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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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Same-sex couples could face child custody issues

| Aug 6, 2014 | Child Custody |

Child custody is a difficult topic to tackle. No matter what custody arrangement is reached, your relationship with your child may never be the same.

While cases of joint custody seem to be growing more common, cases in which one parent is given custody over the other still happen fairly often. There are a number of reasons that someone might be deemed an unfit parent, but in some instances, a parent is given no meaningful involvement in a child’s life at all. These instances sometimes involve same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage stands on shaky legal ground.

A case in Colorado is currently dealing with the muddled issue, wherein a lesbian couple split up, and the custody of their son is in the balance. The baby was born through assisted reproduction, but a couple of years after the couple split, the woman who gave birth stopped communicating with her former partner and sought full custody of the child. Unfortunately for the woman who did not give birth, the state never recognized the couple as a married unit, so she is not automatically treated as a married father would be in the same scenario.

Same-sex couples in Texas, where same-sex marriage and civil unions are not recognized, could easily find themselves in a similar situation. In Texas, same-sex couples simply aren’t afforded the same legal protections and advantages that married heterosexual couples are. It’s something that same-sex couples should consider if they plan on separating and a child is involved.

It’s important to know that these sorts of legal differences do not mean same-sex couples have no options when custody issues arise, it just means that such options may be a bit more on the complex, challenging and unclear side. Enlisting the help of legal counsel that has experience in dealing with same-sex family law issues may be of assistance.

Source: KOAA, “Child custody laws unclear with same-sex couples,” Eric Ross, July 30, 2014

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