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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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How will divorce affect my military retirement pension?

| Jun 26, 2015 | Military Divorce |

Being in the military comes with many benefits, such as pensions, and these issues will affect divorce proceedings. They are part of the reason that military divorce is so much more complex and different from civilian divorce. Like every other part of a marriage, these benefits must be divided in a way that the court determines to be fair and equal to both parties.

While it would be wonderful to explain exactly how military pension and retirement is handled in a divorce case, it is never that simple. Every case is different, and the courts address the issues on a case-by-case basis to ensure that one party is not favored over another in a divorce. However, there are guidelines which can give at least some indication of how military retirement will be handled in a divorce.

Generally speaking, military retirement will be divided by the courts based on a number of factors such as how long a couple was married and how much of that marriage took place during the military member’s service. However, if the marriage lasted for at least 10 years during at least 10 years of military service, then military retirement will be paid directly to the former spouse by the DFAS. This means that if you served in the military for 17 years, and after your first three years of service you were married, and you then divorced after 10 years, your retirement will be affected.

Of course courts can also authorize this direct payment even if the marriage did not last for 10 years, which comes back to each case being unique. Additionally, these guidelines do not cover state-specific laws or precedents, so there could be even more differences in a military divorce that happens in Texas compared to a military divorce that happens in California. The best way to be sure about how your military divorce will play out is to meet with an attorney who has familiarity with military divorces in your state.

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