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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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Help Yourself: Practical Advice for People Experiencing Domestic Violence

| Oct 7, 2019 | Domestic Violence |

When we were creating the Help Yourself section for the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance website, we knew most of the entries would be about divorce. Even though we’re a full-service San Antonio family law firm, who work on child custody cases and probate law issues as well as divorce, most of the questions we get are about divorce. But we also get a number of questions from people who are experiencing domestic violence, and wanted to make sure we were covering that as well.

Sometimes, we need to specifically address the topic in blog entries, like we did in our most recent blog article about how spousal abuse impacts Texas divorce. But even before getting to that point, people need to recognize that they’re experiencing domestic violence — that it’s something named, something that shouldn’t be part of anyone’s relationship, and something that people can escape. 

We included an article on the cycle of violence, so people can recognize what they might be experiencing. Recognizing what the cycle of violence is, as the article explains, includes recognizing that there’s a “calm” or “honeymoon” phase that brings a temporary and false relief for people who don’t recognize it as part of a cycle. 

As the article notes, “The abuser apologizes and promises never to do it again. He/she says is all the fault of external pressures and the victim believes, again, it is his/her part to protect the abuser from the world. The victim sees in the partner, the person he/she once thought was there and hopes will be there again. The victim believes this will be the last episode.”

When the cycle starts again, this period of calm reveals itself to only be part of a cycle of violence. While the eye of a hurricane is calm, to use a fitting metaphor, there’s still another half of a storm right behind it to weather. 

We also included the Power and Control Wheel to give people a better understanding of how domestic violence manifests in a relationship. There’s not just one kind of domestic violence that happens; the wheel shows the different ways it can be experienced. The graphic was actually created to give abusers an idea of how their abuse is experienced by their victims, as part of the curriculum for people who are abusers and going through court-ordered education. It’s instructive for adults involved in either side of the domestic violence equation. 

Finally, we ask the simple question, “Do you recognize your life?” The questions that follow, from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, use simple language to show the various facets of what someone in an abusive relationship might be enduring, as well as why they might be either choosing to endure or feeling like they have no choice. 

That document also has a few items for people to think about as they’re making plans to escape. It’s something that requires planning for the sake of safety for everyone involved, especially those people who have children. 

While this is by no means an exhaustive group of articles, it’s one that helps inform those who may not even be aware that what’s happening in their relationship is domestic violence and is something they can escape. 

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