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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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When paternity is in question

| Sep 8, 2017 | Family Law, Parental Rights |

 

Determining the paternity of a child sometimes starts with a  “he-said-she-said” scenario that eventually works its way to court. Whether it comes from determining that the father of a child should be paying child support, or a father trying to establish his rights to have a role in raising his child, there’s a clear-cut, scientific way to figure out paternity.

If a man believes he’s the father of a child and wants to determine that, he can start by signing up for the paternity registry in his state. In Texas, that’s handled through the Department of State Health Services, starting with the man filling out this form

If a man has failed to timely sign up with the paternity registry, a DNA test, in which the father submits a sample and the mother arranges for her child to have a sample taken, is the one failsafe way to handle paternity questions.

 

The most expedient way to put that in motion, of course, is for all parties volunteering to take the tests and resolve the question on their own. But if that can’t be done, it can be handled directly in one of two ways.

 

If either party wants to determine paternity conclusively through the courts, he or she can file a Motion for Genetic Testing. It’s important to know that there’s not an indefinite timeline for doing this–generally, this has to be filed within four years of the birth of the child (like many issues in the law, there are exceptions, but they are tough to achieve).

 

Presumptions of fatherhood based on marriage, though they’re the norm, don’t necessarily apply legally. When a child is born in Texas, the mother fills out paperwork in which the mother states who the father is, and though she has to state marital status as part of that, it’s certainly possible that a woman’s husband is not the father of her child.

 

Regardless of what you may believe about whether or not you are the father of a child, getting proof via a DNA test is necessary to prove it conclusively and to fully know your rights and obligations.

 

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