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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

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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)

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

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Lisa A Vance

 

 

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Custody battle lasting 2 years strains father/son relationship

| May 9, 2014 | Child Custody |

For many children, their father is just as important as their mother. Whether their parents live together or not, both can play positive roles in a child’s upbringing. The only condition is that they are willing and suitable parents. In Texas, child custody laws aim to establish arrangements that are in the best interests of the child. However, sometimes this can be extremely difficult to ascertain.

In New Mexico, one such dispute may have cost a father his relationship with his two sons. The whole saga began with the death of the boys’ mother in 2012 following a battle with cancer. During their mother’s illness, the boys had been cared for by the close-knit community of Grady, where they lived. They still saw their father, visiting him in Texas during their vacations. 

When the mother died, the father made plans to take the boys back with him to Texas after the mother’s funeral. However, it was not to be. The boys’ deceased mother reportedly had wanted her sons to stay in Grady if they wished to, and they did. The boys were taken in by a local couple who had cared for them during their mother’s illness. A judge appointed the couple temporary guardians of the boys.

The father contested the decision, seeking custody of his sons, but was initially refused. In the meantime, the judge upgraded the status of the local couple to permanent guardians. It was almost two years before the ruling was overturned, but by then the boys were older and reportedly not so close to their father. It is a complicated case, because the boys’ wishes came into conflict with their father’s when they were already old enough to choose their own guardians.

It is possible that the boys may have been just as happy in either home. However, the case resonates with fathers in Texas, whose own children may be far away and only visit on vacations. If you are unhappy with your custody arrangements, it is important to stand up for your rights. A family law attorney may be able to help you prove your suitability as a parent and increase your chances of securing an arrangement that benefits you and your child.

Source: Albuquerque Journal, “A custody fight gone crazy,” Jolene Gutierrez Krueger, April 30, 2014

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