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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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How can fathers keep their children’s best interest in focus after divorce?

| Mar 29, 2018 | Children In Divorce, Fathers' Rights |

At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we work with a lot of fathers who are concerned about fathers’ rights–they want to make sure they can see their children, they want to make sure they can have a sufficient level of parenting time as they negotiate custody issues, and they want to make sure that their children are safe in both homes.

These rights are all based in one fundamental idea that’s extremely important to consider no matter what the situation: That focusing on the best interests of the children is of the utmost importance. It should, in fact, be the number one priority for both parents in a divorce, custody, or modification case. For fathers, it’s especially important, because of how society views the bond between a mother and child.

Most judges these days, including most judges in Bexar County, feel that if both parents show themselves to be caring, loving parents, it’s in the best interest of a child to have both parents involved in that child’s life.

Of course, it’s advantageous for parents to determine custody issues through negotiation rather than litigation, where a judge is the ultimate arbiter of custody, especially if they want to do something more creative than the standard orders that judges often fall back on.

But taking a case to court doesn’t necessarily mean that a judge will give a mother sole custody if there’s no compelling reason (like a history of abuse) to do so. It does, however, leave the custody decision in the hands of someone other than the parents, who can’t know that child’s needs as intimately as the parents do.

It is important, however, for fathers entering divorce to factor in the age of the child and the needs of the child. Unfortunately, some parents initiate divorce proceedings when their children are under age three.

The Texas Family Code, while it doesn’t provide specific parenting time guidelines for parents of children under three, there’s a section of the Code (153.254) that instructs the court to factor in caregiving, the effect on the child to be separated from either parent, the child’s need for continuity of routine, and a number of other factors involved with the child’s well-being.

To cite an obvious example of how this might factor in, very young children who are still breastfeeding have differing needs. If parents can be flexible, work together, and craft a plan that puts the child first, that’s the ideal scenario.

But in some cases, parents can’t come to agreement, and the judge has to exercise discretion. The judge will most likely look to the needs of the children over the wants of the parents, should it come to a decision between those two.

If you’re a father looking to navigate a case and protect your rights, we’re here for you. At an initial consultation, we can talk about your situation and how to best proceed to protect your interests and, most importantly, to protect your children.

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