nov 2021

Ways People Accidentally Extend the Duration of a CA Divorce

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyAt the Law Offices of James P. White, our clients almost always ask “how long will my divorce take?” After all, an expedient divorce means less complications and less expenses. There’s no quick answer to this question however, and the duration of any individual divorce will always depend on individual factors. 
15th Nov 2021

When Do Family Law Courts Order Drug Tests?

Pleasanton CA child custodyAs parents feud over custody rights, it’s not uncommon for them to toss allegations at one another in an attempt to disparage the other parent and win points with the family law courts. A common allegation involves the claims that a parent is abusing drugs or any other illicit substance. 
10th Nov 2021

Is the Ex Hiding Assets? Clues to Look Out For

Pleasanton CA famiy lawAlong with the emotional fallout and stress that comes with divorce, there are financial implications to think about as well. Cost of living continues to rise at a steady rate, and the loss of half or more of the family income post-divorce could prove to be catastrophic.
5th Nov 2021

Can a Child Refuse to See or Stay With the Other Parent?

The aftermath of your divorce can cause waves and impact relationships amongst all members of the family, including children. Many of them struggle to cope with their new arrangements, whether this involves shared custody, having to deal with the loss of both parents under the same roof, and more. 
Oct 2021
20th Oct 2021

What Are the Leading Causes of Divorce in Long-term Marriage?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyPeople commonly assume that younger or newer marriages are more likely to end in divorce than older or more established marriages. However, as we at the Law Offices of James P. White have seen, long-term marriages are not necessarily immune to divorce
15th Oct 2021

Helping Your Family Adjust to a Joint Custody Arrangement

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyThe dust is finally settling and you and the ex are moving to a joint custody arrangement where you both share equal custody of your children. While this approach is often ideal to protect their interests and well-being, the transition itself is not always so easy. This is further complicated by bickering adults, having to adjust to new schedules/lives, having to deal with the sense of loss for the family unit, and more. 
10th Oct 2021

Ask a CA Divorce Attorney: Unemployed or Stay at Home Parent?

Pleasanton CA famiy lawThe job market has been more volatile than ever before, and many parents have struggled with sporadic or no work. The timing can be challenging for those who are currently getting divorced, as unemployment can enable a parent to be with the child full-time and try to tip the custody battle in their favor. 
5th Oct 2021

Divorcing an Unfaithful or Cheating Spouse

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce is almost always a painful process, especially when infidelity or cheating is involved. This often leads to conflicting emotions and a lot of anger or resentment from one or both parties. Unfortunately, this can serve as a double-edged sword in court because even though such strong emotions are involved, it is important that you try to present yourself as composed and amicable in courtroom hearings, mediation, and other family law proceedings.
Sep 2021
26th Sep 2021

What Steps Can I Take to Influence the Resolution of my CA Divorce?

We often talk about how much uncertainty comes with a divorce. With so many factors at play, it can be difficult to predict what the outcome of your divorce may look like with 100% certainty. However, the consequences of your divorce and finalized arrangement can shape your life for years or decades to come. 

Is there anything you can do to help influence or shape this resolution? Today’s post is focused on tips that are meant to empower anyone to help guide their family law case towards a direction that better protects them, as well as the lives of their loved ones. 
20th Sep 2021

Sole Custody in CA: Justifying Your Claim to the Family Law Courts

Pleasanton CA child custodyWhen parents get separated or divorced in CA, child custody is almost always a hot-button issue. Many parents feel that the ex is not a suitable parent and would much rather have sole custody rather than deal with the other parent entirely. 

While requesting sole custody is a valid option when facing the family law courts in CA, the request must be justified in order for the courts to consider the option.Today’s post is a quick look at some legitimate reasons that can help frame your request as you work with your family law attorney and prep for your upcoming CA custody battle.
10th Sep 2021

Best Practices to Help Protect Your Health During Your Divorce

Pleasanton CA divorce prenuptial attorneyDifficult or stressful times can leave a long-term impression on most people, especially when it comes to defining hardships such as divorce. These harrowing experiences don’t just jeopardize your mental health, they can have a very real effect on your physical health as well. 
4th Sep 2021

Mediation Can Pave a Path Forward Even In Disputed Divorces

We often speak about the merits of mediation. The main benefits are simple to grasp: effective mediation saves everyone time, money, and helps all involved parties move forward with a more positive, optimist outlook. It also ensures that relationships between family members can stay relatively stable and amicable, which is critical when there are children involved.