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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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Equal Custody: Has Its Time Come in Texas?

| Jun 9, 2017 | Child Custody, Fathers' Rights |

It wouldn’t be a legislative session in Austin without someone trying to remake family law in Texas! This year, there was a bill introduced by an East Texas legislator, Rep. James White, calling for equal custody for both parents in a divorce case.


Adopting this bill (which, by the way, didn’t get out of its House Committee) would have been a departure from the current Texas Family Code. Currently, a court typically awards a majority of parenting time to the custodial parent during the school year, and provides opportunities for the non-custodial parent to get blocks of time with the children during the summer.

 

Under this proposed plan, one parent could get no more than five days more with his or her children during the entire year than the other parent gets. If one parent got 185 days with the children and the other parent got 180 days, that would be acceptable under this bill. But if one got 186 and the other got just 179, that would not pass muster.

 

On the surface, equal custody looks like a great idea. It’s important for children to spend time with each parent, be it a mom and a dad, two moms, or two dads. Having a system that had equal parenting time as the standing order, rather than the existing model, might make us rethink the role of parents in divorce.

 

But this law makes a big assumption that a family code shouldn’t make. It assumes a one-size-fits-all model for parenting, mandating that equal parenting time be the law for all parents.

 

When parents opt for equal parenting time in their plans, the easiest way to do it is a week-on, week-off schedule. While that makes sense for the parents who are trying to keep a schedule straight, it can throw kids off their routine.

 

Let’s say Susie has an after-school activity on Tuesday that ends at 4:30. Maybe Dad is able to pick her up right at 4:30, but Mom works until 5. On alternating Tuesdays, Susie is staying later waiting for Mom to pick her up. If Dad had parenting time with Susie every Tuesday, they could avoid that situation, and they could certainly negotiate among themselves to adjust for that after-school activity.

 

But if there’s a law mandating equal custody and one parent decides to strictly stay with the court-ordered mandate–which sometimes happens when exes have disputes–it can result in less flexibility for parents and more disruption for the kids.

 

The current standing orders might not be perfect for all parents, but it does attempt to factor in minimizing the disruption to children’s routines as they go between their parents’ houses. An equal custody law, while it might be aiming for fairness, reveals something that proves to be true time and time again in family law. Just because something is equal doesn’t mean it’s fair or it’s best for all concerned. The best parenting plan is one that factors the children’s needs in first and takes the parents’ lives and schedules into account.

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