In December, Larry Hance presented to the Dallas Bar Association’s Collaborative Law Section. His topic: “What Would Happen if an Entire Town Embraced Collaborative Law? The Lessons of Medicine Hat.” What, you might ask, is Medicine Hat and what does it have to do with family law? Medicine Hat is a town in Alberta that…

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The right of first refusal can create a police state mentality. Clocking the comings and goings of an ex is anathema to healing.  It is a great way to remain angry, stuck, and convinced of moral “right-ness,” which might feel good in the moment but brings eventual misery.  Heard the expression would you rather be…

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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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The idea of a prenuptial agreement is not particularly romantic. There’s a reason no mood-lit prenup signing appears before the finale in “The Bachelor.” Yet in the real world, prenuptial agreements, at times, are necessary—or at least, very advisable. When is a prenup wise to consider? In Texas, whatever money made during the marriage, regardless…

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The simplest definition of a high net worth divorce is a divorce involving a client who has a considerable amount of wealth amassed – generally speaking, this would be someone with at least $5 million in liquid assets. But that’s not anywhere close to being a complete definition, for high net worth divorces typically involve…

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When new clients come into our office for the first time, they often come into those meetings with some misunderstandings about divorce. Sometimes, they come from hearing about divorces in other states, where the laws can differ significantly from what exists in Texas. Sometimes, they’re shaped from TV or movies, where writers might take artistic…

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When you are seeking a divorce, obviously you want to hire a “good” lawyer. But this is where it gets complicated–what is a “good” lawyer? The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “good” covers a lot of ground: “of a favorable character or tendency”; “that can be relied on”; “agreeable, pleasant”; “honorable”; “deserving of respect”; “commendable”; “competent,…

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One of the highlights at a Collaborative Law Conference recently held in Dallas was a presentation by T. Boone Pickens. Following his talk with the group, he gave an entertaining and enlightening interview to the Dallas Business Journal which can be seen here. He spoke frankly about the difference between traditional courtroom divorce and collaborative…

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