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How should I conduct myself in the courtroom?

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At the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, we're mindful of how unfamiliar many of our clients are with courtrooms. Indeed, for a great number of our family law clients, divorce court is the first time in their lives they've ever been inside a courtroom. A lot of what they assume to be true about court comes from TV and movies - which doesn't give the full, accurate picture of what it's like.

In my divorce, what do I include in my inventory of assets and liabilities?

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When you're preparing for a divorce, one of the most important things you'll do is compile a list of assets and liabilities that both you and your spouse have accumulated together during the marriage, as well as any other assets and liabilities that might be considered separate property under Texas law.

The people getting married today might need pre-nups the most

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The divorce rate in the United States today is indeed declining, in large part because of the types of people who are choosing to get married as well as the types of people who aren't. That's the conclusion of an article published this past fall in The Atlantic -- one that makes us think about an option heading into marriage that more couples should think about. 

Do women really initiate divorce more than men?

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We recently saw an article that caught our attention regarding who in a marriage is more likely to initiate divorce. The study cited in a Psychology Today article noted, in a study involving more than 2,000 heterosexual couples, that nearly 7 in 10 divorces were first sought by the wife rather than the husband. By contrast, women and men were nearly equal in initiating breakups for non-marital relationships.

Is there a difference in how men and women are affected by divorce?

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We came across a recent, fascinating article in Psych Central on the differences between men and women in divorce - particularly, in the emotional effects they experience. It serves as a good reminder that men and women do indeed have differences that need to be factored in to the divorce process.

What are the benefits of being divorced?

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"What are the benefits of being divorced?" It seems like an odd question to ask, particularly thinking about the emotional challenges facing people during and after the divorce, as well as the financial challenges it can bring. But in moving from the uncertainty of contemplating divorce to the certainly of a finalized divorce, many people can begin the glorious process of moving on and moving past it.

How does parenting time work for spring break?

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March brings with it one of the most wonderful and challenging weeks of the year to be a parent: Spring Break. It's an opportunity - if a parent's and child's vacation time can be coordinated - to take a trip together or just some spent well-earned downtime as a family. But that can be a big if.

What is forensic accounting, and how can it play a role in my divorce?

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We recently received a newsletter article from theKFORDgroup, the San Antonio-based accounting firm we know and love, about the role of the forensic accountant. We find it in an interesting topic, as a forensic accountant can be helpful in a number of cases we oversee. For example, there might be an estate including a business owned by one of the parties that needs valuation, or there might concern about fraud or financial mismanagement impacting the value of the estate.

Therefore, we wanted to share more information about forensic accounting here, along with a few of our thoughts at the end.


When people hear the term "forensic science," they usually think of the TV show CSI. What comes to mind when you hear the term "forensic accounting?" Accounting is a technical area of expertise - and, like forensic scientists offering opinions about scientific matters, forensic accountants may be called on to serve as expert witnesses in commercial litigation. Here's how these experts can help clients unearth hidden assets and liabilities, revenue and expenses - and even help solve crimes. 

Parenting Plans for Children from 13-17 Years

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This is one in a series of four articles, in a collaboration between Law Office of Lisa A. Vance founder Lisa Vance and Dr. Becky Davenport, founder of the San Antonio-based Institute of Couple and Family Enhancement, looking at parenting plans in divorce decrees from a child's perspective.

Bexar County's standing orders - which judges often adopt by default when hearing divorce cases - don't adequately account for what children need from their parents at different age levels, especially after divorce. We're addressing four different age groups in order to help parents going through divorce think about what their children need.

Teenagers are obviously more mature and more independent than any of the previous groups of children we've talked about, but it's not necessarily an easier age group.

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