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Author: Jonathan James

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...

Can Older Children in Divorce Pick Which Parent to Live With?

Sep 30, 2016
This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James. Recently, some clients have asked me about an oft-misunderstood element of the Texas Family Code. They believe that...

When Does a Same-Sex Marriage in Texas Begin?

Sep 16, 2016
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...

Child Support: How To Modify

Aug 5, 2016
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...
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