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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 does extreme weather impact my parenting time?

| Feb 19, 2021 | Firm News |

The extreme weather we’ve experienced this week — and the loss of power and water for so many of our Texas neighbors that came with it — is astounding and hopefully once-in-a-lifetime. We’d hate for any of us who have had to endure the past week’s trials and tribulations to repeat it, as a lot of people’s days and nights were consumed by just surviving, enduring, and innovating to meet their basic needs. 

But it does raise an issue — and perhaps a warning flag — about bad weather and how it can impact parenting time. 

Bad Weather and the Texas Family Code

While we aren’t likely to have a weather event quite like this one anytime soon, we’ve already had snow in parts of Texas just a month before this storm, and there are plenty of weather events that can impact our ability to safely transport or even have children at home. If your AC goes out in August, for example, you could get kids to your house, but it could impact their safety — and it would likely be in the children’s best interest to be at a home with working AC. 

If you’re at all concerned about how to handle parenting time in various bad weather situations, and want to figure out how to keep your kids safe and get makeup time, it’s possible to write language to that effect into your decree. The Texas Family Code has language regarding possession that keys off the school calendar and days of the week. But it doesn’t have standard language that covers what happens if a school declares a snow day on a day the kids are supposed to be dropped off by one parent and picked up by the other. 

That means that in addition to following what’s in the decree,  it’s best for everyone — especially the children — for parents to communicate when weather impacts their ability to adhere to the parenting schedule everyone’s following. It’s even better when parents can cooperate and work out trades between themselves, but at the very least, being upfront and professional in communicating delays can be quite helpful. 

Be Honest About the Situation

That said, it’s also important to remember that weather shouldn’t serve as an excuse, especially if you’re using it as part of a lie or an exaggeration. If you say that you can’t take the kids for the weekend because it’ll be 100 out and your AC’s being repaired, but then your new love interest posts photos of you on social media enjoying a vacation that very weekend, that won’t end well for you (nor should it)!

But, if you have legitimate concerns about icy roads that your ex doesn’t share, for example, that’s where being able to communicate comes in to come up with a solution that serves everyone well. 

How an Attorney Can Help

It is possible to take your ex to court if you miss parenting time as a result of something related to bad weather, including differing perceptions of whether the weather was really bad enough to prevent an exchange from taking place. But with disputes like this, if it’s a one-time thing, what you get in compensation might not be worth what it takes to take it to court — though it can be the impetus to modify a decree, and that might be worth the time and money it will take to get a hearing. 

If you’re working on your decree now or your parenting time has been impacted by this weather event, contact the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance when we’re on the other side of this historic winter storm. We can let you know what your options are for dealing with any immediate fallout from this week’s storm, as well as how to prepare in the future. While we don’t think we’ll see anything like this anytime soon, it’s a good reminder that for some, what’s in the standard language of a decree might not be enough to make a divorcing couple prepared for what nature might bring. 

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