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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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Your Collaborative Divorce Team: The Mental Health Professional

| Jul 9, 2018 | Collaborative Divorce, Divorce, Emotional Support And Divorce |

Many people who are thinking about collaborative divorce wonder how the process works. “If a lawyer isn’t going to fight in court for me,” some might even think, “will that lawyer really be able to stick up for me?” You can rest assured that even though the collaborative process takes going to court off the table, your lawyer will be as invested in what you want to get from your divorce decree.

While the Mental Health Professional (MHP) does not perform therapy for the client or the couple, there are a few different roles an MHP can play. The first concerns bringing the couple to the table to negotiate their divorce, and making sure that they communicate effectively throughout. Sometimes, a mental health professional is called a “divorce coach,” and when people use that term, they’re typically thinking about this facet of a mental health professional’s work.

In working with a couple, the MHP makes sure that they’re communicating effectively and productively, in a way that helps move them toward a settlement. While it’s natural and perfectly understandable to feel emotions throughout a divorce, there are helpful and unhelpful ways to express those emotions toward the ultimate goal of agreeing upon a divorce decree. The MHP helps steer the negotiations toward resolution, working on the emotional aspects that the lawyers aren’t specifically trained in-so the lawyers can focus on the elements for which they are specifically trained.

The mental health professional also can help parents work out parenting plans. While some parents already have a sense of what might work best for their children, some aren’t entirely cognizant of what best serves their children at various ages. Because mental health professionals understand child development, they can offer insights that can lead parents toward productive discussions focusing on their children.

Some mental health professionals specialize in working with children, and in some cases, they might be brought onto a collaborative team expressly to help children cope with the emotions of divorce. They can be even more challenging for a child than an adult, and different age groups present different challenges. In some cases, one mental health professional can handle all the needs of a couple and their children, but in some cases, there might be one MHP to help the couple through the divorce, and a second to work with just the children.

Collaborative divorce can allow for a faster and better resolution to a divorce than litigation. Though it’s not always an easy route to take, the mental health professional can act as a kind of emotional Sherpa, guiding the couple along the divorce settlement path. While disagreements and communication difficulties often lead to couples deciding to divorce, they don’t have to impede a couple coming together to create a settlement to help them achieve their best post-divorce lives.

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