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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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We joined the rest of the nation this past weekend in being saddened and angered by the El Paso and Dayton shootings. As Texans, the El Paso shooting hit us particularly hard; we know El Paso to be an incredible community, and knowing that someone traveled from another part of Texas to kill innocents gave us great pause.

But we also know that in the light of tragedies that reveal the worst of us, people come through to reveal the best of us as we strive to heal and be stronger. We were particularly impressed with 11-year-old Ruben Martinez, who came up with the idea of the “El Paso Challenge” that’s spreading on social media.

The concept is simple: One random act of kindness for each of the 20 people who were murdered at the Walmart in El Paso on Saturday. Sadly, two more people died from injuries suffered in the shooting, bringing the count to 22 – but Ruben simply decided to up the challenge to 22 acts of kindness, to honor the two additional people who died.

The challenge was intended for the people of El Paso. As he put it, it was designed to for a simple reason. “I want to show people that El Pasoans are good,” Ruben said. “They’re loving and are caring and are willing to do anything to help out.” But as it’s spread on social media, people from beyond El Paso are jumping in to commit random acts of kindness. The more people do that, of course, the more it counters the terrible actions that took place last weekend.

So, what does this have to do with divorce? It’s an extremely emotional process, and it can be incredibly difficult for people to be kind in the midst of it. But, so often, it affects children who are caught in the middle of it, and the unkindness that consumes parents in the midst of divorce can inadvertently extend to the children.

The first act of kindness that a divorcing couple can extend to each other is to be civil to each other during the proceedings. There are actually provisions called standing orders, typically accompanying divorce petitions, that lay out specific rules of engagement between the divorcing parties. While it can be difficult to maintain one’s emotions during a divorce, it makes it easier in the divorce process for a couple to maintain civility throughout. It doesn’t mean that spouses can’t be upset or disappointed or angry with each other until they become ex-spouses – but it should never be in a way that’s detrimental to the couple.

One of the things we emphasize most in divorce, almost as a mantra, is for clients who are parents to think of the children. Sometimes, in the divorce process, this means “giving in” to your spouse on a particular point – not to give your spouse a “win,” but because it’s the move that makes the most sense for your children and their well-being.

You also want to think about your co-parenting relationship after the divorce. For couples without kids who get divorced, the divorce process can end once the final paperwork is signed. But, for couples who have kids, the relationship continues after the divorce – it merely changes from married parents raising kids together to divorced parents who are still raising kids together. Parents love their children regardless of their marital status, and co-parenting needs to reflect that.

While we’re sad that it’s taking a tragedy to reveal the good that exists within so many of us, we’re glad that a brave 11-year-old has stepped up to remind us to be better. While acts of kindness shouldn’t be reserved for situations like this, it’s good to have the reminder that these acts of kindness are what make us selfless and make us human, and that it’s important for us to maintain that even when we’re hurting. Indeed, it can help us to heal and help us regain our sense of purpose.

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