Jun 2020
30th Jun 2020

Defining Temporary Spousal Support in California

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWhile most people are familiar with the concept of spousal support, almost everyone draws a blank when it comes to temporary spousal support. What does the “temporary” part entail, and is it something that is granted to you, or do you have to pay it to the ex?
20th Jun 2020

The Benefits of Settling in a Child Custody Dispute

As a soon-to-be-separated couple prepares for the divorce process, the biggest questions often center on child custody. Most parents want to maximize the time they have with their child, and many are more than willing to fight to get the lion’s share of custody.
10th Jun 2020

How Family Law Court Closures are Impacting Pending Cases

Pleasanton CA famiy lawAs the COVID-19 crisis continues to expand across all states, many state and federal courts remain closed to the public. This means that the majority of hearings and other proceedings have been postponed. While the move makes sense on a public health basis, this can be a troubling development for many who are currently dealing with a family law issue such as divorce or custody dispute.
3rd Jun 2020

Facts About Custody and Visitation for Dads in California

Pleasanton CA child custodyAt the Law Offices of James P. White, we take the time to set expectations with each of our clients. This includes dads, many who have questions about custody in CA and may want clarification on the various misconceptions that they’ve heard.
May 2020
29th May 2020

A Refresher on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Mediation

Pleasanton CA divorce prenuptial attorneyAt the Law Offices of James P. White, we focus on taking clients through legal venues and options that best make sense for their legal needs. Over the years, this has made mediation a popular alternative to traditional divorce proceedings not just in our offices, but across the entire legal arena. 
23rd May 2020

Child Custody and Visitation Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pleasanton CA child custodyAs the COVID-19 epidemic goes on into the summer, Alameda County has released a variety of guidelines in regards to child custody and visitation issues that might crop up during these unusual times. Naturally, there’s a lot of questions floating around, especially in regards to child custody and visitation.

Here’s a quick crash course of what these guidelines entail.
12th May 2020

Divorce Statistics: Who is Getting Divorced These Days?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyFollowing up on our last blog post, today we wanted to look at the statistics from a different angle. Today’s post is a look at what the average couple that is getting divorced consists of.

Of course, note that we’re only looking at this from a general statistics perspective. Everyone’s situation is unique and we at the Law Offices of James P. White understand that a one-size fits all approach does not work when it comes to divorce.
2nd May 2020

Are Divorce Rates Climbing or Decreasing?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyThese days, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to certain discussions. Divorce is no exception, and you’ll find countless claims based on a plethora of studies from all over the world.

In an attempt to paint a more cohesive picture, we’ve decided to look at the statistics as compiled by experts. In other words, this summary is based on an analysis of all of these studies.
Apr 2020
29th Apr 2020

Tips for Co-Parenting during the COVID-19 Outbreak

We’re now several months into the COVID-19 outbreak and the timeline is still rather blurred. With different states and organizations offering different guidelines, it’s clear that we are still at least weeks away from returning to any sort of “normal.” 
23rd Apr 2020

A Few Key Terms to Know When Navigating a Divorce in CA

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyToday, we wanted to switch things up a bit. Instead of taking a more focused look at one topic, we thought it might be useful to compile a brief vocabulary list that can help anyone involved in a CA divorce. This post contains some of the more common terms you should be familiar with, though keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list! 
14th Apr 2020

How Power of Attorney Can Help Protect Your Child If You Become Ill

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyWith the COVID-19 outbreak in the forefront of everyone’s mind, many parents have begun to ask themselves the following question: “what if I get sick?” This doesn’t just apply to the coronavirus either, and the possibility of illness or disability is always present. 
5th Apr 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Divorces Across the Country

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyThe effects that COVID-19 is having across all facets of life is unprecedented. The outbreak has spun the economy to a stand-still, infected over 3.5 million people globally as of this writing, and has forced countless into voluntary and involuntary quarantine.

Today, we’re discussing the effects that the pandemic is having on divorces, especially considering that many courts are closed for divorces. 
Mar 2020
28th Mar 2020

Requesting a Custody Modification: Do I Need a Lawyer?

