Settlement of the Bezos divorce has been big news this month.  According to news reports, Jeff Bezos is to receive 75% of his and MacKenzie Bezos’ stock in Amazon. Her share of the stock is worth about $36 billion dollars, making her one of the wealthiest women in the world, at 48 years old. We…

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When Divorce Requires Litigation

When Litigation is Necessary A good, experienced family law attorney understands – and advises his clients – that the courthouse is the emergency room of the legal system. There are many ways to resolve issues that are much better for the “patients,” the clients, than going up against their spouse in front of a judge.…

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Hance Law Group Has Moved Office Locations Effective Monday, January 28, we are excited to announce that we have moved to a new office location at: 12400 Coit Road Suite 1270 Dallas, TX 75251 Our phone and fax number have remained the same. Our new office is located at 12400 Coit Road, Suite 1270. The…

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Is a “Kitchen Table” Divorce a Good Idea? A recent article in the Texas Paralegal Journal, by Austin attorney Hillery Kaplan, entitled, “The Pitfalls of Kitchen Table Divorce.” starts a good conversation about this issue.   And it’s a good read for someone who’s contemplating negotiating divorce terms with his or her spouse directly, rather than…

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Adultery in Divorce

I’m often asked if adultery is the main reason people divorce. My answer is no, but it’s one of the main symptoms of a failing marriage. And even though extra-marital relationships aren’t the main cause (in my opinion), they certainly end up being a big focus of the divorce process. So, when a party who…

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Just Keep Swimming Navigating the path to a divorce decree can be perilous.  Imagine yourself on one side of a body of water.  On the other lies a picturesque island: whiter sand, better food, fill in the blank.  Only catch is, to arrive and survive you must swim the treacherous waters in between.  No shortcuts.…

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College Expenses Let’s nail down a general definition.  Typical college expenses may include: tuition, room and board, dues/fees, transportation/travel, books, medical/dental fees, general living expenses, monthly allowance, and extracurricular activities. The Current Law The standard by which Texas family courts make decisions regarding the children of divorcing parents is always and always will be the…

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In my last article, I talked about high net worth divorce and key factors that often make these situations more complex than your standard divorce. Working with these clients requires close guidance, beginning with a comprehensive financial assessment to glean what will be termed community property or separate. From the start, I advise clients that…

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The simplest definition of a “high net worth divorce” involves a client who has at least $5 million in liquid assets—but that is far from a complete definition.  It’s not just a grand total: net worth divorces involve a host of financial and legal considerations that cover a wide range of potential hurdles.  At Hance…

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It might be a stretch to say social media causes divorce, but it appears mingling a fragile marriage with social media can, at times, prove toxic. Over recent years, a definite uptick in entanglements regarding Facebook usage (and other social media sites) has grown exponentially among my clients seeking divorce; our cultural Internet obsession filled…

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