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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)

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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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How the #MeToo Movement might affect divorce

| Feb 23, 2018 | #MeToo, Divorce, Sexual Harassment |

Over the last few months, thanks to the #MeToo movement, we’re seeing an incredible change in our society with regards to sexual harassment. It’s been profound enough that high-profile people like Steve Wynn, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, and Sen. Al Franken (to name a few) have faced serious repercussions for past bad actions. It’s been impactful enough for Time Magazine to dub those calling attention to sexual harassment “The Silence Breakers” and collectively naming them the “Person of the Year” for 2017.

Having seen many social movements in my time, I can confidently say the #MeToo movement could be looked back on to be as long-lasting and meaningful as the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

The abusive behaviors and actions tolerated for many years in many industries, carried out by far too many men, won’t be looked at the same way ever again. I remember being a young lawyer in the early ’80s, a horrible person I had some unpleasant interactions with, and his behavior being explained away with a simple “boys will be boys.”

Men are already more aware of the toxic work environments that some of their ranks have created. Women will feel more empowered to speak up when encountering any hints of that toxicity.

But I have to ask, given my focus on family law, how it might affect divorce.

Immediately, I think it should make us all more aware of the words and actions contributing to verbal abuse and emotional abuse. Right now, the definition of family violence in the Texas Family Code doesn’t include those categories-except in cases where the victim is threatened with or in fear of accompanying physical or sexual abuse.

The law concerning verbal and emotional abuse doesn’t have the chance to change until the Texas Legislature meets again in 2019. But our attitudes around these issues likely will-including for judges who will weigh the actions of both parties in any divorce case that goes to litigation.

As the stories from the #MeToo movement have reinforced, abusive behavior-be it sexual harassment of a colleague or emotional abuse of a spouse-is often the result of someone trying to exert power and control over another person. I expect that we’ll see less tolerance and tacit acceptance of those behaviors over time. The #MeToo revelations have shone a light on how widespread these bad actions are-and how likely it is for us all to express our own stories, individually and collectively, or to at least know someone personally who has endured those actions.

My hope for the future is that the #MeToo movement makes us a more civil, thoughtful society, and that an improved overall decorum between men and women carries over into divorce. I don’t expect less divorce necessarily, and I know that divorce will still be emotional, but I feel that the dialogue that this movement has opened up will allow men to understand women better in all things-and that this can only help in more solution-oriented, straightforward divorce proceedings.

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