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As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop and evolve, the safety, health and well-being of our clients and our team is extremely important to us. We are watching for the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and international medical experts to learn how we can best manage our facility and our clients.

We would like to reassure you that The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. will continue to be available to provide services to all of our clients.

Our lawyers and paralegals are working in the office and electronically, although most of us are working from home. Below is a list of FAQs regarding our response and commitment to you during COVID-19.

Can I even have a consultation with my lawyer remotely?

Yes, The Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. has a comprehensive remote working capability and all of our lawyers and paralegals are equipped to work securely from home.

Will my lawyer be available to answer questions and work on my case?

Yes, your legal matters will continue to receive our attention. You can email, call, or videoconference with your lawyer during this time.

We also have multiple videoconferencing options; please contact your attorney for the platform that works best for you

How are court hearings and appointments affected?

Court in Bexar County are now conducted by Zoom Please see our blog article Court via Zoom: It’s Actually, Really Court (and Here’s How It Works)

Can I consult with a lawyer about a new family law or divorce matter?

Yes, we have office staff working in house and remotely to ensure continuity in our business. For information about a family law or divorce matter, please call our office or complete the Request a Consultation Form.

Your family law matters remain our top concern and we are not going to permit this pandemic to take priority over your needs. We will remain confident, alert and prepared.

We wish you and your family well as we work through this difficult situation together.

With warm regards,
Lisa A Vance

 

 

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Is same-sex divorce legal where same-sex marriage is not?

| Apr 4, 2014 | Divorce |

People know that divorce will change their lives. It changes relationships with children, ownership of property and even relationships with other people. People who are unhappy in their marriage often go through divorce proceedings with this in mind, knowing that the changes can bring new beginnings and a fresh start. But one demographic of our country is currently learning that divorce may not be available to everyone.

Just because same-sex marriage is banned in Texas doesn’t mean that there are no same-sex marriages in the state. Couples can be legally married in states such as New York or California but find themselves moving to a state in which same-sex marriage is banned. A Florida woman is experiencing just this, as she seeks to divorce her spouse whom she married in Massachusetts. The case has called into question whether it’s possible for same-sex couples to get divorced in a state that does not allow same-sex marriage.

The Florida woman’s divorce attorneys don’t expect the judge to recognize or accept the divorce request, and they have already begun preparing a case if they need to appeal. They believe that the divorce would eliminate the marriage, thus it would fit with the marriage ban rather than violate it. The attorneys are no doubt encouraged by the fact that there have already been same-sex divorce cases in Florida and that judges in these cases have granted same-sex divorces.

While same-sex marriage is currently banned in Texas, it is not guaranteed to stay that way. Same-sex couples who were married in another state but now live in Texas, or same-sex couples who one day hope to be married in Texas, should consider what they would do if they one day decide their marriage should end. Even if gay and lesbian couples aren’t married, experienced legal counsel may be necessary if child custody matters are an issue.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Tampa couple’s divorce could challenge same-sex marriage ban,” Leonora LaPeter Anton, March 29, 2014

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