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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Last spring, Fort Worth Representative Matthew Krause caused quite a stir, proposing a bill that would make Texas a divorce “fault state.”  Proponents of the bill suggested “fault” would keep families together by disallowing the “quick divorce” and encouraging couples with children to keep their marriage together for the sake of the family. This idea…

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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. With the possibility of same-sex marriage now a reality in Texas (and all other states), there’s an interesting debate that might come up as the possibility of same-sex divorce in Texas becomes more and more real for some couples. The question is simple…

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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 support order can be modified if: It has been three or more years since the order was established or last modified and the monthly amount…

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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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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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