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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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The importance of therapy in the divorce process

| Dec 13, 2019 | Uncategorized |

When people go through divorce, they’re in what will be one of the most stressful experiences they’ll ever go through. It’s a time where there’s a lot of fear, anger, and anxiety, and it affects individuals in a lot of different, sometimes unexpected ways. 

In some cases, one person initiates it and goes through a whole process of coming to that decision that’s grueling in its own right. When that happens, the person who did not initiate the divorce is left to process the idea that “the person I married now wants to divorce me.” In other cases, it’s mutual, happening with either the bang of an explosive fight or the whimper of people just realizing they can’t be happy together any longer.

It’s not just the people getting divorced who are affected, of course. If they have children, it obviously affects the children emotionally, plus there’s an additional level of worry and concern that parents will experience. It starts with how to tell the children about the divorce, and of course extends to parenting time and the realization that they won’t be together as much as they once were.

These are all reasons that we strongly encourage all of our clients at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance to see a therapist as they’re going through the divorce process. You’d be surprised at how many people think they can handle divorce on their own. No matter how strong you are, you should know going into a divorce that a professional therapist is the best equipped professional to help you with what you’re going through.

It’s certainly helpful to lean on friends and family in times of need, and people who have those kind of people in their life will feel lucky and grateful to have them during the divorce. And there certainly are professions where people are trained in working through conflict, and talking to those people can help you.

But it’s incredibly stressful to go through divorce, and might be beyond what those friends and family members can help you with. When you’re seeing a mental health professional, that person has the professional training to help you navigate the emotions that come with divorce. If what you’re experiencing is anxiety or depression, a mental health professional can recognize what you need, including medication if necessary, in order to better navigate those powerful emotions.

If you work someplace with an EAP (employee assistance program), you’re usually able to see a licensed professional counselor without out-of-pocket expense for at least a few sessions. That can be a good first step, and it’s something employers certainly understand. Divorce is common, and the emotions associated with divorce will affect you at work even if you believe you can just power through. It’s a good resource that you should utilize if you have it available to you.

Finally, remember, as we remind our clients, your lawyer is not your counselor. In your initial consultations, you’re revealing personal and even intimate details about your marriage, in order for your lawyer to better understand your case. It can be tempting, since you come to trust your lawyer with that personal information, to turn to your lawyer when you need to talk. But your lawyer doesn’t have training in counseling; your lawyer has training in advocating for clients. Family lawyers, in particular, focus on getting the best possible divorce decree for their clients and their clients’ children.

And while they understand the emotions involved, it’s much better for everyone – not to mention less expensive – to let lawyers work on settling the divorce and counselors to work on what you’re going through emotionally.

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