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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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Domestic Violence – What is in the Best Interest of the Children?

| Apr 28, 2017 | Children In Divorce, Domestic Violence |

Divorces with domestic violence and children are complicated. The Courts often struggle with how to juxtapose the allegations of domestic violence (along with the victim’s credibility and safety) with the ultimate question they are required to answer, “What is in the best interest of the child(ren)?” regarding custody, possession, and access.  

There are particular issues specific to a batterer’s ability to parent, more thoroughly described and discussed in The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics by R. Lundy Bancroft & Jay G. Silverman, that complicate not just safety issues but behavioral issues for the children once they start visiting the battering parent outside the protective of the abused parent. 

Some mechanism the Courts in Bexar County try to implement include supervised visitation and/or truncated visitation along with a graduated visitation schedule that will allow the Court and, hopefully, mental health professionals to observe how the children to the battering parent during the course of the Temporary Orders.  It is critical, however, that all professionals involved in the domestic violence divorce with children, be available to respond to issues as they are raised so as to protect the Children from further trauma during the litigation process.

 

It is worth noting, and it may perhaps serve as a silver lining, that once a Court orders the battering parent to attend and participate with a Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP), the battering parent can be rehabilitated. 

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