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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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Mediation for Co-Parenting: Working Together

| Mar 3, 2017 | Children In Divorce, Mediation |

In mediation, it’s often more difficult to deal with custody issues–or, more specifically, the amount of time each parent will have with their child–starting with the obvious reason that it’s easier to divide an asset than to divide a child!


When it comes to children in divorce, it’s crucial to focus on what’s best for the child, and it’s difficult to do that in a divorce. It should be the priority, but because divorce is in many cases a volatile, emotion-filled situation, it can be hard for parties to get the perspective necessary to do that.

 

It might seem that mediation is a difficult way to arrive at parenting time decisions, but I believe it can be better than litigation in many cases. In litigation, where the focus is “winning,” where one parent may be awarded primary custody most time, in reality, a victory can and often does represent a lost opportunity to develop a creative solution that addresses what is best for the child. Ex-spouses will need to work with one another for the entire life of their child, and a successful mediation can set up the perfect platform for them to co-parent effectively.

 

In litigation, it is not unusual for parents to be assigned what’s called either a standard possession order or extended standard order of possession, rather than an alternative method allotting parenting time in a more equitable or a more creative way. While the standard order is engineered to clearly delineate parenting time, it doesn’t give parents equal time with kids, and because it is a uniform solution, it isn’t necessarily the best option for the unique lives of kids.

 

Any plan that considers and addresses special factors, like specific days of the week in which one child might have an activity better suited toward a pick up from one parent versus the other, can more quickly become reality in mediation than in litigation. Mediation allows parents to discuss what’s best for their children in a setting focused on a shared solution, led by a mediator who wants those involved to think of their interests rather than positions. (As I discussed in my previous article, interest-based negotiations provide a forum for creative problem solving that is less focused on individual assets and more driven by long and short-term goals.)

 

No one knows what a child needs better than his or her parents, and mediation allows for parents to have input about those needs in a way that litigation simply doesn’t. If creating a flexible schedule that meets the needs of both kids and parents is important to you, consider mediation rather than litigation as the means to settle your decree. 

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