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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

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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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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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Are there apps that can help me with my divorce?

| May 24, 2019 | Children In Divorce, Divorce, E-mail And Divorce, Parenting Plans |

About this time last year, we published an article by our very own Byrd Bonner that talked about how parents can get on the same page regarding their parenting schedules after their divorce. One of the things we talked about was Our Family Wizard, a co-parenting app that helps parents coordinate parenting schedules and shared expenses. While it won’t eliminate all conflicts that a divorced couple might face, an app like Our Family Wizard definitely helps to improve communication and reduce confusion — integral to preventing conflicts.

It turns out there’s a number of apps that are designed to help divorcing and divorced couples through their conflicts in a variety of ways. An article we ran across recently from Kim Komando, who calls herself “America’s Digital Goddess,” highlights some interesting apps and programs we thought were worth sharing.

One, called CoParenter, allows parents to communicate with each other, agree to requests, check in for meetings to exchange the children, with time-stamped documentation for all these items. What caught our eye on this one was the ability to see, at a glance, whether both parents agreed to a request or not. This app uses green-for-yes, no-for-red color coding with each individual request, making it easier to find where you reached resolution or impasse than going through email threads.

We also liked SupportPay, designed specifically to determine how much child support was paid when. It’s possible to get information about child support payments through the Office of the Attorney General’s office, but that can involve actually going into an office to get a full, complete printout. SupportPay allows an online means of tracking payment that both parents can access – they call it an “automated financial mediator,” and while that might exaggerate what it can actually do, it’s a tool that can help parents, particular if a parent makes payments at irregular intervals and/or in varying amounts.

There’s also Talking Parents, which focuses on the communication between parents, allowing for file sharing and unalterable records. They bring up a concern that one parent might delete or edit text records if left to maintain communications on their own devices – and seek to address it by maintaining one single, unalterable record of all communications that both parents share. If couples find it hard to communicate in a civil manner, having this tool could help them be more mindful of what they’re saying and how they’re saying it.

Of course, if parents don’t commit to trying to communicate in a civil, children-first way, technology can only go so far to help them and their ongoing relationship. While technology helps communication, it also can complicate technology, as anyone who has texted or emailed can tell you. It’s not always easy to communicate tone (especially if you’re trying to be funny or use sarcasm), and while emojis help you add facial expressions to content, they don’t work the same way as all your non-verbal cues do when you speak to someone in person.

Regardless of what tools you use for communicating with someone you’re divorcing or divorced, think about how he or she might interpret it, and then think one step further to how that might impact your children. We love that there are more and more tools to choose from, whether they’re one size fits all or tailored for specific aspects of co-parenting, but we still believe that the most important tool in effective communication is the one between your ears.

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