What back in the day was called a “social study” is now termed a “child custody evaluation”—either way, if you have one, full disclosure: you, your ex, and your children are probably in for a roller coaster. By no means am I saying do not have an evaluation—sometimes they are absolutely necessary, the clear right…

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Best Interest of the Child One of the most vital (and potentially contentious) aspects of a divorce settlement concerns “parenting time.” Everyone has heard “primary parent,” “joint custody,” or even “weekend dad” tossed around, but how much truth—or misinformation—underlies these phrases? The Texas courts (and legislature) have established basic public policy regarding suitable time children…

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Divorce is such a deep swell of emotion, sometimes couples vastly underestimate the challenges of daily practicalities once the decree is signed.  The mundane daily no longer “shared” tasks may be, in and of themselves, no big deal. But now everything is different. Shuttling kids from one place to another may not be as straightforward…

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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 be a positive.  First, what exactly is the “Right of First Refusal”?  Simply put, if a parent in possession of the child(ren) will be…

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From litigation to collaborative divorce, Hance Law Group offers you every option for settling your divorce or other family law matter in such a way that brings you peace of mind, while also protecting your priorities. Divorce decisions are matters of both law and heart. Choose the law firm that can help you prioritize them…

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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 once a child turns 12 years old, he or she can select which parent to live with, and that’s not quite the case. When a…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James. In my previous article, we looked at the rules around summer parenting time in Texas, as laid out in the standard and expanded parenting plans that are in many Texas divorce decrees. In this article, I wanted to look at where conflicts can…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James. For divorcing couples with children, the negotiations over parenting time can be challenging, especially if one parent wants 50/50 time. In Texas, there’s a standard possession order and there’s an election to extend possession times commonly known as an expanded possession order, parenting…

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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 those…

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