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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 a Loving and Caring Order, and do I need it in my divorce?

| May 10, 2019 | Children In Divorce, Divorce |

Some divorcing couples are able to set aside their differences to focus on what’s best for the children, but for some couples, that doesn’t come so easily.

In some cases, the conflict is so pronounced or the emotion is so intense that the lawyers working with them can foresee challenges a couple will have in their ability to co-parent. As we’ve discussed in a recent blog article, the focus of a divorcing couple should really be on the children – specifically, on making sure the children get much-needed time with each parent. 

There’s now language that family law teams can offer their clients to make sure the couples are on the same page as co-parents, literally, by writing it into the decree. Called the Loving and Caring Order, it not only emphasizes the importance of children having relationships with each of their parents, it orders it.

Specifically, it makes sure that a parent isn’t impeding the other parent’s parenting time, isn’t disparaging his or her ex, and isn’t doing anything else to interfere with the relationship their children are building with each parent. We’ve included the language we typically use below to show how it can fit into the overall decree.

Loving and Caring Order

Each party is ORDERED to encourage and nurture the relationship between the children and the other party by encouraging the children to interact with the other party, taking good faith measures to ensure visitation and refraining from doing anything to undermine the relationship between the other party and the children. Each party is ORDERED to do everything within their power to create in the children’s mind a loving and caring feeling towards the other party. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each party is permanently enjoined from speaking badly or in a disparaging fashion about the other party to anyone in any way in the children’s presence. It is the intention of the Court that this provision be enforceable by contempt of Court.

The Court further notes that each party has been admonished by the Court that their failure to act in accordance with this specific order of the Court shall be punishable by any and all remedies available for contempt of Court, including, but no limited to, the imposition of a fine up to Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) and/or confinement in jail for up to six (6) months for each violation thereof.

If you’re planning a divorce, and you think a Loving and Caring Order might be a needed part of your decree, we’re happy to discuss it as early in the process as our initial consultation. You may find, even if you don’t ultimately need it, that it can drive an important discussion about co-parenting and civility. 

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