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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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With COVID-19, divorces are up, but are they happening the same way?

| Jul 31, 2020 | Collaborative Divorce, COVID-19 Updates, Divorce, Domestic Violence |

Is coronavirus causing more divorce in Texas? Some news came out yesterday that while divorces dipped in April in Texas, the numbers rose in May and June—to push past the number of cases that happened in February. The article looks to connect the lockdown, and perhaps the extended time that couples had to spend together in a crisis, to the increase.

That bears out in a recent Reform Austin article on the topic, which connects the dots this way:

The pandemic that we are in has spurred a lot of self-examination in my clients, but also really looking at their relationships,” said clinical social worker and psychotherapist Christopher Brown.

Marriages are being challenged more than ever due to close proximity and some couples are realizing that they are not a good fit, according to Brown.

However, while couples are making the decision to go their separate ways, many divorcees are held up from moving on by changes in court operations brought on by the pandemic.

The article goes on to point out that restrictions on jury trials and the reliance on online court hearings are impacting how many family law cases can be handled and how they’re handled. Regular readers of this blog know that we covered court via Zoom and how to act in that court back in April when we were all getting used to our new altered reality.

What does this all mean? Indeed, maybe the increase in divorce filings isn’t just a correlation and does have something to do with all that people have to face. For some, sadly, the increased proximity and increased stress have been a toxic combination for spousal abuse, and those cases are typically ones that require litigation to safely, effectively get someone out of a marriage where that abuse persists.

But for other couples, who have determined during the pandemic that they want to get divorced? It’s important to note that the courts aren’t functioning like they were before the pandemic started. It’s a time in which patience needs to be exhibited by anyone involved with a divorce. While divorces are still happening, not everyone has the same ideal timeline for how quickly or slowly a divorce moves, and that creates stress.

It’s also maybe more important than ever that couples considering divorce think about alternative dispute resolution methods to arrive at final decrees. Collaborative divorce and mediation require more communication and negotiation from couples than a litigated divorce, but they also have compelling advantages for couples that can do that. Both methods give couples more say in the outcome, as with litigation, it’s ultimately up to a judge or a jury to decide. It’s also settled outside the public arena of a courtroom, so for people who want to keep their privacy. For couples who don’t want their divorce proceedings to stream on YouTube, which is how some courts are handling open-to-the-public requirements during this time, that could be a big plus.

This is a stressful time that we still believe we’ll all get through. While divorce is a challenging thing to get through in normal times, it can also be a helpful, liberating, necessary step in a person’s journey. We’re here to help people with making that step. Even though the way divorces are currently happening is a little different than usual, know that they are happening, they are possible, and we’re here with the fierce, compassionate approach that will help you through it.

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