Pleasanton CA child custodyOnce a judge makes a custody order, the decision isn’t set in stone forever. In fact, custody modifications are fairly common, and we typically see parents request modifications every 2-3 years. Reasons for requesting a modification can include changes in circumstances such as if one or both parents move, one or both parents get a new job with new hours, or even when one parent refuses to comply with the current order.
20th Mar 2020

How Divorcing an Addict Can Carry Additional Challenges

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyAddiction is a difficult struggle not just for the addict, but for his/her loved ones as well. We often see the toll that addiction takes on a marriage, and in many cases the problem only gets worse over time. In some cases, people are able to fight their addiction via approaches such as 12 step programs, but unfortunately relapses happen and the cycle continues.

At some point, a person has to choose between staying with a spouse who is suffering from a worsening addiction, or leave the marriage for their own sake. For today’s post, we want to take a look at the unique struggles and challenges faced by someone who is trying to leave a marriage where addiction is a problem.
12th Mar 2020

A Refresher on Common Divorce Mistakes to Avoid

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWith each passing year, divorce rates have decreased a bit across the United States. That said, plenty of people are still getting divorced year after year, and we thought we’d take some time to offer a refresher on a key topic: common divorce mistakes. 
7th Mar 2020

Tips for Dealing with False Accusations in Court

Pleasanton CA famiy lawBeing on the receiving end of a false accusation while in court can be terrifying. False accusations are unfortunately a common occurrence when it comes to family law cases in CA. This is especially true when the ex might be feeling vindictive or is willing to go to any lengths to “win” a case.
Feb 2020
25th Feb 2020

About Adult Adoption in California

Pleasanton CA famiy lawAdult adoption is a fairly common occurrence in CA. Defined as the process where one adult adopts a younger, unrelated adult, this type of adoption isn’t often at the forefront of family law discussions.
18th Feb 2020

Transgender Adoption in California

Pleasanton CA family law attorneyMaking the choice to adopt a child can be an exciting and sometimes stressful process for those who want to become parents. There’s extensive paperwork involved for opposite sex and same sex couples alike and then a potentially long waiting period for an answer. The couple wanting to adopt will also have to go through an intense interviewing process to make sure everything checks out from a legal stance in order to be considered fit for parenting. Given all this red tape, what does this mean for those who identify as transgender and who are also wanting to adopt?
10th Feb 2020

Divorce After 50 is On the Rise

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce rates appear to be on the decline due to wary millennials waiting longer to settle down and marry, yet divorce rates after the age of 50 have been steadily increasing in the U.S. since the early nineties. Gray divorce (known also as divorce after 50) has been found to be even more devastating for both parties than with other age groups. This isn’t only from a financial angle, but an emotional one as well. Research has shown that the older a couple is, the more difficult it can be to bounce back after experiencing a loss like a divorce. 
3rd Feb 2020

The Connection Between Divorce and Mental Health

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyMarriage can be a roller coaster of good times as well as stressful ones for many couples, even when they are generally happy within their union. When you have a partner that is affected by something like a diagnosed mental illness, the marriage usually takes on an additional layer of stress if the other partner is not equipped to deal with this type of marital discord.
Jan 2020
25th Jan 2020

Expecting a Rocky Divoce? Steps to Take In Preparation

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWe at the Law Offices of James P. White often advocate for alternative dispute resolutions, or any other route that might avoid a hostile and contentious divorce. However, as years of experience have illustrated, a tough or rocky divorce isn’t always avoidable.
15th Jan 2020

The Ex Isn’t Paying Child Support, Can I Deny Visitation Rights?

Pleasanton CA famiy lawDealing with child custody and support is never easy: after all, this often involves complex emotions and disputes where neither party is willing to budge. For example, one of the most common types of conflicts involves a parent who refuses to pay his or her court-mandated child support.
10th Jan 2020

Legalized Marijuana Usage and Child Custody

Pleasanton CA child custodyIn the state of California, recreational marijuana was legalized in 2018 for adults aged 21 and up. This may seem like a victory to those who choose to partake in its usage on a regular basis, but for some, this recreational habit may not bode well when in the middle of a child custody battle with an ex-spouse or domestic partner. 
3rd Jan 2020

When is a Collaborative Divorce Most Appropriate?

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyIt’s never easy when a romantic relationship dissolves. When a marriage or legal partnership ends, there is usually even more at stake. If both parties recognize that the relationship is no longer salvageable and must end, divorce can be a painstaking process for everyone involved.