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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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Why it’s vital to include fathers in a parenting plan

| Jun 14, 2019 | Divorce, Fathers' Rights |

This Sunday, of course, is Father’s Day, and it’s a time that we celebrate fathers. For fathers who have just gone through divorce, it can be a particularly trying time.

In many cases, fathers will end up in what’s called the “non-custodial parent” role in legal terms – or, if you use the language in the Texas Family Code, the “possessory conservator” as opposed to the “managing conservator.” That language creates a perception that the mother is “in charge” of parenting the children, and that fathers get time to “possess” or, even worse, “visit” the children.

What’s in the Texas Family Code for the standard parenting plan isn’t exactly a 50/50 split, but it comes quite close when you include how the time’s divided over the summer. We’re moving as a society from the perception that dads just work and moms just take care of children, and what’s in the Texas Family Code helps reflect that.

We’ve noticed in recent years that more of our clients are interested in at least weighing alternative parenting plans that allow for the mother and father to have equal time. There are a lot of innovative plans that achieve that – some simply alternate weeks, and others allow consistency for children by allowing them to spend most the same weeknights each week with Mom and Dad yet alternating weekends.

If a case is litigated, it’s more likely than not that the judge will default to the Texas Family Code parenting plan. If parents really do want an alternative parenting plan, it’s best to do so through negotiation, collaborative law or mediation, where parents are more able to make choices. If it’s left up to a judge to determine the decree, as it is in litigation, it’s far less likely that judges will veer from traditional, established, codified parenting plans.

Today, unless there’s a major issue with one parent that puts the safety of the child at risk, each parent will have significant time with his or her children under a decree. Even then, it’s extremely rare that a parent will lose rights to care for his or her children entirely – a judge may order provisions like supervised parenting time to allow children contact with that parent and yet still keep that child safe.

Thankfully, most of the judges we work with understand that it’s best for a child to have both parents involved. We’ve worked with a number of fathers over the year who genuinely love their children, are invested in their welfare, and want to be involved in their lives well after a divorce. It’s important, in the work we do representing fathers, to do everything possible to make sure they have the opportunity to express that love and to be given the time to be with their children.

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