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Johnathan Tracy Ball Esq.

Johnathan Tracy Ball Esq.

  • Family Law, Divorce, Personal Injury...
  • Texas
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Summary

It is always best to settle divorces on amicable terms. This is especially true when children are involved. But when an agreement cannot be reached, you need a divorce and child custody attorney that knows the law and has real world courtroom experience. I have extensive experience both in and out of the courtroom in dealing with child custody and divorce cases. I am Board Certified in Family Law and Board Certified in Criminal Law. Call now at 956-501-6565 or e-mail johnballattorney@gmail.com for a free consultation.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Personal Injury
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appeals & Appellate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Johnathan Ball provides free consultation to all prospective clients. He will meet with you free of charge to discuss your case. Feel free to contact Johnathan Bal if you have any legal questions. If he am unable to take your case, Mr. Ball can refer you to someone that will be able to assist you.
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  • Contingent Fees
    Johnathan Ball handles personal injury cases and all types of plaintiff's cases on a contingent basis. Mr. Ball charge 1/3 of any amounts recovered.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Johnathan Ball's rates are based on the number of hours of work your case will require. The more complex the case, the greater the cost. Feel free to contact Mr.Ball to discuss rates and retainers.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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Languages
  • Spanish
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Johnathan Ball Attorney at Law
Current
Education
St. Mary's University
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Texas A&M University - College Station
B.A | Political Science
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Professional Associations
Hidalgo County Bar Association
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Current
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Hidalgo County Bar Association-Criminal Law Section
Member
Current
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Texas State Bar # 24045443
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- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
18 Wheeler/Commercial Vehicle Accidents-The McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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2019 Car Accident Statistics in McAllen, Texas
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50/50 Custody Splits in McAllen, Texas
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Above Guideline Child Support in McAllen, Texas
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Best Interests of the Child Standard in McAllen, Texas
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Child Custody in McAllen, Texas
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Constitutional Rights of Parents in McAllen, Texas
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Dealing with Insurance Companies After An Accident
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Dram Shop Case-The McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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Drunk Driving Accident LawsuitsThe McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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Handling Wrongful Death Claims-The McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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Manufacturer Defects/Products Liability in Texas-The McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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Mediated Settlement Agreements in Divorce Cases in McAllen, Texas
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Proving Fault in a Car Accident in McAllen, Texas
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Restraining Orders in McAllen, Texas Divorces
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SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER AFTER AN ACCIDENT -MCALLEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
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Social Studies in Child Custody Cases in McAllen, Texas
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The MCALLEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
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Third Party Standing in Custody Cases in McAllen, Texas
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Understanding Personal Injury Statute of Limitations-The McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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Visitation Schedules in Divorce Cases in McAllen, Texas
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Whiplash Car Accidents in McAllen, Texas
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Wrongful Death Cases - The McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer
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Certifications
Board Certified in Criminal Law
Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
Board Certified in Family Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
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McAllen Divorce Lawyer
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. Ex ordered to pay half our son’s unreimbursed medical expenses. He took off; no idea whereabouts. Next step?
A: If the insurance is State funded, you can contact the Attorney General to enforce the Court Order. Otherwise, you need to hire a lawyer to file a Motion to Enforce the Child Support Order. He can be served out of State with the Motion to Enforce. Eventually, the Court could hold him in contempt. But my experience has been the Court's will afford him an opportunity to bring himself into compliance before finding him in contempt.
Q. I informed my child’s mother that I was going to take her to court for 7 and 7 joint custody and she blocked my number
A: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The first question I have is how old is you child? If he/she is old enough to go to school, you can likely have her served at school during pickup and drop off. If child is not in school, you may want to consider employing a private investigator to find her. Also, if you search for her and cannot find her, you may be able ask the court for alternate service where you are allowed to notify her via a family member or friend. Finally, if you know where she is staying, considering asking the police to do a wellness check on you child and document that you told mom your plans and she blocked you. Speak with an attorney to begin the process.
Q. Need legal advise for family law pertaining to alimony and spousal maintenance
A: There is a difference between alimony and spousal support. A Texas Court cannot Order alimony. It can Order spousal support. However, the parties can agree to what is called contractual alimony. If they agree to contractual alimony, then it can be put in the divorce decree and enforced as a court order. Spousal support is different. If you have been married for at least ten years, and do not possess the skills necessary to provide for your basic needs, then the court may order spousal support. Think of situations where a husband was the primary bread winner for 15 years and wife was a homemaker. Wife has not been in the workforce for those 15 years. The Court can order husband to pay monthly spousal support to allow wife time to enter the workforce and begin earning. The Court must consider also the size of the estate being awarded to wife. If it is a large estate, and wife is awarded a large six figure portion, spousal support may not happen. The court is instructed to look at the following; the marriage has been for ten years or longer and the spouse made diligent efforts to either earn sufficient income or to develop necessary skills while the divorce is pending to meet his or her minimum reasonable needs; or the other spouse has committed family violence; or the requesting spouse has an incapacitating disability that arose during marriage; or a child of the marriage (of any age) has a physical or mental disability that prevents the spouse who cares for and supervises the child from earning sufficient income. The easiest way is to contact an attorney to have a discussion about this issue.
Q. I'm trying to get full custody of my kids. father has been m.i.a for two weeks. how can i get a court date.
A: Your best option is to hire an attorney. You need to file a suit affecting the parent child relationship (SAPCR) and have father served. If you cannot locate him there are other methods for getting him served. As far as "full custody", Texas really does not have such a thing. There is joint custody, where each parents have mostly equal rights to the children, but one parent is designated as primary and the other is provided a visitation schedule, such as a standard possession order. If there is a history of domestic violence, you may be able to obtain what is called Sole Managing Conservatorship which would allow you greater control over the decision making for the children. But regardless, substantially more often than not, father will receive some type of visitation schedule with the children.
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Johnathan Ball Attorney at Law
7022 N. 1st Lane
MCALLEN, TX 78504-1930
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Toll-Free: (956) 501-6565