Five Tips to Protect and Maintain Your Separate Property

In the beginning, there was the word, and that word was Separate Property.  Technically, that’s two words, but who’s counting anyway. To those readers who as kids sharpened their crayons so they would never color outside the lines—this article is for you! Unfortunately, that group also stopped reading after the whole word/words debacle in the…

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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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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 families surge.  Job opportunities within a wide range of industries flourish in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and more.  Whole families relocate, or one spouse moves while…

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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 couple to acknowledge and/or work through issues.  On the other hand, do you want to be that guy (or gal) who filed?  Before taking steps…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance. Collaborative divorce has its roots in the idea of interest-based negotiation. There’s a foundational 1981 book, Roger Fisher’s Getting to Yes, that forwards the idea of “principled negotiation.” When you have an idea of what is a fixed need and what is a flexible…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance. I recently ran across an article in the Texas Paralegal Journal, from Austin attorney Hillery Kaplan, entitled, “The Pitfalls of Kitchen Table Divorce.” It’s a good read for someone who is contemplating negotiating divorce terms with his or her spouse directly, rather than going…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Beverly Via. If I could give one piece of advice to someone getting a divorce, it would simply be, “Don’t be difficult.” That’s not to say that you shouldn’t stand up for yourself, or that you should cave in during negotiations. You definitely should understand…

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This article was written by Hance Law Group principal Larry Hance. Recently, there were two celebrity divorce revelations that made their way around the news. I usually only see or hear this type of news in passing and don’t think much of it. However, the stories – concerning Megan Fox and Drew Barrymore’s announcements that…

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