Author Archives: Jonathan James

Right of First Refusal, Part Two: What about the Kids?

  The right of first refusal can create a police state mentality. Clocking the comings and goings of an ex is anathema to healing.  It is a great way to remain angry, stuck, and convinced of moral “right-ness,” which might feel good in the moment but brings eventual misery.  Heard the expression would you rather […]

When Grandparents (or Other Relatives) Seek Custody

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   In the vast majority of my cases involving custody, both parents are involved and are the only ones involved with the dispute. Occasionally, though, I’ll encounter a situation in which a grandparent or another relative is seeking custody, looking to keep both […]

When Does a Same-Sex Marriage in Texas Begin?

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   With the possibility of same-sex marriage now a reality in Texas (and all other states), there’s an interesting debate that might come up as the possibility of same-sex divorce in Texas becomes more and more real for some couples.   The question […]

Child Support: How To Modify

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   There are specific guidelines in Texas for modifying child support. According to the Texas Family Code, a child support order can be modified if:   It has been three or more years since the order was established or last modified and the […]

Child Support: How It Can Be Litigated

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   Your view on child support is most certainly defined by what side of the equation you’re on. If you pay child support to an ex-spouse, you can be concerned or even alarmed with how much you’re paying, and if you’re receiving child […]

Summer Parenting Time: Conflicts, Alternatives and Tools

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   In my previous article, we looked at the rules around summer parenting time in Texas, as laid out in the standard and expanded parenting plans that are in many Texas divorce decrees. In this article, I wanted to look at where conflicts […]

Summer Parenting Time: How It Works

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   For divorcing couples with children, the negotiations over parenting time can be challenging, especially if one parent wants 50/50 time. In Texas, there’s a standard possession order and there’s an election to extend possession times commonly known as an expanded possession order, […]

Limited Scope Services for Post-Divorce

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   In my last article, I talked about the limited scope services we provide for divorce. Though divorce is where we concentrate a lot of our family law services, we also do a good deal of work post-divorce. And because of the nature […]