WE ARE WORKING!
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
Parenting Plans: One Size Does Not Fit All
If you go to court to get divorced, there’s a good chance—unless your spouse is abusive or otherwise not fit to parent—that you’ll get the same parenting plan that many other divorced parents in Texas gets.
In the standard parenting plan, one parent is designated a custodial parent, and the other is designated the non-custodial parent. Essentially, the non-custodial parent gets the children on Thursday nights and the first, third, and fifth weekends of each month, plus 30 days during the summer, every other spring break, and Thanksgiving/New Year’s Day or Christmas in alternating years.
The state has determined that plan is determined to be fair and workable for divorced parents, and for a lot of parents it is. But it’s not the best plan for all parents, and yet, some parents who would prefer a different plan don’t get to choose what they want because they go to court and get assigned the standard plan by the judge.
The best way to get an alternative plan into your decree is to settle your divorce out of court. There are a number of innovative ways to split parenting time, but if you leave the decree up to a judge rather than your negotiations, there’s no guarantee you and your spouse will get what you want, even if you’re both in agreement on that point. When you work together to settle your divorce, you’re more likely to get a decree that best fits you.