Category Archives: Hance Law Philosophy

Why Do People Really Get Divorced?

This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance.   After thirty some odd years as primarily a divorce attorney, enough clients have come through my door on the way to divorce for the emergence of a collective story. “I knew as I was walking down the aisle,” or some version of this […]

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 Assets are Tied Up in Trusts

This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance.   Many high net worth divorces involve assets contained within a trust, or trusts. One that I’m working with right now involves an issue that can certainly come up in this type of divorce — when a significant percentage of a couple’s assets are tied […]

Why Interest-Based Negotiations are Best

This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance.   Collaborative divorce has its roots in the idea of interest-based negotiation. There’s a foundational 1981 book, Roger Fisher’s Getting to Yes, that forwards the idea of “principled negotiation.” When you have an idea of what is a fixed need and what is a […]

Is a “Kitchen Table” Divorce a Good Idea?

This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance.   I recently ran across an article in the Texas Paralegal Journal, from Austin attorney Hillery Kaplan, entitled, “The Pitfalls of Kitchen Table Divorce.” It’s a good read for someone who is contemplating negotiating divorce terms with his or her spouse directly, rather than […]

The Cost of Being Difficult

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Beverly Via.   If I could give one piece of advice to someone getting a divorce, it would simply be, “Don’t be difficult.” That’s not to say that you shouldn’t stand up for yourself, or that you should cave in during negotiations. You definitely should […]

Value Billing

This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance.   People going into a divorce typically would like to know how much it will cost. For a great number of people, divorce is the most involved legal process they’ll undergo, and there can be some sticker shock on just how expensive it is. […]

Pre-nuptial agreements: Separating myth from fact

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   Popular culture paints a negative stereotype of what a pre-nuptial agreement is and how it functions. We think of rich people trying to protect themselves from “gold-diggers,” or celebrities trying to create borders for marriages that they know won’t last forever.   […]

Cooperative Lawyers vs. Hard Bargainers

As you’re well aware from seeing TV commercials and billboards, some lawyers pride themselves on being extremely aggressive, indicating that they solve legal issues by scaring the other side. There’s a famous Houston lawyer who refers to himself as “The Texas Hammer,” whose motto is, “You have rights – we enforce them with bare knuckles.” […]