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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.

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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 will coronavirus school closures affect who gets the kids?

| Mar 20, 2020 | Child Custody |

There are a lot of questions regarding coronavirus right now. Some of them, like when life will get back to normal, requires a crystal ball to be able to answer. But each state’s officials are beginning to get their collective heads around legal issues that are impacted by factors like social distancing and school closures.

That’s especially important to parents operating under divorce decrees covering who gets the children during spring break and once school is back in session, if it ever is, this spring. If you read it literally, the parent who has the kids during spring break keeps them until when school is in session. Depending on your school district and what it decides, that could be a very long time. But, in a decision that makes sense, that is not the case.

The Texas Supreme Court issued a special order earlier this week to uphold divorce decrees as they were intended: As if we were still operating under a normal and functioning school calendar.

The order explains that “the originally published school schedule will control” parenting time issues, specifically noting, “Possession and access shall not be affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic, including what is commonly referred to as the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It’s important to have that clarity: a lot of parents were disputing what extended breaks meant, leading to many calls to family lawyers and courts. With everything uncertain right now, it’s understandable that there were questions, but the order means that the time and energy that would have been spent on litigating how long spring break is can be spent on other things.

Of course, this is a time for common sense and caution. If you’re a parent who has tested for positive for coronavirus or you’re needing to self-isolate, you clearly need to do what’s best for the kids and make sure they’re in the place where they can best stay safe and healthy. Communication between parents is key right now, more than ever.

If you’re missing out on parenting time, and you’d like it to be made up later (perhaps in the summer, where there’s possibly more flexibility with a schedule), you could log the time now and work it out when we’re past this time of very stressful social distancing and worrying about the health of loved ones.

While we’re all hopeful that we’re doing enough to flatten the curve and get back to normal soon, we’re unclear about what’s going to happen and what things are going to look like once we’re through this. This is a time to be patient and not petty and do everything you can to put your children and everyone’s safety first. As hard as it might be to do, it’s so important right now.

 

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