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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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Ending your Texas marriage without acrimony: it can be done

Ending your Texas marriage without acrimony: it can be done

A generation ago, there were few ways – aside from traditional contested divorce litigation or a settlement agreement – to end a Texas marriage. If the parties couldn’t come to an agreement amongst themselves on important issues like child custody, visitation and property division, they had to fight it out in court, wasting valuable time and monetary resources. Instead of being divorced in a matter of months, it could easily take a year or more to dissolve a marriage if every issue must be decided by a judge with an already-full family court docket.

Nowadays, though, the divorce landscape is much different. While some Texas divorce actions are still contentious, many couples are now able to use alternative methods like mediation or collaborative divorce to end their marriage. These methods foster a spirit of cooperation, and, in addition to benefits like costing less than litigation and offering a quicker resolution, using an non-adversarial method can be especially helpful for couples with children, as it puts them in a good position to positively and respectfully co-parent their children for years to come.

Learning more

Alternative divorce methods are relatively new to the family law arena, and having a basic understanding of the various methods available can be helpful to someone thinking about dissolving their own marriage.

The most common alternative divorce method (which is also useful in other family-related legal issues) is mediation. Texas courts believe so strongly in the value of mediation that some judges will require divorcing parties to attempt mediation prior to litigating matters, particularly those relating to child custody and parenting time/visitation. Having a neutral third party – the mediator – help you make decisions can result in an agreement that you both can accept. In addition, mediation typically resolves contested issues quicker than a trial would and it is usually less expensive for the parties.

Another alternative method has gained traction in legal circles across the country in recent years: Collaborative law. Since, legally speaking, collaborative law is still in its infancy, many people are unfamiliar with it. Essentially, collaborative law is a series of meetings in which the husband and wife negotiate a settlement with their attorneys with the assistance of various professionals whose expertise is valuable to the couple’s unique situation.

For example, a couple dealing with financial issues might need the assistance of an accountant to help them come up with a fair property and debt division arrangement. Couples who cannot communicate well, or have other emotional issues might benefit from a counselor or psychologist being involved. If there are children, a parenting coordinator could be of assistance. Many parties report that settlements reached through the collaborative process are more successful because they feel a real sense of control over their lives. In their minds, the terms of an agreement are easier to meet since they were a vital part of its creation.

Finding the right kind of help

Obviously, if you have questions about a Texas divorce, whether you think that an alternative method will be of use, traditional litigation will be required or a settlement can be reached, strongly consider speaking with an experienced family law attorney in your area. An attorney can help you determine what method is probably the best fit for you and can give you knowledge about your rights and options that you need to make an informed decision about how to proceed.