Very few family law cases end up in a final trial, whether before a jury or before a judge.  Most of the time, parties are able to settle their differences at some point during the course of the litigation.  Sometimes, these settlements are reached informally, by passing settlement offers back and forth between the lawyers…

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As if divorce weren’t tough enough, throw in long-distance parenting and you’ve got a tricky proposition.  In today’s fast-paced existence, the reality is that both parents aren’t always able to live within the bounds of standard language in your typical Texas custody agreement, whether the reason is financial (job) or personal (you name it). Let’s…

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Coaching is a process which strives to take a situation which is not working as well as it could and make it better.  It looks to the client to take responsibility for the outcome of the process and offers guides to help along the path.  This is not the normal view of the attorney client…

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New Child Support Guidelines, 2019 - What You Need To Know

Child support can be one of the most miscalculated topics (figuratively, literally) within the family law/divorce experience. Not how to arrive at an individual’s recompense, depending on the particulars of a couple’s situation, but on what details actually factor into the equation. With that in mind, this blog endeavors not only to make you aware…

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What You Should do Before Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

Meeting with a divorce attorney is both an extremely stressful and extremely important event.  As with any other important event, you should prepare well for it. And in order to prepare, you need to know a little about what to expect. What to expect: Most family lawyers insist on an initial meeting in person, except…

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How Tax Reforms Could Impact Your Divorce

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 exception.  In myriad ways, these provisions will likely make divorce even more painful and complicated.  Specifically, the new law’s changes on the tax treatment of…

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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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This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Beverly Via. In recent years, we have seen first-hand a growing trend, referred to as the “gray divorce” phenomenon, involving couples who are at least 50 years of age. According to a Washington Post article from October 2014, divorce for couples over 50 has doubled…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance. Texas is sometimes a state that marches to its own beat, and that’s certainly the case with mediation. Texas came into mediation fairly late in the game, and it was an option in civil cases before it was adopted for family law. As a…

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