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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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What Is Temporary Spousal Support, and Will It Be Part of My Divorce?

| Dec 1, 2017 | Spousal Support, Temporary Spousal Support |

The first thing to know about temporary spousal support is that any spouse can potentially be eligible for it, provided that the person requesting spousal support can’t meet a standard, known as “minimum reasonable needs.”

In Bexar County, as in most jurisdictions, that amount is dependent on the judge’s interpretation as to what exactly is included in the definition of minimum reasonable needs. It is also dependent, however, on the person asking for spousal support to show both a budget and sources of income. The judge will review the budget to determine whether what is listed really qualifies as minimum reasonable needs. If there is indeed a gap between the two amounts, the judge will then determine if the other spouse can provide that and still meet his or her own minimum reasonable needs.

However, with 14 different judges sitting in Bexar County, there are 14 different opinions on what constitutes minimum reasonable needs, and judges have discretion over what is included in that definition and amount.

The temporary spousal support amount can also change over the course of the divorce case, particularly if it’s a complicated case that won’t wrap up in a matter of a few months. Let’s say, for example, the spouse receiving temporary support moves in with family to cut down on expenses. That could be a smart move, especially with the expense of a divorce, but it could also be a move that prompts the spouse paying support to petition the court to eliminate rent from the budget and reduce the recipient’s amount of temporary support.

Perhaps the most important thing to note about temporary spousal support is that it will end upon entry of the final decree. Of course, spousal support could still be written into the final decree-which is typically for a set period of time, dependent on a number of factors-but the dissolution of the marriage by the final decree also ends the temporary spousal support obligation.

(And as we’ll explore more in an upcoming article, there’s a presumption against spousal support in the Texas Family Code, so people receiving temporary spousal support during a divorce will need to think about their post-divorce budgets, their current sources of incomes, and potential future sources of income.)

While spousal support isn’t a given, child support is an entirely different matter independent of any temporary spousal support determination. For divorcing couples with children, child support is typically based on a formula factoring in a percentage of one parent’s income and the number of children being supported. And it’s not often that a judge will exempt a parent from child support obligations. Parents continue to have a duty of support to their children, regardless of their duties to support each other.

Whether you feel that you need spousal support, or you’re paying what you feel might be too much spousal support, we can review your situation and determine how to best approach the judge who would make a determination. At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we take an approach to divorce that looks at your life both during and after the divorce, and strives to make both better.

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