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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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Divorce can be a difficult process, to be sure, no matter what the circumstances. But it’s obviously best to not do things that make the divorce process even more difficult. We thought it would be helpful to run through a list of things you shouldn’t do during a divorce. While some of them might just seem like common sense, they’re worth review, in part, because we’ve been involved in divorce cases where these things happen, and know the complications they can cause.

Don’t date

We sometimes represent clients who become involved in extramarital relationships that lead to divorce. Even if that’s out in the open, it’s best not to continue that relationship, or start any new ones, while the divorce is ongoing. Anyone you’re involved with could be dragged into the divorce if it goes to litigation, including being put on the stand to testify. For couples with children, the question of when and how a new significant other is introduced creates additional concerns-those are really best to be left out of ongoing divorce cases if that can be helped.

Don’t spend money (or increase your debt)

In Bexar County (and in a number of other counties), standing orders prevent either party in a divorce from unnecessary expenditures-in other words, whatever might be seen as depleting the community assets. Sometimes, spending can be a way for one party in a divorce to express anger. But it obviously complicates a case to have assets being depleted while negotiating to divide them!

That said, normal household expenses are acceptable, and even emergency expenditures, like car repairs or air conditioning repairs, can be authorized. It’s best to get a judge’s permission to make that spend, though. (That will usually be granted, especially when you can demonstrate how it might impact your children.)

If you don’t have access to credit cards and need access to credit during divorce, that can be acceptable, but it’s better to ask for the judge’s permission, and you obviously don’t want to use any new cards to spend on anything that might be questioned by the opposing side.

But you don’t want to go on any cruises or shopping sprees while this is taking place. If you do find that your spouse has spent community assets in this way, you can ask the judge to have your spouse reimburse the community assets, whether through liquid assets or some other means of compensation in the settlement.

Don’t get pregnant

Pregnancy can actually delay a divorce and complicate the case. Even in situations where a married couple is going through a divorce and living separately, the husband will still be presumed to be the father initially. Once the baby is born, paternity testing will determine if the husband is the father-but the divorce can’t be finalized until the judge knows for sure how many children the custodial and non-custodial parent are responsible for.

Don’t take it out on the children

Though an obvious point, it bears mention. Children are innocent parties in divorce, and typically love both parents. It’s human nature to want to know that people are on your side, especially when you’re going through something difficult. But your kids shouldn’t be asked to take sides. Bexar County standing orders already say you’re not allowed to talk to children about details of the divorce proceedings or disparage the other parent. Doing so can cause alienation and complicate an already complicated situation for kids, as well as for you and your spouse.

The Law Office of Lisa Vance can help guide you on what to do in a divorce, and what course of action to take. We can also advise you on what actions to avoid while you’re going through this incredibly transformative time in your life, to make sure you prepare for your best post-divorce life. 

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