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Author: Jonathan James

Mediation, Part 2: The Do’s and Don’ts Once You’re There

May 21, 2019
In the first post about mediation, we discussed what mediation actually IS and what it IS NOT. Now you know the basics, the logical follow up is what TO DO...

Mediation, What It Is And What It Isn’t – Part 1

Apr 17, 2019
I hear the word ‘mediation’ tossed around often, and too often I suspect the person doing the talking doesn’t actually fully understand the definition.   Which is okay, this stuff can...

How the Tax Reforms on Alimony Could Impact Your Divorce

Sep 5, 2018
In the largest tax overhaul since 1986, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress seem set to affect all walks of America; those seeking divorce are certainly no...

Parental Substance Abuse and Children: Steps to Protection & Ensuring Treatment Requirements

May 21, 2018
Part One: Steps to Protection Substance Statistics Substance abuse, as most of us are aware, is distressingly common. According to a study from Harvard in 2016, 1 in 5 U.S....

Who Gets the House in Divorce?

Mar 12, 2018
As a divorce attorney, this is a question I get hit with regularly.  Lots of concerned voices.  Actually–while divorce is anything but simple–the house and requisite who/what/when/where does not have...

Custody Fight: When Grandparents or Other Relatives Seek Parental Rights

Nov 8, 2017
This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James, and was republished by the State Bar of Texas here. In the majority of my cases involving custody, both...

How long do you have to live in Texas to file for divorce?

Oct 31, 2017
Residency Requirements and the Texas Divorce As Texas (North Texas, particularly) booms commercially and industrially, an increasingly attractive destination for an ever-growing number of companies, relocation for out of state...

5 Important Tips Before You File for Divorce

Sep 12, 2017
Yes, it does happen.  People who file for divorce sometimes end up not going through with it.  One spouse filing might serve as a necessary wake-up call to encourage a...

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

May 24, 2017
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...

Right of First Refusal, Part One: What is it and how can it Backfire?

May 18, 2017
The concept sounds perfectly rational—good, in fact—in theory.  If both parties in a divorce settlement understand the agreement and potential results therein, a “Right of First Refusal” within a decree...
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