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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 Temporary Orders

| Mar 31, 2017 | Mediation, Temporary Orders |

When a divorce is filed in Bexar County, the couple’s actions throughout the divorce are guided by what’s called temporary orders. These orders help to keep matters between the divorcing parties civil, and include some basic rules to help the couple transition from marriage to divorce with as little rancor as possible. People in divorce may be inclined to act on bad impulses like draining joint savings accounts, talking negatively about the soon-to-be ex-spouse to the children, or refusing to give children over at the end of a visitation period; the temporary orders spell out clearly that this type of behavior is not allowed.

Temporary orders aim to be a one-size-fits-all legal document, covering issues that are most likely to threaten the civility of divorce proceedings and to protect everyone (especially the children) involved in a divorce. However, some divorces might require additional, specific language to achieve this–and while it’s possible to do so by going back and forth with lawyers to propose and counter-propose changes, mediation can be a more effective way to do this, by addressing specific needs up front.

When a party in a divorce seeks modifications to temporary orders, it’s either to gain additional control over the divorce process, or it’s because a component of the temporary orders is difficult to adhere to. I recall a recent situation with a client where the spouse was working long stretches of days in the oil fields, and needed a visitation schedule in the temporary orders that lined up with that.

When a couple comes together in mediation for temporary orders, they get to directly voice concerns and needs, and then work toward an acceptable solution. If a couple has a contentious relationship, the mediation process can set a tone for cooperation and negotiation that can then extend to the divorce process, regardless of which route they go. It is crucial that the parties are willing to listen to one another.

Remember: Most of the couples who go the litigation route will work out a settlement before they reach the courtroom. Though every divorce is different, those divorces that aren’t settled in a courtroom by a judge will reach some point where couples must meet each other at least partway. Mediation allows couples to do that, and if couples need it for the temporary order portion of the divorce and determine that it works, they should consider using it for the rest of the process.

 

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