The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.

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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.


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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Why a mental health professional is so important in a collaborative divorce

| Aug 14, 2020 | Collaborative Divorce, Emotional Support And Divorce |

One of the best things about a collaborative divorce is that there’s room for a mental health professional to come in and help with key parts of the divorce process. A mental health professional, sometimes called a “divorce coach” in the collaborative arena, is there to help guide families through the emotional parts of the divorce process.

As family lawyers often point out to clients, lawyers are not therapists. Given the complex emotions that often come with divorce, it’s a good idea for many people going through divorce to seek therapy or some other form of emotional support. Too often, clients will lean on lawyers who are honestly better at the legal than the emotional aspects of divorce.

In a collaborative divorce, a mental health professional is a first line of defense for any strong emotions that come up during the divorce process. The MHP will be in meetings with the divorcing couple, and help the couple through the discussions. Sometimes, issues might need to be talked through, and sometimes, the couple just needs a time out if things get too heated or if one or both parties are tuning out.

In some cases, The MHP will be available to children who will be affected by their parents’ divorce. Depending on the family’s resources and needs, there might be a designated MHP for just the children. While the parents in a divorce have some level of agency and control over what’s happening, it’s different for children, and a good MHP will be able to help children through the process.

Even if a couple and their children aren’t needing emotional assistance, the mental health professional is there to help families come up with the best parenting plan for everyone. Too often, families will settle for “cookie cutter” plans that don’t really fit their specific needs. In some cases, the standard possession order works fine. But like we talked about last week, the Texas Family Code’s guidelines might not work best for the kids.

When I see parents come together in the collaborative process to create a family plan, it’s a wonderful thing. Those families get the sense that “we did it; this is our family plan” when they work with the MHP. The process helps parents focus on what’s best for the children, and the MHP is there to guide them through that in a way that attends to everyone’s emotions.

Make no mistake: Though a divorce involving children changes what a family looks like, it’s still a family in which parents are raising children. The MHP brings that perspective to the process while acknowledging that change is difficult and divorce usually means not having your kids 100 percent of the time.

If you’re interested in collaborative law and what a mental health professional can bring to your divorce, the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance can help you get started. Bringing a mental health professional into the mix is a cost-conscious approach to getting a family plan done—which can even be cheaper, in the long run, than working solely through lawyers.

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