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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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If you’re looking to get a divorce, one of the first things to know is that there’s not just one kind of divorce. Getting a divorce doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be in a courtroom in front of a judge, though some divorces require that setting in order to be resolved.

No matter what kind of divorce you get, though, it is a process that results in a divorce decree, which creates legally-binding language pertaining to your children, your house, your money, and your assets, and it should be entered into with a lawyer you trust, knowing your priorities, and advocating for you.

These are the four main types of divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

Also known as an “agreed” divorce, this is the rare “white whale” of divorces. In these cases-typically with younger couples without children and with little or no shared property-the couple agrees to the divorce, drafts up a decree, and seeks a judge to approve it.

Even if a couple agrees to a decree, it’s still a good idea to involve an experienced family lawyer who can draft or review a decree, explain their obligations under the decree, and here in Bexar County, to help couples move through the process faster than they might utilizing the county’s staff attorneys.

But as I wrote in an earlier blog article, “Sometimes, in talking to those couples, the only thing they’re really agreed on is that they’re agreeing to getting a divorce.” Once a couple sits down and reviews their situations, they might determine that certain aspects of their proposed decree are worth disputing. Determining what’s best for children, in particular, can move couples to at least want to negotiate through alternatives to litigation.

Collaborative Divorce

This alternative to litigation is gaining popularity, and Texas has been at the forefront of refining it. In collaborative divorce, each party is represented by a lawyer, and those lawyers pledge to bring the couple to resolution. (In fact, under the pledge, if the couple decides they want to go to court and forego the collaborative process, they must get new lawyers for the litigation phase.)

The collaborative process offers advantages over litigation: it’s more convenient and private than court, as the negotiation meeting happen in a law office, scheduled by the couples rather than the courts. It also allows couples to share resources-a single financial neutral to help sort out asset values, especially helpful if the marital estate involves multiple assets or a business, and a mental health professional, who can help focus couples in meetings and can also serve as a resource for children caught up in the divorce.

Mediation

This is another alternative to litigation, and it’s one I believe more couples should try. In mediation, couples work out the terms of a decree over a half-day or a full-day session. While each party’s attorney can be present-and that can be helpful for clarifying the terms of the decree-it’s the job of the mediator to help the couple agree on a resolution.

In mediation, each party is in a separate room during the process, they make their preferences clear, and the mediator works with each part during the session on the negotiation. While this process can require some give and take, it is an efficient, focused means of arriving at a settlement for couples seeking to move past divorce.

Litigated Divorce

A number of divorces are best handled through litigation; situations involving abuse or endangerment, for instance, are most appropriately handled in a courtroom. Some couples with the option to pursue other avenues of divorce, however, may choose litigation because they feel resolute about their issues, and feel that no amount of negotiation would move their closer to resolution.

Actually, though, many divorces following this track are settled before the couple can reach the courtroom. Some couples realize that they can resolve their differences and work out a settlement before they get to court-with some of them doing so because they tire of waiting for their court date to arrive, and want to move past their divorces.

For those couples who do go to court, though, we prepare a case advocating for what our clients want, and prepare to defend our clients for whatever the other side might argue.

My colleague recently wrote on how we help you through the divorce starting with the initial consultation, where we hear about your situation in a confidential meeting, and walk you through your options and help you determine the best path for you.

No matter what route you choose, our goal at the Law Office of Lisa Vance is to help you secure a decree addressing what’s most important to you, and to help you move on to a happy post-divorce life.

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