Category Archives: Preparing for Divorce

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 […]

How Pregnancy Affects Divorce

This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance.   Recently, there were two celebrity divorce revelations that made their way around the news. I usually only see or hear this type of news in passing and don’t think much of it. However, the stories – concerning Megan Fox and Drew Barrymore’s announcements […]

Limited Scope Services for Divorce

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   One of the options our firm offers divorcing couples is what we call limited scope services. As you’re aware, divorce runs across a wide spectrum of emotions and situations – some couples might have a very contentious divorce in which they either […]

Divorce with Special Needs Kids

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Beverly Via.   When parents divorce, it can be challenging to factor in what the children need from the time of the divorce to when they graduate from high school. When parents of children with special needs divorce, however, the challenge is even greater, as […]

Same-Sex Divorces

When the Supreme ollourt made its landmark decision last year to legalize same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), I was particularly curious, as a family lawyer, to see what issues might arise in same-sex divorce cases and how they’d differ from divorces involving heterosexual couples. Although I’ve helped same sex couples resolve their financial and child-related […]

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.” […]