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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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How mental health conditions like borderline personality disorder can affect modification orders

| Mar 13, 2020 | Divorce, Emotional Support And Divorce |

We’re still learning about borderline personality disorder and how that can affect people in all aspects of their lives. For instance, there’s a Psychology Today article from July 2018 that posits that it might be more fluid and maybe not as much of an intractable disorder as we thought it was. For people living with that disorder, and the people living with people with disorder, that could be encouraging if that continues to bear out.

But as I know all too well from cases over the years, this can be a particularly impactful condition affecting marriages, leading to divorce, and then affecting the divorced parents in their efforts to raise their children. A person with borderline personality disorder has issues that are often times challenging for that person to change, sometimes at no fault of that person. That can result in harmful behaviors that impact parenting, as well as harmful behaviors that a child might learn from and then have to unlearn.

If you need to modify your divorce decree because of a partner who has borderline personality disorder — or, really, any mental condition that affects how a person parents — know that it can be done. While judges are normally extremely unwilling to take away a person’s parenting rights altogether, they’re also first and foremost concerned about the welfare of the children. If there are mental issues that impacts how a person parents or how a person interacts with the other parent, it’s definitely something that can be addressed in modification.

As with anything regarding divorce or modification, any documentation you can share with your lawyer can be helpful to your case. Your lawyer will be able to determine what is and what isn’t admissible, but even information that’s not admissible can still inform your lawyer and can help shape the legal strategy even if it’s not specifically used.

The most important thing you can do while your case is being modified is to do what you can to offset whatever negatives are happening as a result of the other parent’s behavior. Take a team perspective, with anyone else in your child’s life who has a supervisory role, like grandparents, teachers, and coaches providing positive influence and reinforcing what you want to teach.

It’s not something you’ll be able to do immediately or instantly, but it is something that done over time, with commitment, will help your children. It will also make you feel that you’re more empowered. These are situations where you can feel like there’s not much you can do, and yet you can by sticking to your principles and getting your support system on the same page.

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