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San Antonio Family Law Blog

What can I get out of a consultation?

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The attorneys here at the Law Office of Lisa Vance consider our relationships with our clients to be of the highest importance. I see my first meeting with each client to be important for many reasons, but one of the most crucial is that it gives both of us a chance to develop the level of comfort necessary for the difficult process ahead.

Can a stepfather have paternal rights?

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One of the most surprising aspects of the Texas Family Code, as it relates to father's rights, deals with stepdads. It's actually possible for a stepdad to gain parental rights to a child if he meets several requirements. But even with that provision in Texas law, it can take a knowledgeable attorney to help secure those rights.

 

When paternity is in question

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Determining the paternity of a child sometimes starts with a  "he-said-she-said" scenario that eventually works its way to court. Whether it comes from determining that the father of a child should be paying child support, or a father trying to establish his rights to have a role in raising his child, there's a clear-cut, scientific way to figure out paternity.

Is a collaborative divorce better for my children?

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If you're planning to get a divorce and you have children, you should consider collaborative divorce as an option. There are many great reasons for choosing the collaborative route, starting with your need to prepare for a co-parenting relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.


How do I get my parental rights restored?

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When a parent has his or her parental rights limited in the Texas Family Courts, it can be a devastating blow--or it can be a wake-up call that leads to meaningful life changes. I've seen many parents who undergo rehabilitation or anger management programs and come out better people and better parents.

What you need might be different than what you want

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Though divorce has lots of causes, there's one of three ways it ultimately starts: Either you decide to move forward with a divorce, you and your spouse decide together, or you're blindsided by a spouse that announces it to you or serves you papers. When that happens, a lot of emotions surge to the surface, and you think in terms of what you want.


Do you really want a "pitbull" divorce lawyer?

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Let's say you've found a lawyer who boasts about being a "pitbull." This lawyer will fight for you in court, promises to win, and promises to stick it to your spouse in the process.

 

Why do I need a team to protect my assets in a high-net-worth divorce?

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Why would a couple getting divorced need a whole team of people to protect their assets? Because some marital estates are more complicated than others. If it's a high net worth divorce, or one or both parties run businesses, or if their assets are more complex than is typical of couples, it's worth it to bring financial experts into the discussion.


Is anger the driving force in your divorce?

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Emotion plays a huge role in divorce. You don't need me to tell you that. But as a family lawyer who helps people through divorces every day, it can help to hear from me how it can negatively impact a divorce, and why it's so important to me that people try to keep emotion out of divorce as much as possible.

 

What do we do when all we agree on is getting a divorce?

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Some couples come to our law offices requesting what they call an "agreed divorce." To them, this means that they've thought about the issues, and agree in principle as to how they want to divide assets, handle the parenting schedule, what the child support amount should be, and whatever else might be needed in their divorce decree.


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